Kindergarten-Grade 3–The forest is abuzz over a newborn fawn. Various creatures have spotted him and all are worried that he might be lost. Despite his assurance that he's just waiting for his mother, the animals chime in with comments and offers of help. She returns, time passes, and the fawn grows stronger. He sees other young animals maturing, and at the end of the story, he is big enough to go exploring with his mother. The slight, meandering plot serves mainly as a vehicle to introduce photos of the forest animals. The images are clear and detailed, and will be sure to draw admiration–especially the adorable close-up of the fawn that even shows his eyelashes. The photo of a tree frog camouflaged against the bark of a tree is another standout. At the end, readers are asked to find specific animals that appear in the pictures. This is not a good choice for a group read-aloud, because the visual details require a close look, but it would be nice for sharing one-on-one.–Arwen Marshall, Minneapolis Public Library
Praise for Lost in the Woods: “The astonishingly beautiful photographs blend with a story that carries us on an elegant journey through a corner of the tapestry of nature.” – Robert Bateman, artist and naturalist. “Endearing and lends itself to reading aloud – but it is the book’s breathtaking photography that will cast a spell, not just on children but wildlife aficionados of any age.” – Publishers Weekly.
Absolutley beautiful story of a new born deer and the first weeks of its life when it does not have a scent and the mother leaves it alone to keep it safe from predators. Beautiful language and gorgeous photography. Highly recommend.
Lost in the Woods is a stunning picture book for children. It falls into both the fiction and non-fiction categories. The photographs are breathtaking. Even the most close-up photos are sharp and show incredible detail. You can see each drop of dew on the tiny caterpillar, and just how soft the young fawn’s fur must be. The story is sweet, at times funny, at times suspenseful, and sparks the imagination. There are so many nuances on each page that every time my daughter and I read this book, we talk about something new. The final page encourages children to go back through the book and find various creatures. Lost in the Woods is geared for ages 5 and up, but I think preschoolers will take delight in it, too.