by Kelly Canby
Published April 2015
Peter Pauper Press
Review copy provided by publisher
Olive is not your ordinary girl. And one day when this spunky young lady decides to go for a walk in her grumpy, too-busy city, she finds some extraordinary things. What Olive does with them will delight and inspire. This lively picture book is filled with the author's exuberant collage artwork and playfully hand-lettered words.
It never ceases to amaze me when authors and illustrators continually create books with unique concepts. All the Lost Things is a creative picture book that is definitely a new favorite of mine. It will appeal to a wide range of children for different reasons. The illustrations are extraordinary! There is so much to look at on each page. The author also uses color, and lack of color to help tell the story.
When Olive goes out for a walk to escape her noisy apartment, she stumbles upon a manhole cover. Upon further investigation, she finds an old woman who has been storing people's lost things in big boxes. There are ordinary things that people lose such as keys, glasses and remotes. Then there are other things that people lose like courage, dreams and will power. Olive decides to fill big jars with some lost things to give to her family such as memory for her grand dad. In the end, she does something that will give back something that the whole city seems to have lost.
This multi-layered book would be a wonderful addition to any K-5 school or classroom library. I plan to read it to my fourth graders and discuss what people can lost that are not "things" and if they could return something lost, what would it be?
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