Something Lost Something Found

Children - Social Issues
40 Pages
Reviewed on 06/04/2020
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Author Biography

Loss is real, especially in the face of the cancer epidemic and the pandemic. The youngest members of our society frequently experience feelings of confusion, misplaced anger, anxiety and feelings of general uncertainty about life after losing a loved one. Our children often require long-term coping strategies to help them move forward, not past grief, but to move forward with it. Something Lost Something Found aims to help families with children affected by loss, navigate through the long-term complexities of grief, by bringing childhood memories into focus.

While Something Lost Something Found is Natalia’s debut as an author, she has been fervently writing children’s stories for the last decade. Her writing is inspired by her own experiences as a mother of two children and her quest to perceive the world through their lens.

    Book Review

Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite

Something Lost Something Found by Natalia Paruzel-Gibson tells us the story of Ella. Ella is missing someone in her life: her mother. She has good memories of doing things with her family, particularly her mother, so she begins a search to find happiness again. She admires a classmate, Margo, who always seems happy, but Ella only catches a cold from her. She also hears that money cannot buy happiness and decides to give her money away. Then, she believes that if she just waits at home, happiness will find her. Halloween comes, and she dresses as a witch, thinking that she will be able to concoct a magical brew to help her find happiness. Her brother tells their dad, and he comforts her, telling her something she needs to hear. It also gives her another idea. Will Ella ever find the happiness she has lost?

Something Lost Something Found by Natalia Paruzel-Gibson contains a gentle story about a young girl striving desperately to find a way to deal with the loss of her mother. In the book, Ella does not cry, but she is sad and determined, struggling with grief that may not be immediately apparent to readers. Her efforts to find happiness are imaginative and sweet yet sincere. The book’s illustrations are simply beautiful and bring to life not only the reality of Ella’s life and her attempts to discover happiness, but also her imagination. The author’s message is subtle but well written and touching. Young and old readers alike will benefit from sharing this touching book, and the discussion it will start.

Andrew Gibson

A moving book about the long-term grief journey helpful for kids who have lost a loved one or a pet. Beautifully written with charming illustrations.

Tammy Jensen

Something Lost, Something Found is a beautiful search for happiness.

After the loss of her mother, Ella no longer wants to feel gloomy and sad, and courageously sets out on a search to find happiness. She looks in all the logical places a child would look, but in the end finds it where it was least expected.

This book is beautifully written, and a must read for all children--young or old--that have ever lost something, or someone.

Stephanie Scott

What a wonderfully crafted book, helping children cope with someone or something they lost. It definitely is a must have book, helping kids know that it is infact, okay to grieve at their own pace, and that eventually they will find comfort through all of their memories. Such a heartfelt book, one that will surely make a lasting impact on our young children, helping them to become resilient and find their inner strength to pull through.

Jenna Elyse

A perfectly written children’s book about the toughest of topics- grief and the loss of a mother. A few years back a student of mine lost her mom and I wish I could have offered her this beautiful story when I was struggling to come up with the right words to comfort her. There is so much healing that comes from being out in nature and this book definitely delivers that message.

Jennifer Lynn

This story beautifully expresses our timeless longing for happiness. I love how the author gives Ella's grief recognition, but focuses on Ella's desire to find happiness through relatable scenarios, and in the end, finding her joy within, through memories. Something so true in which we all can connect with.

Alice Aspinall

Something Lost Something Found is a beautiful story that will be meaningful to many children, particularly those who have experienced a severe loss and struggle to find happiness. The images are bold and bright and the writing is full of imagery. Your children will enjoy this feel-good book.