Title: When Lyla Got Lost (and Found)
Authors: Abbie Schiller and Samantha Kurtzman-Counter
Illustrator: Kaori Onishi
Publisher: Ruby’s Studio
“I wanted to show Mama my funny hat. But she wasn’t there. That’s when I knew I was lost,” Lyla explains in Abbie Schiller and Samantha Kurtzman-Counter’s children’s book, When Lyla Got Lost (and Found).
This thirty-six unnumbered page hardbound targets children ages two to six years old who enjoy an educational story about being found when lost. With no scary scenes except the fear of getting lost, it may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. The inside cover has a spot to write in the owner’s name and age. After the story, there are tips if one gets lost and a note to parents and teachers, ending with advertisements of other books by The Mother Company.
In this short story, six-year-old Lyla admits she once was lost. One hot summer day when she was at the mall with her mother and baby brother, she was allowed to pick out a toy. Choosing a ball, she bounced it so high that it rolled under a clothes rack. Retrieving the object, a monkey hat landed on her head, so she decided to show her mom how silly it looked.
When she could not locate her parent, she screamed loudly, but her mother did not arrive, so she asked another mother with a child for help. The mom questioned if Lyla knew Mama’s phone number, but she did not. She was lead to the cash register area where the saleslady announced her mother’s name on a loud speaker. Lyla’s mama and brother immediately came, and the lost-but-now-found girl felt safe and secure again.
The tips at the back include instructions when lost to stop and yell, ask a mom with kids for help, remember a safe adult’s name and phone number, get help from someone who works in the store, and always stay close to a safe adult.
With ninety percent of families experiencing losing a child at some point, this book is a good reminder for a young one not to panic but safely find help in a frightening situation.
Children’s show creator and producer, author Schiller founded The Mother Company that aims to instill confidence in children through age-appropriate educational books. Writer of nine books, Kurtzman-Counter is also a show producer and director who is president of The Mother Company. Illustrator Onishi’s designs are simplistic, using few colors without extensive details that follow the storyline.
NOTE: This book will be available on June 1st from Themotherco.com and Amazon.com. Currently it can be pre-ordered from Amazon.
Thanks to Godfrey Sanders Public Relations and the authors for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.
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