Saturday, 17 May 2014
Review: Found by Salina Yoon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Large paperback / eBook
Released: May 8th, 2014
When Bear finds a lost stuffed toy bunny in the forest, he begins to worry. After all, the stuffed bunny must feel lonely and want to return safely to its owner and home! But as Bear diligently searches for the bunny's owner, posting notices high and low, he begins to grow attached to his newfound friend. What will happen when the bunny's owner finally comes forward? Was Bear meant to find Bunny all along? Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating love and friendship in many forms, reminding us that nothing is lost that is not meant to be found.
Found is the first of Salina Yoon's picture books I've read and tells a lovely tale of a young bear who finds a lost toy bunny in the forest. Bear immediately sets out to find Bunny's family, making posters and searching high and low for its owners. Eventually somebody comes forward, but is that the end of Bear and Bunny's story?
Along with writing Found, Yoon has also fully illustrated the book with bright, vibrant pictures and a very cute bear. Each page is so eye-catching, as if it's a snapshot from a sunny summer's day where blue skies are rife and daily forest walks are the norm. The illustrations themselves are great, quite simple but effective. I like this style and hope to see more like it in other pictures books!
Found is a really nice story, all about friendship, selflessness and kindness. Younger readers will no doubt fall in love with Bear and Bunny and Bear's determination to find Bunny's home, and I'm sure any toy bunnies will be clutched even tighter when the end of this book is in sight. I'll make sure to check out more of Yoon's Penguin picture books, and I hope you do too!