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Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
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Dec 07, 2011

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The Way Back Home is a fantasy story written for young children. The story features many fantastical events that are enjoyably absurd and whimsical. I think just about all the rules of physics are broken, and it can be fun and revealing to ask young children their views on the events depicted. In the story, a boy finds an aeroplane in his cupboard and takes it on a test flight. The plane rises higher and higher and higher till the boy is flying in outer space. While happily flying in outer space, the inevitable happens; the boy's aeroplane runs out of petrol, forcing him to make an emergency landing on the moon! Meanwhile, a little, green Martian boy has problems of his own. His spacecraft is also stuck on the moon because of engine trouble. The boy and the Martian meet up and, despite initial shyness, become friends. They formulate a plan to get their respective machines off the moon and flying again... The Way Back Home is a highly original space odyssey that fully engages young childrens' imaginations. A great read for 5-7 year olds.

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