The Land of Lost Things / El país de las cosas perdidas
Reminiscent of Harold’s magical journey in Harold and the Purple Crayon, this creative book complemented by whimsical illustrations explores the power of the imagination.
by Dina Bursztyn
Publication Date: May 31, 2011
Imprint: Piñata Books
“I was going to draw, but my blue pencil was missing. It was lost! Where do all the lost things go?” A young boy’s search for his misplaced pencil leads him to wonder where all the lost things go.
When he looks inside his pencil box he sees a slim ray of light, and his imagination sends him through the opening and into an unknown world in search of his pencil. Soon he finds himself in the Land of Lost Things!
He enters through the Forest of Lost Blue Pencils, where the sun is setting. But it isn’t the sun; it’s a golden button he lost a long time ago. He finds lots of other things he has lost as he wanders, following the path to the Mountain of Lost Mittens, through the Garden of Lost Umbrellas and to the Island of Lost Stuffed Animals.
Argentine artist and arts educator Dina Bursztyn’s inventive story is enlivened by her whimsical, colorful gouache, collage and pen-and-ink illustrations in this charming, magical book that explores the power of the imagination. Children ages 4-8 will delight in one boy’s fanciful journey through a strange and mysterious land.
Honor Book, 2012 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
Included in Bank Street College of Education’s 2012 edition of Best Children’s Books of the Year
Included in Dallas ISD’s Luminaries 2012-2013 Master List of bilingual/Spanish books for grades K-3rd
2011, A Junior Library Guild Selection
“Bursztyn sustains her clever and imaginative text with playful and dreamlike illustrations. This beautiful bilingual book stands out for its artistic design and the balance between the author’s verbal and visual message. Both the English and Spanish texts make for enjoyable read-alouds.”—Library Journal
“Bursztyn’s whimsical illustrations offer a jubilant answer to a perennial question.”—Publishers Weekly
DINA BURSZTYN is an artist whose sculptures, drawings and public art have been celebrated worldwide. Her work has been represented extensively in galleries, museums and public spaces around the globe, including in the Dominican Republic, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the United States. This is her first book. She divides her time between New York City and Catskill, New York.
ATOS Interest Level: Lower Grade
Category: Picture Book
ATOS English: 2.1
ATOS Spanish: 1.9
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 143498