Lost In The Wood


What is that fawn (baby deer) doing alone in the woods? Each of the animals takes a turn to ask him where his mother is, because babies shouldn't be alone in the woods. Mom returns and together they go off into the woods.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This photo-story is perfect for quiet reading together. The seek-and-find activity is an added benefit for exploring the book together.

Content Awareness Factors:

The plot has great potential for teaching young children about straying or getting lost, the presentation is a little stilted. Because the deer isn't really lost, it may take some twisting to help young kids make the connections.

Little Kid Reaction

We didn't think that this book really interested our child (we've had it on the shelf and tried reading it for about a year), but then, all of a sudden it was the "must have" for about a week. S/He is particularly intrigued by trying to find the camouflaged animals.

Parent Reaction

The photographs make the book, the story is just "there" and seems a little bit forced.

Type of Book:
This is a photographic story about a springtime day in the woods.
Educational Themes:

There is plenty to explore with this book, from seasons and colors to animal habits and habitat. You can keep it simple (mom and baby) or get more sophisticated (camouflage). Although it isn't related to Stranger in the Wood it is a nice complement and the two should be considered together, as they offer great contrasts of the same environment.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 6
Age of child:
Read with 5-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. The photography is exquisite and the pages invite lots of exploring with or without the story.

Title Lost in the Wood
Author Carl R. Sams II, Jean Stoick
Publisher Carl R Sams II Photography © 2004
Illustrators Carl R. Samms II, Jean Stoick
ISBN 0967174880
Material Hard Cover
Cost $19.95
Genres Nature, Seasons
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