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Picture Story Book Of The Week – Lost and Found

Teacher review for Lost and Found.  These reviews are created to assist teachers with implementing and incorporating numerous reading strategies into everyday activities.  Each book review will include suggestions for class discussions on some, or all of the following reading strategies; Predicting, Making Connections, Main Idea, Summarizing, Inferring, Fact and Opinion, Word Meaning in Context, Visualizing, Recalling Facts and Details, Real and Make Believe, Compare and Contrast, Cause and Effect, Author’s Purpose and Sequencing.  Use this review as a teaching tool to spark meaningful class discussion or create your own comprehension questions for group reading sessions or individual reading.  Check back every Sunday for a new review or click subscribe so that you never miss out!

Name: Lost and Found
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Pages: 32

Summary: A boy is surprised when a penguin shows up at his door and eventually they bond and develop a meaningful friendship.  But the penguin is sad, so the boy tries to make him happy by taking him to his home.  Unfortunately both the boy and the penguin struggle adjusting to being apart, missing each other terribly.  Eventually the pair find each other again, proving that true friendship can survive even the toughest of times.

Reading strategies: **Note, to avoid confusion, pages start from the first text and image**
Pages 1 & 2
Facts and Details: Who are the main characters in this story?
Pages 3 & 4
Inferring: Why do you think the penguin starts to follow the boy everywhere?
Pages 5 & 6
Connections: Where have you seen a lost and found (or lost property) before?
Cause and Effect: What causes the boy to try and help the penguin find his way home?
Real and Make Believe: The boy asks the birds if they know where the penguin came from but they ignore him. Is this real or make believe?
Pages 7 & 8
Inferring: Why can’t the boy sleep? What clues did you use to work this out?
Pages 9 & 10
Predicting: The boy discovers that penguins comes from the South Pole. Predict what might happen next.
Facts and Details: Why can’t the boy be heard?
Pages 11 & 12
Compare and Contrast: What is the same about the two boats? What is different about the two boats?
Cause and Effect: What causes the boy and the penguin to row to the South Pole?
Pages 13 & 14
Visualizing: How do you picture the boy and the penguin in their row boat out in the ocean?
Pages 15 & 16
Figurative Language: The author says the waves were as big as mountains. Is this a simile, metaphor or an idiom? What two things are being compared?
Pages 17 & 18
Inferring: Why do you think penguin is sad again? How do you know?
Connecting: Has there ever been a time when a friend has left you or you had to leave a friend? How did you feel?
Pages 19 & 20
Predicting: What do you think will happen at the end of this story? What clues did you use to help you?
Pages 21 & 22
Connecting: When have you felt alone?
Pages 23 & 24
Facts and Details: What happened when the boy got back to the South Pole?
Inferring: How do you think the boy is feeling when he can’t find the penguin?
Pages 25 & 26
Author’s Purpose: The author says “there was no point telling stories because no one would listen, except the wind and the waves”, why does he say this?
Predicting: What do you think the boy sees in the distance?
Pages 27 & 28
Pages 29 & 30
Predicting: Were the predictions we made at the start of the book correct? How was the ending different/similar to what we predicted?

Final Discussion
Real and Make Believe: What are some things that happened in this story that could be real? What are some things that happened that are make believe?
Author’s Purpose: Why do you think the author wrote this story?
Main Idea: What do you think is the message of this story? Can you come up with a different heading for this book?
Sequencing: How did the boy and the penguin’s friendship develop throughout the story?

Extra Activities
Fact and Opinion: The boy should not have left the penguin in the South Pole. Is this a fact or an opinion? It often snows at the South Pole. Is this a fact or an opinion?
Making Connections: Where is the South Pole in the real world? Where have you seen penguins in the real world?
Summarizing: Summarize this story in your own words using 5 dots points (level 1), 5 simple sentences (level 2), 5 sentences with descriptive language and conjunctions (level 3).

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