Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Children’s Book Review, Found

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson,

Found is a children’s picture book, written and illustrated by Salina Yoon and published by Bloomsbury (2014). I have previously reviewed Yoon’s Penguin and Pinecone.

From the publisher:

When Bear finds a lost stuffed toy bunny in the forest, he begins to worry. After all, the stuffed bunny must feel lonely and want to return safely to its owner and home! But as Bear diligently searches for the bunny's owner, posting notices high and low, he begins to grow attached to his newfound friend. What will happen when the bunny's owner finally comes forward? Was Bear meant to find Bunny all along? Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating love and friendship in many forms, reminding us that nothing is lost that is not meant to be found.

Our youngest readers deserve the very best books, the ones that speak to their hearts. Many children will know what it is to find something precious,  but have to give it back to its rightful owner. Others will remember the terrible pang of losing something or someone they loved. When Bear finds a toy bunny, he thinks it’s the most special thing ever. Because the lost bunny seems sad, Bear puts up posters and searches to try to locate its owner. Meanwhile, Bear and the lost bunny do lots of fun things together. Until Moose arrives to claim his bunny… A joyous ending sees Moose deciding to pass Floppy on to someone special - Bear.

Yoon’s bright and colourful illustrations are perfect for the targeted age group - five and under. However I think Found contains many points worth discussing with older kids, and hope you’ll share it with them too! The endpapers are an added feature for delight and discussion. Here kids will find the lost notices from the story and try to work out possible owners - from LOST: clown nose and LOST: hair to the more enigmatic LOST: my marbles! Help! (A great sign for my wall here.)

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