The Land of Lost Things / El Pais de Las Cosas Perdidasby Dina Bursztyn (Illustrator)
"I was going to draw, but my blue pencil was missing. It was lost! Where do all the lost things go?" A young boy's search for his misplaced pencil leads him to wonder where all the lost things go. When he looks inside his pencil box he sees a slim ray of light, and his imagination sends him through the opening and into an unknown world in search of his pencil. Soon he finds himself in the Land of Lost Things! He enters through the Forest of Lost Blue Pencils, where the sun is setting. But it isn't the sun; it's a golden button he lost a long time ago. He finds lots of other things he has lost as he wanders, following the path to the Mountain of Lost Mittens, through the Garden of Lost Umbrellas and to the Island of Lost Stuffed Animals. Argentine artist and arts educator Dina Bursztyn's inventive story is enlivened by her whimsical, colorful gouache, collage and pen-and-ink illustrations in this charming, magical book that explores the power of the imagination. Children ages 4-8 will delight in one boy's fanciful journey through a strange and mysterious land.
A child's inquisitive search for a lost pencil takes him on an imaginary tour.
Missing his favorite blue pencil, a little boy visualizes his way through "the land of lost things." On his quest he encounters not just his own but a "forest of lost blue pencils." Ripping a pencil from one of the trees releases a flood of dark blue color that spreads across the page. Wielding an eraser, the boy creates a newly white space to reveal a setting sun, green centipede and a butterfly of many colors—really his lost golden button, comb and scissors. Soon, still wandering in this strange world of mislaid items, the boy finds his flashlight and holey red sock amid a flock of flying ones as he follows the path to "a mountain of mittens" and walks through "a garden of lost umbrellas." Still unable to find his original blue pencil, a brown one from his pencil box creates a new drawing of inspired adventure. The boy's inventive exploration is depicted with whimsical art in digital collage, opaque watercolors and markers. The art creates the necessary fanciful atmosphere for this tale, as the bilingual telling lacks verve.
A mildly interesting way to introduce artistic expression to a preschool audience.(Picture book. 4-6)
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