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"A little mouse walks into the Lost & Found, but can only speak Polish. How will Mr and Mrs Frog figure out what the mouse is missing...?

Aimed at children aged 2-7, the unique 'Story-powered language learning method' combines humour, story and emotion to gently and memorably introduce kids to more than forty simple and fun Polish words and phrases.

The kids were so busy laughing they didn't realise they were learning."" Kyle Buchannan, Dad of two, London. It's a bilingual children's book with a difference, that helps lay the foundations of a love of languages.

How does the Story Powered Language Learning Method work?

Unlike a Polish picture dictionary, bilingual Polish English children's books, or traditional Polish language books, the Fabulous Lost and Found uses the the 'Story-powered Language Learning Method' taps into a child's natural abilities. There are three steps: We create an emotionally engaging and funny story for children and adults to enjoy together, just like any of the other Polish books for children. Studies show that social interaction, like enjoying a book together, is critical in language learning. Through the story, we introduce a relatable character who speaks only in the new language. This helps build empathy and a positive attitude towards people who speak different languages. These are both important aspects in laying the foundations for lasting language acquisition in a child's life. As the story in this Polish picture book progresses, the child naturally works with the characters to discover the meanings of a wide range of fun new words and phrases. Strategic use of humour ensures that this subconscious learning is rewarded with laughter; the child feels good and the first seeds of a lifelong love of language are sown.

Message from the Author, Mark Pallis:

There is a special magic about learning words another language and using them: I truly think it warms the heart. I've learnt jokes or songs in ten languages so far and it's brought me so much joy. This Polish book for children is first and foremost a really enjoyable story, but it's also my way of helping little learners engage with a new language, empathise with strangers and ultimately build a love of languages. And it happens without them realising. Any parent who has ever tried to smuggle vegetables into pasta sauce will know that you can get a lot of good stuff into things without kids noticing. This book is the same! I want you all to have fun together and enjoy the story. The learning is a bonus; the icing on the cake or extra veg in the sauce! The idea that after a few reads, kids will be able to go up to a native speaker and tell them in their own language: 'I've lost my hat' fills me with joy. Imagine how proud the child, and you, will feel! I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it. Mark"

Illustrated by:   Peter Baynton
Imprint:   Neu Westend Press
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 216mm,  Spine: 3mm
Weight:   109g
ISBN:   9781916080133
ISBN 10:   1916080138
Series:   Lear 50 Polish Words
Pages:   38
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 0 to 8 years
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Baynton is an animator, director and illustrator based in London. He is the Animation Director of the UK's Channel 4's new 2019 Christmas film, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, adapted from Judith Kerr's classic book. He has been directing short films, music videos and commercials for twelve years, picking up over 25 awards at film festivals around the world along the way. He has also worked as a storyboard artist on the BAFTA winning CBeebies show Sarah & Duck, and in 2017 was the 2D Animation Director for Paddington 2. Mark Pallis is a lifelong lover of language. He was originally a lawyer but switched to the creative sector and devised the award winning BBC TV drama Garrow's Law and served as Story Editor over its three series. Since then, Mark built up 15 years' experience in communication, branding and storytelling, including as Creative Director of a busy London ad agency, writing screenplays and episodes for the Daytime Emmy winning Tales of Peter Rabbit and sitting on the Executive Committee of the Children's Media Foundation. He is represented by the BKS Agency. His first children's book 'Crab and Whale' has been translated into five languages. He lives with his wife and two young children.

Reviews for Fabulous Lost & Found and the Little Polish Mouse

"""With this delightful little mouse, your child will soon be laughing and speaking some Polish without being overwhelmed. I'll be recommending it to anyone of Polish heritage as it's such an engaging way to learn."" Anna Kucewicz,""I love that I can introduce my kids to a new language without it feeling like homework."" Zoe Reynolds, UK""Let's read it again."" Noah, aged 4.5""The Fabulous Lost & Found is a fabulous bilingual story for anyone to enjoy and read in two languages. Mark Pallis is set to make our world a multilingual place where all languages are cherished. I highly recommend this book!"" Dr. Fabrice Jaumont, Author of The Bilingual Revolution. ""Utterly charming story, making use of children's natural approach to learning language"" Madalena Xanthopoulou, Founder, The Alma Collective. Expert on raising multilingual children.""A wonderful book to introduce a new language into the classroom. Lots to talk about and really captIvating illustratIons."" Rohan Plunkett, Deputy Head, Akiva Primary School."

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