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Iris and Walter : lost and found
Guest, Elissa Haden.
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Publication Information:
Orlando : Harcourt, [2004]

Physical Description:
44 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Iris's baby sister Rose breaks a necklace and then is discovered playing with Walter's missing harmonica.
General Note:
"Gulliver Books."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 75990.
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J READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
J READER Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Readers
J READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
J READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
J READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
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Walter loves his grandmother's harmonica. But when he lets Iris borrow it the night before his grandmother comes to visit, something awful happens--it disappears! How will Iris break the news to Walter?

Luckily, bestfriends are understanding. And lucky, too, that lost treasures sometimes turn up where you least expect to find them.

Author Notes

ELISSA HADEN GUEST is the award-winning author of the Iris and Walter series. She lives in San Francisco, California.

CHRISTINE DAVENIER is the acclaimed illustrator of many popular children's books, including The First Thing My Mama Told Me by Susan Marie Swanson, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. She lives in Paris.

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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Friends Iris and Walter return in another beginning chapter book about a small crisis that is made right with warmth and humor. Iris is looking forward to sharing her homemade button necklace with her class at show-and-tell until her baby sister, Rose, breaks it. You can't take your eyes off Baby Rose for a minute, says their mother. At school, Iris cheers up when Walter shares his new harmonica with her, and he even lets her take it home to practice. The next morning, though, the harmonica has disappeared, leaving Iris to face Walter and tell him it is lost. The friends, together with their families, find the missing present where busy Baby Rose hid it, and the story ends on a celebratory note. As in the series' previous titles, Davenier's ink-and-watercolor illustrations capture the chaos of family life and children's play in swooping strokes and cozy colors, and Guest's simple, descriptive sentences and familiar, easily resolved dramas continue to be just right for new readers. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The best friends are back in Iris and Walter: Lost and Found by Elissa Haden Guest, illus. by Christine Davenier, the seventh book in the series. When Iris borrows Walter's treasured harmonica, Baby Rose loves hearing her play it. But then it goes missing and Iris worries that he'll never forgive her. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-When Baby Rose grabs and breaks Iris's special button necklace, their mother helps to fix it for show-and-tell. After school, Iris borrows her friend Walter's harmonica, given to him by his grandmother. When it disappears, she worries about Granny's reaction. But the woman is understanding, and the missing instrument turns up unharmed. Iris and Walter are endearing individualists, with interesting taste in headgear. They are a refreshing addition to the limited literary offerings for this age group. Guest neatly ties up the mystery, deals with the drawbacks and advantages of having a little sister, and shows readers the warmth and support of Iris's extended family. The text is appropriately composed for young readers without being boring, repetitive, or preachy. Davenier's pen-and-ink illustrations are sunny and full of activity, with Baby Rose in seven different places at once. The deceptively simple drawings convey a range of emotions on the children's faces, and even the cat has a personality. Iris and Walter are a perfect pair of friends, created by a perfectly matched team.-Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.