Lost and Found

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From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day The Crayons Quit comes a humorously warm tale of friendship. Now also an animated TV special!

What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being ...

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Overview

From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day The Crayons Quit comes a humorously warm tale of friendship. Now also an animated TV special!

What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been lost, it had merely been lonely.

A poignant, funny, and child-friendly story about friendship lost . . . and then found again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This beguiling tale featuring the round-headed lad from Jeffers's debut book, How to Catch a Star, begins, "Once there was a boy who found a penguin at his door." Enticing, spare text and watercolor pictures follow the earnest, red-and-white-striped shirt clad child's quest to help the sad-looking penguin find its way home. He checks with the Lost and Found Office ("But no one was missing a penguin") and futilely asks some birds and the rubber duck that shares his bath for guidance before reading (in a book drolly entitled Where Penguins Come From) that his new friend hails from the South Pole. After making sure their rowboat is ship-shape, the two set out to sea, the child rowing south while telling stories to the rapt penguin, sitting in the bow, endearingly holding a striped umbrella over its head when the weather turns stormy. The prose reflects the hero's sudden sadness after he sees the bird home (there "was no point telling stories now because there was no one to listen except the wind and the waves"). Youngsters will cheer the pals' inevitable reunion and will likely request an immediate rereading of this gently humorous and heartwarming tale of friendship found, lost and regained. Ages 4-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
Jeffers' previous book, How to Catch a Star, was a bit of a disappointment with great illustrations but unsatisfying text. With his new book, the story lives up to the excellent pictures. The story is simple and quietly told: a boy finds a sad-looking penguin at his door. Deciding the penguin must be lost, the boy helps it find its way home. They take a rowboat to the South Pole, with the boy telling the penguin stories the whole way there. They say goodbye at the Pole and the boy floats away. The penguin, looking sad, watches him go. The boy suddenly realizes his mistake: the penguin had not been lost, just lonely. After a few missteps, the boy and penguin are reunited. The book ends with a touching painting of the boy and penguin hugging. It could have been dreck, but Jeffers pulls it off. Anyone who has watched a small child play with a special stuffed animal will recognize the behavior in this book: giving the penguin emotions, looking after it, telling it stories, being comforted by it. The full-page, full color illustrations are charming, simple, and unusual. This sweet, but not sappy, book should be a hit with the preschooler crowd.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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 Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A lad finds a penguin on his doorstep and resolutely sets out to return it in this briefly told import. Eventually, he ends up rowing it all the way back to Antarctica, braving waves and storms, filling in the time by telling it stories. But then, feeling lonely after he drops his silent charge off, he belatedly realizes that it was probably lonely too, and turns back to find it. Seeing Jeffers's small, distant figures in wide, simply brushed land- and sea-scapes, young viewers will probably cotton to the penguin's feelings before the boy himself does-but all's well that ends well, and the reunited companions are last seen adrift together in the wide blue sea. Readers who (inexplicably) find David Lawrence's Pickle and Penguin (2004) just too weird may settle in more comfortably with this-slightly-less offbeat friendship tale. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399245039
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/29/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 82,220
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers (www.oliverjeffersworld.com) makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down, the New York Times bestselling Stuck; The Hueys in the New Sweater, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and This Moose Belongs to Me, a New York Times bestseller. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
 
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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Oliver Jeffers has a knack for delivering a heartfelt story alon

    Oliver Jeffers has a knack for delivering a heartfelt story alongside humor and adventure. When a boy finds a penguin on his front step, he decides that it must be lost. He finds the penguin a home, but when he leaves the penguin there, he realizes his mistake.

    With his unique illustrations and simple yet expressive storytelling ability, Jeffers gives kids a heartwarming tale of friendship they won't forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    A Family Favorite.

    Lost and Found is first year reading in schools these days. After the kids brought it home, it's not just a school favorite anymore. Love the penguin and the sea scenes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Great Book - A Must Buy

    A friend of mine recommended this book for my 2 1/12 year old nephews and they absolutely love it. The illustrations are beautiful and the book tells a great story about friendship. I plan to purchase more books from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

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    Very cute book

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this book but it is great. The story is cute, as are the illustrations. My son loves it and we read it often.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

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    Lost and Found is a wonderful book. I can relate to this book in many different ways. I recommend many people to read this book especially if you have any family problems. This book will help you get through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    Sweet Tale

    A hit in our first grade class! Beautiful illustrations and a touching story for young and old alike. We used this book during our penguin unit, but it is great for teaching friendship as well. Can't wait for Jeffer's next book due out April 19 - saw a copy from oversees and it is even more delightful! Jeffers' 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' is especially great for teaching the importance of reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2006

    love this book so much, we read it to adults!

    We found this at the library and it was such a hit, I have to buy it. Everything about this book is wonderful -- delightful illustrations and a charming story about friendship. A clever twist on the classic 'boy and his dog' theme. We read from the book before bed, and once he's in bed, my son insists on hearing it again. I don't mind because I love the story, plus it's easy to embellish and tell slowly as he drifts off to sleep.

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