cover image Lost!


David M. McPhail. Little Brown and Company, $14.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-316-56329-1

A cuddly bear from the country who is lost in the big city and the gentle boy who helps him make an endearing duo in McPhail's latest Bear book. When the frightened bear tells the boy that there are trees and water where he lives, the well-meaning tyke tries to find the bear's home. The most likely spot in the city is the park, where the two have a grand time. But the bear realizes he's still lost, and after a trip to the library to peruse books and study a globe, the two board a bus to the forest. Once they arrive, the bear is relieved and happy, but now the boy is lost; and this time the kindly bear vows to help his new friend find his way home. Through his words and pictures, McPhail delivers important messages sweetly and subtly. His amiable characters have much to teach children about the give-and-take of friendship, and about the good that comes from reaching out to someone in need. Ages 4-8. (May)