Found by Bruce Pascoe
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Winner of the Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award
This gentle story set in the rugged Australian bush is about a small calf who becomes separated from his family. The little calf is alone and simply wants his mother, sisters and brothers. He can see other animals, and after running to the river, manages to ask some horses if they are his family. The calf's family have been taken away in the back of a noisy truck. So begins the little calf's journey to find his family.
In Found we share the calf's point of view in an evocative story, accompanied by stunning illustrations.
"Firstly, this is a beautiful book. It thoroughly deserved its win of the Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award. The landscapes are bright and clear, immediately throwing us into the great red Aussie environment. The animals are painted with care and empathy, their movements alive on the page, and their emotions clear. My children particularly resonated with the lost calf, and were able to see the calf’s emotions on the page—including anxiety, sadness, fear, relief, happiness, and calmness.
Bruce Pascoe has been published widely in adult and young adult literature, but this is his first children’s picture book. ‘Found’ is a sweet story of a lost calf and his journey to find his family. It resonates with emotion that children will connect with. Who hasn’t been separated from their caregivers before? It also shows resilience, decision-making, and dealing with fear. I liked the calf’s positive comparisons between different animals and himself. My children loved seeing and talking about the calf’s journey across the Australian landscape. Recommended! "