Daisy Gets Lost

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Charming, relatable tale shows what being lost feels like.

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Educational Value

Shows, through Daisy, how it feels to be lost. 

Positive Messages

It feels awful to be lost, but what joy it is to be found by a loved one! Don't panic if you're lost. Stay in one place and yell to let people know where you are. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Daisy's human companion cares deeply about her dog and won't give up until she finds her. Daisy is fun and playful but gets distracted by chasing a squirrel and ends up separated from her human. 

Violence & Scariness

It's scary to be lost -- and that fear and panic is visible on Daisy's ever-changing face. The feeling of being lost and alone is evident in a long shot that shows her lost deep in the forest, far from the little girl. 


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka is the sequel to Caldecott Medal winner A Ball for Daisy. In this outing, the adorable, emotive dog Daisy gets separated from her little-girl companion after getting distracted by chasing a squirrel and becoming lost in a forest. The story is easy to follow, told mainly in pictures that artfully show the changing emotional states of a playful dog who goes from happy to scared to panicky to joyful when the girl finally finds her. It's enjoyable as a story but could also prompt family discussions of what to do if you get lost or separated from your group. 

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What's the story?

Daisy is outside with her little-girl companion, who throws her blue ball and says, \"Go get it, Daisy!\" The enthusiastic dog does but then sees a squirrel and chases it. Soon she's lost deep in a forest, far from the girl, who starts searching for Daisy and calling her name. Daisy gets panicky but yowls loud enough for the girl to hear her, and they're soon reunited.

Is it any good?

DAISY GETS LOST captures the terrible feeling of getting separated from the rest of your party and the fear of not knowing how you'll ever meet up again. Kids and grown-ups will relate to the panic that can set in when it happens. 

Once again, author-illustrator Chris Raschka tells a layered, emotional story with very few words and spare, watercolor brushstrokes. Fans of A Ball for Daisy will be happy to have another Daisy adventure to enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what to do when you're lost. Should you stay in one place and wait for a friend or parent to find you? Go to a predetermined spot? Should you try to find your family? What plan does your family have in place?  

  • How does the author tell Daisy's story with so few words? How do we know how Daisy is feeling when all we see are pictures? 

  • If you read A Ball for Daisy, how do you think this Daisy book compares? 

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