There isn’t a wasted filler in the picture book Found. Every pen and ink illustration is so vividly rendered that the reader will want to linger on each page and pour over each careful detail. This is the story of a young girl who has lost her dog, Prudence. She has also found a small dog, and we follow her as she apprehensively cares for it. In due time she learns to let her guard down and begins to fall for this little fur friend; the joyful illustrations in very limited color further compliment the emotions of the story’s characters.
Soon the young girl finds a lost dog posting. She learns that the dog’s name is Roscoe and that he is missed by another. Readers can empathize with the choices swirling in the girl’s mind and heart. Ultimately she makes her choice, and we learn that love and loss are often inseparable.
This story lends a hand and sympathetic heart to those of us who have loved and lost, and found again. It carries its weight in both sadness and hope; it unites us in the human condition and the search for finding what was lost. This story speaks to many hearts in many situations, and I recommend this to young children, seasoned readers, and everyone in between.
|Author||Jeff Newman • Larry Day, Illustrator|
|Page Count||48 pages|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers|
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