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Lost and Found Hardcover – December 29, 2005

4.7 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (December 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399245030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399245039
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This was the first one we bought. It such a cute and enchanting tale about a boy and his penguin friend. My toddler and preschooler have always loved this story and request it frequently. They even pretend to be the boy and penguin (based on the movie version of the book). I love that it facilitated creativity and role play!
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I bought this book and movie. My 28 month old granddaughter loves them both. She loves to talk about what's in the movie and asks why those things aren't in the book. She loves the story both ways! This is a real treat for both of us!
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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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What a great book, the 2.5 year old loves it. It's short enough to hold the little's attention but long enough to make a great story. The short movie is awesome too, great visuals. Looking forward to nabbing more of Jeffers's books.
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Have to admit I saw the movie version first. I loved the movie so much - just didn't think the book could be as entertaining but it totally was. I read to 200 preschoolers every week so sometimes its hard to find books that both of us enjoy. This was definitely one of them!! I highly recommend the movie as well!
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My four year old sons LOVES this book. Once it arrived, we must have read it 7 times that first day. I think it is the beautiful pictures. As a mom, I really am happy that in the end, they learn what is important. A lovely story, very much enjoyed. Thank you!
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