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Lost and Found: Adèle & Simon in China

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Lots of fun in exquisitely illustrated China travelogue.

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This charming book with a classic, old-fashioned feel has lovingly detailed art, lots of information about early 20th century China, and a fun search-and-find game. Lost and Found: Adèle & Simon in China is expertly packed. Info about another culture and era? Check. Rich beautiful art that makes you pause to search each page? Check. And all these elements are delivered in a fun, engaging story.

Barbara McClintock's a masterful author-illustrator, and this book surpasses even the earlier ones in this series, though they garnered lots of attention. Here, she isolates the lost items both at the beginning and end of the story so readers are very clear what to look for. And Adèle's cards home make the telling even more fun. The scenic spreads are meticulously researched, and we know we're in good hands from the opening art in which a smoky dragon blows out of the arriving boat's smokestacks. This captivating book's a true gem.

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