Ivy Lost and Found
by Cynthia Lord, Stephanie Graegin (Goodreads Author) (Illustrations)
Ivy used to be the favorite toy, but she was forgotten in a box in the attic for a long time. Now she has been added to the Book Buddies at the library, where children can check out a toy the way they would check out a book. Ivy is not sure she is ready for new adventures with new children, and she worries that she won’t make friends with the other toys. She learns that if you are lost, it just means you can be found again.
A little girl, Fern, checks out Ivy while she is visiting her father for a week, and she confides her secrets to Ivy. Fern feels overwhelmed when her step-siblings take charge during their playtime, and she doesn’t feel like she really belongs in the family. Ivy is such a good listener, that Fern gets the courage to tell her father how she feels and they become stronger as a family!
This book is so cute! Ivy is such a sweet character! I loved the character development as she discovers how to be a good friend to the new children. She even teaches some of the other toys how to weather the storm through their adventures and not be afraid they get lost.
This story has many positive messages woven into the narrative, but it never feels preachy or boring. The themes include being honest, accepting others, and being true to yourself.
The illustrations are so beautiful! I love the soft pencil art style and all the cute character designs.
This story gave me warm fuzzy feelings in my heart. What a delight! This book would be perfect for ages 7-10.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.