Lost for Words by Natalie Russell is another book about writing. And it's such a charming tale. Tapir has a new notebook and pencils and thinks he needs to write in it. He doesn't seem to be able to come up with any kind of story. For inspiration he wanders around and sees what his friends have done. Giraffe writes lovely poetry, hippo has a way with stories, and flamingo makes songs. Tapir just doesn't do any of those. After a bit, he lets his own talent come out in the way of pictures.
The artwork was done with screen printing. This is a sweet gentle story with quiet soft friends that let each other be themselves. Tapir felt at a loss to not be creating as the others, but once he found his own voice he found himself. The colors and drawings reflect the kind and inventive nature of the story direction.
I'll use this title with Preschool to Second grade students. It shows the many ways to communicate feelings, ideas, and concepts.