HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Lost But Found: A Boy’s Story of Grief and Recovery
Author: Lauren Persons
Illustrator: Noah Hrbek
Publisher: Loving Healing Press, 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1615995486 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 161599548X Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1615995479 Paperback
ISBN-10: 1615995471 Paperback
Related website(s): http://www.LHPress.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 4 – 6
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: Children’s book
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Persons, Lauren. Lost But Found: A Boy’s Story of Grief and Recovery (Published in 2020 by Loving Healing Press, 5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). A young boy has lost his dad, a tall, thin man with a big, red beard—not in the grocery store or around the block, but to an awful disease. What can the boy do to cope with his loss? How will he remember his dad? Is it possible for him to maintain a connection as life goes on? One of the toughest issues a parent may ever have to face is explaining to a child that a loved one has died, whether father, mother, sibling, grandparent, etc.
This sweet book, with beautiful pictures that portray tender human contact, tackles grief at a developmental level for a very young child by allowing children to ask questions and talk about their fears and feelings. It offers comfort to young readers and their families by giving a sense of perspective and hope for the future, thus helping them to focus on the positive, healthy side of grief. It is an excellent book to have for kids when there is a loss of a loved one, so that can explore their emotions and thoughts, and hopefully open up a conversation with someone they trust.