MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY, 2021! My review for children’s book “LOST”

“LOST” is a heartfelt children’s book on the importance of keeping memories alive, written by Christine Reynebeau and illustrated by Rchael Hawker; portraying a stuffed animal Lou (a cute giraffe) being Lucy’s favourite companion. The writer in a very sensitive way refers to sadness after we lose something, speaking for Lucy she used to have her giraffe everywhere, sharing these special moments of her life, feeling the bond with her stuffed animal which filled her with joy, security and calmness.

But when she was on a ship traveling with her family on the deck, the wind got Lou, away and Lucy couldn’t overcome the sadness of losing what was most precious for her! Lou! It took her a while to accept her father’s words: “Love never ends, and sadness from loss comes and goes!” Lucy undestands that sadness can’t bring the smile on her face, but what it really counts has to do with the memories we keep in our hearts and help us spread delight in our life.

This amazing book “LOST” is a beautifully written book evoking deep sentiments so our special attachemnet to certain stuffed animals stays forever imprinted in our mind and heart no matter what our age is. The message of harsh seperation is somehting I am sure little readers will grasp right away, feeling sorry for Lucy but realizing that crying brings no end to suffering and loss. The message of hope is best depicted on Lucy’s face and we all feel emotional once we read the word “memories” because memories are what keeps the flame of hope alive! I was so touched by the illustrator’s work, such amazing hues and ovewhelming depiction of Lucy’s sentiments, which made me instantly be connected with Lou and Lucy!

In the following site you can find amazing activites for your kids to play and their stuffed animals. I couldn’t resist in adding one photo!

A variety of ideas for teachers to use in classroom are presented in the following link: Don;t miss the chance to incorporate them in your thematic lessons on animals!

Yes, there is more fun with night activities and their stuffed animals, I just discovered it!



I grew up in Green Bay, WI, graduated from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Science- Animal Science, and have worked in the youth development field, for both the YMCA and Boy Scouts of America. I currently work for UW-Stevens Point at Wausau.

​In 2013, I was accepted to publish with a vanity press. I published PB & J first, June 2014 and it took another two years to publish GUTS, June 2016. September 2017 was the start of this great new adventure, Dreambuilt Books. In 2018, I’ve published KIND (April 2018) and RESCUE (September 2018). We’ve continued to release at least 1 new title per year with CLEBRATE (April 2019), HOME (Nov 2019) & LOST (July 2020). I am a motivational presenter for writers & librarians, connecting my career and my passions. In both 2017 & 2018, I presented several topics at UntitledTown Book Festival. I have presented for Workforce Development programming and Church Library Associations. In July 2020, HOME received honorable mention in the Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Awards.

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About Dreambuilt Books:
Mission: It is our mission to provide literature that teaches and inspires its audience.We aim to provide support, equip with tools, & promote the success of aspiring authors and illustrators.#wearedreambuiltDreambuilt Books is founded on the principles that all audiences deserve valuable words, all dreamers deserve support, and all of our dreams have the possibility of being our reality and our success.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators. Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

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