Written by Richard Ho & illustrated by Jessica Lanan
Roaring Brook/Macmillan Kids, 2021
A little package gets lost on the way to the airport. But with a little bit of luck--and a lot of serendipity--it might just find a new route to its destination...
This heartwarming story offers a behind the scenes look at what happens at the post office.
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An American Library Association Notable book for 2022
A Chicago Public Library Best Picture Book of 2021
A Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2021
A Junior Library Guild selection
Featured in the 2021 Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibit, New York
This sweetly simple, understated story is emotionally rich, a warm paean to the power of connections.
Ho’s moving story uses less than 200 words—including part of the USPS motto, “neither snow,/ nor rain,/ nor heat,/ nor gloom of night”—to trace a package’s journey across the United States. But the pictures depict far more than its trip: a parent and child’s drive across the variable U.S. landscape, a long-distance relationship, and budding new friendships.
Lanan's stellar artistry gorgeously amplifies the USPS's sophisticated processes, while simultaneously enhancing the personal links [...] Both informative and inspiring, The Lost Package celebrates surprising connections that can happen when what's lost gets found.
Appealing illustrations portray the post office's credo “that neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night” will interfere with the package reaching its final destination. [...] A delightful tale.
Color your own lost package and USPS mail trucks! Available as a PDF for printing at home or school.
Watch a replay of the virtual storytime hosted by Tattered Cover Bookstore, including a reading of the book by author Richard Ho, an art demo and a question and answer session.