Patches Lost and Found by Steven Kroll

Schema: pets, writing, a lost pet

Text-to-Self Connections: Challenges at school, trying to find a lost pet

Problem Solving: The main character loves to draw but has a hard time with creative writing. Her teacher challenges her to write a story instead of drawing pictures. Jenny’s pet guinea pig, Patches, is missing. She begins to draw pictures of what could have happened to him. After he is found, Jenny realizes that if she writes about her pictures in sequence that it would be a great story. This book may help students who struggle with what to write about. If they like to draw, they could write about their drawing. The story also shows how Jenny is using her imagination to write a fictional story about her pet being lost.

Compare and Contrast: what really happened to Patches vs. what Jenny imagined for her story


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