Language Pattern: Problem Solving Pattern

The problem-solving pattern is another language pattern used in children’s picture books. You see this pattern in all good stories.

You might think that the problem-solving pattern does not seem like a distinct literary pattern, but it is in that children learn to predict what they think the problem is, and then they start looking for solutions.

The book, The Little Engine that Could, starts out with an engine that can’t make it up the hill and needs help. The dolls and toys ask the first engine that comes along. Then they ask another engine. The events accumulate until they come to the little engine that can help them. Then their problem is solved.

In another story, No Place Like Home, a mole wants to find a place that feels like home. He wants a place that is bright and beautiful. He sets off in search of this perfect place. He goes to his different friends. He asks hedgehog. He goes to squirrel. His friends all try to help him find the perfect place that is home.

In the end, Mole realizes the best place is his old home. So, the main character has a problem and his friends help him solve it.

Another story is Crow Boy. The boy has a problem. He is different. His problem is solved when the children recognize his talents and accept him.

Another book is The Crayon Box that Talked. The story is written as a poem. The characters have a problem. They have to come together and realize that they need each other. So many things can be talked about with The Crayon Box that Talked.

As mentioned, every good story contains the problem-solution language pattern. The Little Engine that CouldNo Place Like Home, Crow Boy, and The Crayon Box that Talked are examples of children's picture books that contain the problem-solution language pattern.