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Lost and Found

Author: Oliver Jeffers

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ISBN: 9780399245039

Publisher: Philomel Books

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2009 - 2010

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Friendship

While trying his best to help a lost penguin that has shown up at his door, a boy journeys all the way to the South Pole, only to realize that the penguin was never lost.


Age Group 4 years

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Understanding that words are read from left to right and pages are read from top to bottom
  • Recognizing their name in print and other often-seen words, like those on signs name beginning letters or sounds of words
  • Matching some letters to their sounds
  • Developing awareness of syllables
  • May use familiar letters to try writing words
  • Retelling stories that have been read to them

Your child already knows how to read some words! Familiar favorite words like their own name, friends’ names, the name of their favorite restaurant, or other places you frequent, are part of your child’s sight word vocabulary. They aren’t quite decoding the words as they will later but they recognize the shape of the word when written out. Some logos like McDonalds or Subway also have color cues that your child can use to figure out the word. More and more, your child is paying attention to the visual clues of words. They are also continuing to make connections between the sounds and the letters that represent them. They may be telling stories by drawing pictures and sometimes adding letters or even a whole word to their drawings. This is a busy time in emergent literacy as your child is standing right on the edge of being able to read and write themselves!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 4-year-old as well as tips and activities for you and your child!

Why did we select this book?

This is a charming picture book that includes a journey and an adventure, but also shows how friends are made. This picture book is at a higher comprehension level than many books we have given to four-year-olds. We felt, though, that the book will be very much enjoyed as an adventure story and will grow with children as they experience friendship.


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