Lost for Words

Natalie Russell (Author)
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Tapir wants to express himself, but he can't find the words!
Tapir 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.
This gentle story from author and illustrator Natalie Russell will inspire even the littlest artists to find their creative spark.

Product Details

Peachtree Publishing Company
Publish Date
March 01, 2014
10.0 X 0.4 X 9.9 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Natalie Russell writes and illustrates picture books. Her Dad has always been there for her... to give kind words and a solution to every problem.


"Anyone who has ever hunted for inspiration will relate to this delightful story about creativity and friendship."
"The seemingly simple, rhythmic text blossoms into a tender story of longing and accomplishment. The universal theme of discovering one's special talents is explored in this tale of friendship and the power of creativity."
"Russell's story stars a tapir whose tubby form, demure snout, and pinprick eyes offer a winsome addition to the traditional picture book menagerie.... While most of the writing is in sweet earnest, the moments in which Russell allows herself gentle hints of irony...are the story's best."
"Russell's... soft, colorful screen-print-style illustrations fill the pages with sunny skies, vast landscapes, and friendly, contemplative animal friends. Young readers will likely sympathize with the roly-poly Tapir as he worries about whether he is as good as his friends, and they will cheer when he finally discovers his own skills to be proud of."