The Lost Package

Roaring Brook. Mar. 2021. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250231352.
PreS-K–The journey of a package begins as a young girl assembles it with care. At the post office, it is processed and put on a truck; along the way it falls out and lays in the gutter, lost until found by a brown-skinned boy walking with his mother and dog. The boy and his mother care for the package, including it in their moving truck and traveling across country through all kinds of weather before arriving at their new home and the package’s destination. Delivering the box results in a new friendship between two mothers and two boys. Realistic watercolors depict the two urban environments, while bedroom posters and a drawing of the Golden Gate Bridge on the package reveal the locations as New York City and San Francisco. Variations in perspective and careful pacing convey the tumult and loneliness of a package lost and found on an urban street while the parallel story narrates the boy and mother’s serendipitous journey and move.
VERDICT A solid purchase, and a touching story of friendship. An author’s note provides a personal tribute to the USPS and mentions the impact of the coronavirus on the agency.

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