Thursday, July 11, 2013
Lost and Found
Author & Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publication Year: 2005
Location: Knox County Public Library- Halls
Awards: Nestles Smarties Book Prize, Blue Peter Book Award, Kate Greenway Award Shortlist, CBI Book of the Year
Summary: A boy finds a penguin at his door and thinks he's lost. He looks for the penguin's home and eventually they set off in a rowboat to return him to the South Pole. They arrive and the boy leaves him there, but eventually he realizes that he misses the penguin. "The penguin had not been lost, just lonely." When the boy goes back to find the penguin, he finds him in an umbrella rowing out to try and meet the boat so the two friends return the boy's home together. The gouache illustrations are gorgeous with vibrant colors (I especially love the storm at sea with all the movement pictured.)
Classroom Ideas: The idea of problem and solution could be explored, as well as the simple plot easily mapped. There are two big themes here: Be sure you understand the problem (hmmm...this could also be tied into math practices in common core-) before you try to solve it and of course friendship and faithfulness.