LOST FOR WORDS written and illustrated by NATALIE RUSSELL
A gentle story about finding your creative spark
Tapir wants to express himself, but he can't find the words! He and his friends all have nice new notebooks, just waiting to be filled. Giraffe decides to write a poem, Hippo writes a story, and Flamingo composes a beautiful song. But poor Tapir can't think of anything to write - and the harder he tries the more upset he becomes! But everything starts to change when Tapir stops trying to write and begins to draw...
Natalie Russell is an author, illustrator, and printmaker whose work has been widely exhibited. When she's not in her studio creating books, she can be found at Dundee University in Scotland where she teaches illustration.
Tapir was so eager to write yet with pencil to paper he was as blank as the paper sitting in front of him. All of his friends were creative writers. Giraffe was so very poetic in his writings. Hippo knew the beginning and the end to his stories before he ever put pencil to paper. The words to Flamingo's songs come to her easily as she hums a tune. He tried all the muses that inspired his friends to write. His friends tried their best to encourage Tapir. Nothing worked. So he took off to find a place be alone and think. Then something came over him and the beauty of the sun began to inspire him. What do you think was Tapir's muse? Did he have a hidden talent like his friends? Do you have a muse which inspires you?
Such a lovely story the author and illustrator has provided for our children! Words to encourage and illustrations to stimulate their imagination. She encourage children to find their hidden talent. Friends and family can be a child's biggest cheerleader and sometimes unintentionally the cause for discouragement. Are you in tune enough to your child to recognize their talents? I highly recommend this book. I rated this book 5 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.