Lost and Found Book Cover Lost and Found
Oliver Jeffers
Being lonely
HarperCollins UK
2006
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There once was a boy... and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. No one seems to be missing a penguin so the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn't what the penguin was looking for after all...

Lost and Found is a well-written story about a little boy on a quest to return a lost penguin. This is a poignant, funny story about friendship lost and then found again. The idea of a penguin turning up at the front door instantly engages children and the subtle humor throughout the story maintains this engagement. The book has several child-friendly messages about friendship, about knowing someone’s origins, and about helping those in need. Oliver Jeffers has created a timeless classic with Lost and Found and children of all ages will enjoy the story.

Classroom Activities:

  • Penguin research report
  • Similes – the waves were as big as mountains – what other similes could be used?
  • Rewrite the story from the penguins perspective
  • Rewrite the story with a different animal instead of the penguin
  • Make a found poster for the penguin
  • Country study – South Pole
  • What does it mean to feel lonely? How can we help someone who is feeling lonely?
  • Write a conversation between the penguin and the boy

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