Finders Keepers by Keiko Kasza

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Finders Keepers by Keiko Kasza

Title: Finders Keepers
By: Keiko Kasza
Published: 2015
Call #: JPicture Kasza,K

In each picture book she writes and illustrates, Keiko Kasza provides plot twists and surprises galore.  You never know where her tales will take you.  She is the perfect author to use to introduce the idea of narrative to young readers (preschoolers and early elementary).  Just look at all The Dog Who Cried Wolf, The Mightiest, and others.  Another fantastic and eventful title is her bouncy Finders Keepers in which a squirrel’s red hat goes on an extraordinary journey.  A squirrel buries a tasty acorn and uses its red bowler hat to cover the hole, telling the chapeau to stay put.  However, a wind carries the hat away, and soon it travels from animal to animal, becoming a bird’s nest, an ant’s boat, and, most dramatically, a bear’s clown nose.  Kasza has mastered the page turn, making you more than anxious to see what happens on the next spread.  The resolution feels just perfect and settled, but then she throws in one last surprise that makes young readers giggle with delight.


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