3 out of 4 stars
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The last thing Pendrell the Superhero Sock can remember is spinning in the dryer, but he has suddenly found himself in an unfamiliar new land, surrounded by other socks who are strangers to him. He soon learns that he is in the Land of Lost Socks, where all socks go when they have lost their mate. Pendrell and the other new arrivals are greeted by Wool Sock. He takes them on a tour of the Land of Lost Socks, where socks live as if in a fairytale. At the end of the tour, Pendrell will have to make a tough decision. Does he want to return home or stay in the Land of Lost Socks forever?
Little Lost Socks by DeeAnn Schumacher is a cute children’s story that answers the age-old question: where do socks go when they get lost in the dryer? Pendrell and his new friends explore a world reminiscent of Candyland, where gumball balloons float through the air and the roads are made from taffy. The author creatively explains how each type of sock has its own place in the new land. Argyle socks work the office jobs, cashmere socks spend their time golfing, and crew socks work the construction jobs.
The pictures in the book are delightful. They are full-page illustrations with a whimsical, watercolor feel. They really help accentuate the fairytale feeling of the Land of Lost Socks. The book is written in prose. The language is very clear and the vocabulary is appropriate for children. The book appears professionally edited, as I didn’t notice any errors.
The only area where I found this book lacking was in the message. As I was reading through the book, I found myself admiring the creativity but wondering what the author’s point was. The story does not have any overtly religious content, but it is dedicated to Jesus Christ. I wondered if maybe the story is an allegory for death and Heaven. At one point the author explains that change can be scary but also positive. I think the book is on the right track for getting this message across, but focusing more on the characters and their emotions throughout their tour, rather than just listing facts about the Land of the Lost Socks, would make it easier for kids to identify with Pendrell and understand the lesson.
Overall, there is a lot to like about Little Lost Socks. The pictures and descriptions in the book will easily spark a child’s interest and imagination. I think with a little tweaking in the messaging, the book could be perfect. For now, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend it for children ages 3-7, and I think early elementary schoolers could read this book themselves with some adult help.
Little Lost Socks
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