Monday, April 23, 2012

Aggie Gets Lost by Lori Ries

Happy Monday dear reader friends.
Well, the Castle was without internet services all weekend, which is why you might have noticed the absence of a book feature on Friday. If anyone has seen that little rapscallion Dirkus, let me know. I have a sneaking suspicion he might have had something to do with the disconnection.

Ah well, we are back up and running now and I have an endearing early chapter book for you today. Aggie Gets Lost by Lori Ries. Aggie and Ben are back for another adventure. If you've ever had a lost pet, you'll know exactly how poor Ben feels when his friend, Aggie gets lost at the park.
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Book Title: Aggie Gets Lost
Author: Lori Ries                                                                                
Illustrator: Frank W. Dormer

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Charlesbridge Pub Inc (July 1, 2011)
Reading level:Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 48 pages
Genre: Fiction early reader
ISBN: 978-1570916335

Book Theme:
Lost dog, responsibility, friendship, pet care

Book Summary
Aggie and Ben are back with another adventure in three short chapters just right for beginning readers. Ben and Aggie are playing fetch in the park. When Ben throws too far, Aggie doesn't come back! Ben looks and looks, but he cannot find her. It is the worst day ever. Ben's sadness turns into determination as he retraces his steps, makes posters, and enlists other people to help turn Aggie from a lost pup to a found one.

Activity Adventures:

Lost Posters:
Do you have a favorite pet?
Create a poster describing them. List all the things you love about them. Write a short description of what they look like. And draw a picture of what they look like. On the back of your poster, write a story about the first time you met your favorite pet.

Bake some cookies and shape them into doggie bones for the fun of it.

More fun is to Google a recipe for home made dog biscuits and make them for your pet or as gifts to friend's pets.

Authors Arena

Author Lori Reis
 Lori Ries was born in Syracuse, New York, the eldest of four children. She discovered a love for storytelling as a young child and wrote her first story when she was just ten-years-old. It was a short story called Jo-Jo the Raccoon based on a true story about a baby raccoon that Lori's grandfather found on the side of the road and brought home for his children to raise. Lori spent countless happy childhood days in upstate New York, but later moved with her family to Virginia where her step father's military career took them. They moved then to Hawaii, and later Montana where Lori graduated from high school. Lori returned to Virginia where she met her husband, David. With her growing family she has lived in Utah, Illinois, and finally Oregon, where they now reside. Lori remained interested in writing and storytelling since those early days when she wrote about Jo-Jo the raccoon. In high school, her English teacher Joe Anderson, encouraged her gift and told her if she worked at it she could become a great writer. The seed was planted and Lori eventually enrolled in the Institute of Children's Literature to pursue her love of writing. She began to bloom when she received a scholarship to the Highlights Foundation's Annual Writer's Workshop in Chautauqua, New York. It was at Chautauqua, where Lori received encouragement and inspiration, that she met an exuberant little boy named Sam. It was there that Super Sam! was born. Lori lives in Tigard, Oregon, with her husband and three children.

Illustrator: Frank W. Dormer

Frank Dormer graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in illustration.
He now divides his time between teaching and book illustration. He has created art for several children's books, including Socksquatch, his first book as both an author and illustrator.
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast has an interview with Frank.

1 comment:

Eric VanRaepenbusch said...

I hate it when the internet goes out!

This sounds like a great book. We do not have pets, but I can only imagine how hard it would be for a child to lose a pet. Awful!

Thanks for sharing the information about Lori. I have heard such great things about Chautauqua.