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"Read it again. " That is what my two year old says every time we read this book. This beautifully illustrated book tells a story of a boy and an unlikely friend. I’ve enjoyed noticing new characteristics and details in the illustrations each time I read it. My son points out new things as well. Entertaining for young and old. Highly recommend you add it to your collection. Check it out!
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 Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Lost and Found Hardcover – December 29, 2005 by Oliver Jeffers (Author, Illustrator) Review
If you haven’t read Oliver Jeffers-you need to. I have a 2. 5 year old and we just found his works and are thrilled with them. Great for adults and for children alike. This book centers on a young boy that find a lost penguin and befriends him but thinks he needs to go home to the South Pole. They make the long trek and clearly both are sad upon departing. The boy returns and there is a great picture of an emotional hug and they reunite. It’s got a great visual of what it means to be friends and the allegory would be that your friend can be of any race, religion or species if you care for each other. The sequel Up and Down is a must have companion piece to this with the same two characters. HIGHLY recommended for your young child that is the avid story listener. -Read Reviews-
I bought this for my son after someone gave him “This Moose Belongs to Me” by the same author. It’s not as dryly hilarious as the moose book, but the illustrations are so sweet and adorable and my 23 month old loves it. It’s a simple tale about a little penguin who ends up on a boy’s door step, and the boy tries to help the supposedly lost penguin find his way home. When he finally takes him back to the South Pole, he realizes that the penguin in fact only wanted a friend. We love the pictures and the story.
Tags: Action & Adventure, Ages 4-8 Fiction, Animal stories (Children's, Animals, Animals - Birds, Animals - General, Birds, Children: Kindergarten, Children's Books, Emotions & feelings, Fiction, Friendship, General, Juvenile Fiction, Lost and Found, Lost and found possessions, NEW-COMMON-60889, Oliver Jeffers, Penguins, Personal & social issues (Children's, Philomel Books, Picture Books, Social Issues, Social Themes, Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings, Social Themes - Friendship, Teenage), Voyages and travels, YA)