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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (December 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399245030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399245039
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 10.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 17.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–Once there was a boy who found a penguin at his door. From this opening line to the very end, this gentle story of friendship will capture young readers' imaginations. The child assumes that the penguin is lost, which is logical since the lumpy black-and-white bird does look awfully forlorn. Determined to help the creature find its way home, he discovers that penguins come from the South Pole, and the two board a rowboat. During their long sea voyage, the youngster passes the time by telling his companion many stories. However, when they finally reach their destination, he realizes that the penguin was not lost, but just lonely and looking for a friend. The soft watercolor paintings feature simple shapes and a palette that ranges from pale to bold. The boy has a square body, stick legs, and a round head with tiny dot eyes and an expressive mouth. For much of the tale, the characters are placed on crisp white backdrops, while colorful ocean scenes depict their journey. The text's subtle humor and the appealing visuals make this title a wonderful read-aloud.–Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA
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PreS-K. On his doorstep, a little boy finds a penguin looking sad and lost, and he tries to help the wordless bird. When the boy discovers that penguins come from the South Pole, he takes his new friend there by rowboat, telling him stories along the way. He helps the penguin ashore and casts off. The penguin sadly watches him float away. Realizing his mistake, the boy returns for the penguin, misses him, finds him, hugs him, and takes him back in his rowboat. A sense of restraint underlies the illustrations, from the spare use of color to the isolation of the individual characters on the page. With clean lines and varied compositions, the watercolor paintings tell the story with a minimum of fuss but no lack of feeling. But unlike characters in the soppier sort of picture books on friendship, the boy and the penguin don't gush; they just quietly enjoy being together. With a succinct narrative text and a series of expressive illustrations, this is a fine choice for reading aloud. Carolyn Phelan
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More About the Author

Oliver Jeffers is an artist, designer, illustrator and writer from Northern Ireland.

From figurative painting, collage and installation to illustration and award winning picture-books, Oliver Jeffers practice takes many forms.

His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Brooklyn Museum New York.

HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his picture books, now translated into over 30 languages, including The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and the New York Times Bestseller This Moose Belongs to Me and #1 New York Times Bestseller The Day The Crayons Quit.

Oliver won an Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative  work with artist and filmmaker Mac Premo. He has made art for Newsweek, The New York Times, United Airlines, TED, Nintendo, and has illustrated a a number of novels.

In 2007, Jeffers was the official illustrator for World Book Day.

Lost and Found became Oliver's first book to made into animation by London based Studio AKA, screening on Christmas Eve 2008 on Channel 4 in the UK and on Nickelodeon in the US and Australia.

In 2013, Jeffers illustrated the vinyl cover (a drawing of Nelson Mandela) for the U2 song "Ordinary Love". Jeffers also co-directed (with Mac Premo) the video for the U2 song "Ordinary Love".

Oliver was born in Port Hedland, Australia, grew up and was educated in Belfast Northern Ireland and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

www.oliverjeffers.com
www.oliverjeffersworld.com

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This is a sweet story with great illustrations.
MRG
I would recommend this book to people of all ages - young kids will understand the story and older kids and adults can appreciate the artwork.
Shelley
After reading them my son proclaimed he wants all of Oliver Jeffers books!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Emily K. Paster on October 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Lost and Found tells the story of a boy who finds a penguin at his door and sets about returning the penguin, whom the boy assumes is lost, to his home. Along the way, the two become friends and the boy realizes that his goal of returning the penguin to the South Pole may not be the best thing to do after all. My 3 year old daughter quite enjoys this book. There is an anxious moment when the boy can't find the penguin, but by the end, all is well. My daughter likes to talk about how that part of the book is sad, but the end is happy. This is also one of those stories where kids occupy the whole world and no grown-ups are to be found. I think that is part of the appeal for young readers.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By nycman on May 22, 2006
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Lost and Found will hopefully win many awards for this touching adventure story with themes of Love and Friendship at its core.

A boy befriends a penguin and tries to return him to his home at the South Pole. They bond and enjoy each others' companionship. They never give up on each other, even when they become separated. The boy shows surprising maturity when he realizes he made a mistake leaving the penguin and then goes back to find him. What a great lesson to learn, that it's OK to make a mistake, acknowledge it, then take action to amend it!

This story illustrates that it's the Journey, the trip along the way, not necessarily just the destination that gives life meaning and value. Furthermore, the values of friendship, companionship, and sharing come through strongly in this story.

This book also taps into classic, timeless themes of finding one's way back home, almost like a kid's version of The Odyssey.

The watercolors of the book are spectacular, deep and rich. The drawings have an interesting scale that make the two travelers seem quite heroic.

The final reunitement embrace of boy and penguin will melt your heart. What a touching portrait! I challenge the public to find another embrace that is so simple, so pure, so elegant, so Loving.

This book is a Treasure!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CherubChub on March 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Oliver Jeffer's second book has become one of my favorite picture books ever. I recommend this for children and adults. This is a story of a boy and the penguin he finds on his doorstep. Assuming he is lost, the boy attempts to return him to the South Pole. After a long and dangerous adventure, the boy realizes that the penguin was not lost-- he was lonely and looking for a friend. Just flip to end of this book and look at the two of them hugging. Its the cutest dang 'ol thing ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carly on January 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Lost and Found pop up edition is simply magical, the story and the illustrations are fantastic, they move round and change to flow beautifully with the story.

One day a boy finds a penguin at his doorstep, he thinks he must be lost, so sets out to find where he comes from. The little boy sets out on his adventure in his row-boat, to the South Pole, to bring the poor little penguin home.

In the end he goes back to find the penguin because he realises he isn't lost, he's just lonely. The whole story is simply darling, everything was so well written and put together, my little one (3) was entranced from start to finish, she kept going back to the book, pulling the tabs, popping up the pages and flipping the tabs up and down.

My daughter loved it so much she is away to bed with it, with a reminder to be very careful with all the little tabs.

Oliver Jeffers has done a wonderful job with Lost and Found, we will go back and read it again and again, a new favourite.

A big thank-you to Harper Collins for the review copy. :)

Put this on your wishlist for your little one today, they will love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ah Pook on May 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There is indeed a 24 min adaptation of Oliver's wonderful book created by Studio aka and Contender Entertainment - It's available on DVD - but at the moment only via Amazon UK in PAL Region 2 format - so US customers should check that their player is multi-region before purchase! A US release is not yet confirmed - but check out the 5* Star reviews on Amazon UK!
You can see some images of the film and view a trailer at: [...]
Note to fans: The DVD also includes a 'making of' featurette which has an interview with Oliver who also worked on the film, and you can spot his illustrations throughout...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Flanders on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love the penguin! The illustrations are very well done and colorful. Oliver Jeffers produces yet another "Again" book that my 3 year old enjoys.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Davidae Y. Stewart on March 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book to help my 5yr old daughter read, and fell in love with the book. The story is so sweet. The pictures humorous and touching. It's a well crafted and lovely book. And I recommend it for any adult who loves a good short story.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shelley on May 21, 2006
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This is the first children's book I have purchased since I was a kid (which was not long ago!) The adorable penguin on the cover caught my attention, but the illustrations and sweet story blew me away. I am so impressed with Mr. Jeffer's book, I had to write a quick review.

I would recommend this book to people of all ages - young kids will understand the story and older kids and adults can appreciate the artwork. His illustrations are fantastic and the subtle humor of the artwork can be enjoyed by everyone. A must for children's books fans, artists and adults in need of a new book for their kids!
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