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Lost Things

illustrated by Carey Sookocheff

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2021
General, Emotions & Feelings
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
  • Reading age: 3 to 6


In this charming simple story, things are lost, things are found and, somehow, it's all just as it should be.

Sometimes things are lost. A hair ribbon. A pencil. A dog on a leash. But when someone loses a thing, another person may find it, sometimes with surprising results. In this thoughtful and deceptively simple story, several things are lost, and then each is found --- not always by the person who lost it, but always by someone who can use it.

Though for most young children --- and their grownups! --- losing something is a cause for stress, Carey Sookocheff's delightful picture book presents the experience in a calm, matter-of-fact tone and invites readers to consider things from a different perspective. The subtle message is one we can all learn from --- while you can't always control what happens, you can manage how you respond. With very spare text and easy-to-follow visual storytelling, the book has a this-then-that rhythm that is reassuring and pleasant. It also begins and ends with the same girl walking her dog in the park, making for a cohesive and satisfying story. The illustrations use a limited, cool palette with the color orange signifying each of the lost items, perfect for enhancing observational skills and visual literacy. This book would work well as a jumping off point for children to create stories of their own, imagining what might have happened to something they've lost, who might have found it, and what might happen to it next.

About the author

CAREY SOOKOCHEFF is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, Sprout, Seed, Sprout! and What Happens Next. She is also the author/illustrator of Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems and Wet. She loves all kinds of stories, except for scary ones. She lives in Toronto with her family and their dog Rosie.

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Editorial Reviews

... a lovely picture book, one that encourages all readers to wonder about the lost things ... Though Lost Things tells a simple story using few words, the images add volumes.

CM Magazine

A quiet, wondrous discovery.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

... Sookocheff thoughtfully explores the often invisible ways that communities can be linked ...

Publishers Weekly, starred review

... these simple illustrations and spare text weave a comforting and surprisingly complex story that's perfectly suited to a preschool audience.—Quill & Quire, starred review

... reminds readers that while you can't control what happens, you can control how you respond.

Quill & Quire

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