In Found, Bear finds a toy bunny in the forest and tries his best to search for its ‘family’. As Bear spends more time with the bunny, however, he finds himself being emotionally conflicted between his wish to keep it and his empathy for the bunny’s family — especially since no one comes to claim it… Until one day, someone does.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this book would appeal to the kids. Sure, its shiny Caldecott Honor credentials attest to the quality of the illustrations within, but there are barely any words inside and the basic story about a duckling wandering off on his own while his mother goes around searching for him, seems pretty straightforward. In fact, the title — Have You Seen My Duckling? — is repeated several times in the book in the form of the mother duck’s speech, and serves as the main body text.
Well, I was wrong: it was a huge hit with both kids!
If you found something valuable and/or cool that someone left behind but which you have no way of returning to the owner, would you keep it (after all, finders keepers) or would you leave it where you found it, in case the owner comes looking for it — even if someone else may come along and take it away?
As the title suggests, Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? tells the story of a duck who can’t find his beloved new blue socks and goes around asking his friends if they have seen them.
Created by the same author/illustrator pair behind Tweak Tweak, this book features the same muted colours and distinctive style of illustrations as the former, but is targeted at a younger audience and features less text and a simpler storyline.
Anyone who has ever misplaced something important at one point will agree that the time between discovering the loss (even a temporary one) of the item and eventually — in best-case scenarios — retrieving it unscathed, is always agonising, involving obsessive tracing back of steps, wild conjectures and frantic searches even in the most unlikely places — juuust in case.