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The Lost Lake

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Luke and his father, who is disgusted by the tourists surrounding the once secluded lake of his childhood, hike deeper into the wilderness to find a "lost lake" of their own.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 27th 1992 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1989)
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Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
Just an ok book. Really nothing to pull you or your children in. A boy spends the summer with his dad and at first all he does is read, watch tv, and sit around. His father changes that by a trip (hiking/camping). Nothing really interesting about this story or wow. Quite boring. However, my little one made it to the end. I think she was thinking something might happen. Nope nothing... Two stars because the illustrations had diversity and we liked the illustrations.
Shannon Jones
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was a cool book. After reading this I did a research paper on black bears.
Emily Nunez-Eddy
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
When Luke spends the summer with his emotionally-absent and workaholic father, he finds himself most days, sitting in front of the TV. After abandoning the TV for an afternoon to cut out pictures of nature, Luke’s father interrupts his activity and declares that they are going to go camping, to find the Lost Lake, a lake that Luke’s father used to explore when he was a young boy. In “The Lost Lake”, author Allen Say presents an interesting, humorous and heartwarming story of a young boy and his ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke goes to live with his father for a summer. While there, his dad didn't talk much, and Luke quickly became bored. To pass time, Luke cut out pictures from magazines- most of them were of nature. This gave his dad the idea to take Luke camping at Lost Lake where his father had taken him. The problem is that Lost Lake has been found. There were many campers there. Luke's dad decides to go on farther into a wilderness to see if they can find another lake. On the way, Luke and his father talk mo ...more
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Luke has difficulty connecting with his father at home due to his fathers work life. When Luke gets a sudden interest in nature, Luke's father decides to take him for an adventure. The two go out searching for a lake that was special to Luke's father when he was young. The find the lake, but unfortunately it is crowded with people. This upsets Luke's father, but Luke suggests they continue to on looking for a new lake. The two go on a hiking and camping adventure together, and find a hidden lake ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Luke goes to live with his father for the summer, where his relationship with his dad is quite dull. His dad doesn’t talk to him much and Luke became bored very quickly. One day, Luke cut out pictures from magazines and pasted them on his wall. Most of the pictures were of nature, which gave Luke’s father an idea to go on a camping trip. Luke’s father surprises him and takes him to a camping trip at Lost Lake, but there was a problem. Lost Lake had already been found and there were many people a ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: rdg-291
Luke spends the summer with his father- who hardly ever notices him. Luke occupies himself by reading old books and magazines and cutting out pictures of mountains and placing them up all the wall, which his father says he is " Just going to paint the wall anyway". Early one morning Luke's father wakes him up with a special surprise.. they are going camping. This is just any camping trip they are in search of a lake dad visited when he was a boy. Only to find when they rediscover the lost lake, ...more
Xiaohui Yang
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Luke was distant from his father, whom he went to live with last summer. “Dad wasn’t much of a talker, but when he was busy he didn’t talk at all. (p. 4)” Knowing nobody in the city, he was as lonely as a child could be. When dad noticed the pictures Luke pinned up on the wall, he planned a weeklong camping with Luke, to find the Lost Lake. “No one’s found it… Grandpa and I used to go there a long time ago. It was a special place. (p. 10)” The trip made dad an “a lot better” different person, wh ...more
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
While spending his summer with his workaholic father, Luke gets a surprise when his dad plans a camping trip for just the two of them. They end up hiking deed into the mountains when they find that the original “lost lake” is now inhabited by tourists.
The sparsity of details and the dull colors in the illustrations of the father's home create a mood of melancholy and loneliness that echoes the fragile bond between Luke and his father. As father and son trek through the wilderness, the illustr
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
4.25 Stars I really liked this book. I love to camp! Actually I am dying to camp, but the time off hasn't presented itself and I just want to go!! I am not much of a pack and hike camper, I like rural campgrounds or open areas.

This books is about a dad and son! The son is staying the summer with his dad who works at home all day. The son is bored so he cuts pictures of the outdoors out of magazines.

One morning dads wakes the son up and says they are going camping to find the lost
Hailey Phay
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Luke goes to live with his mostly absent father for the summer. While at his dads Luke quickly became bored because he and his father didn’t talk much. To pass time, Luke cut out pictures from magazines (most were of nature). This gave his father the idea to take Luke camping at Lost Lake where his father had taken him. But there’s a problem, Lost Lake has become over run with campers. Luke’s father had an idea to find a new Lost Lake. On their journey, Luke and his father talk more, will they b ...more
Syndi Flores
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The little boy’s father is always working and doesn’t spend much time at home. One day, his dad wakes the boy up and both set off to go camping at the lost lake. Once they found the lake, it was full of people and they went away to find a more private spot. They set out to find their own new special spot. The boy learns how to survive in the wilderness like how to fish and how to scare bears away in bear country. The boy and the father seem to start building a relationship now that his father ta ...more
Natalie Zagara
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Lost Lake was a story of a boy who goes to visit his father for the summer. He is bored, so he cuts out pictures and puts them on the wall. Those pictures may just have jogged his father's memory, because just as he saw the pictures, he whisks his son off on a camping trip. In search of a lake he used to travel to, the father warms up a bit and begins to enjoy his son's company. As they learn from one another and about one another, the pair find the lake crowded. They search for their own perfec ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Lost Lake by Allen Say is a touching story about a father and son who bond while trying to find an untouched piece of nature. I really enjoyed reading this story and seeing how the relationship between the father and son grew. I liked how the son kept encouraging his father to continue to look for a special spot.

The illustrations were bordered with a thick white border, which gave the reader a look into the story. The illustrations were realistic looking and included a lot of lan
Johnny Watkins
I have mixed feelings about this book. To start with I will say that it stuck with me for years. I remember reading this as a kid and being enthralled by their adventure finding the lake. I loved the idea that if you work just a little harder and move further into the unknown there are still pristine areas left.

As an adult I went back to find this book for my son and realized the message is completely different. Now that I’m a working dad trying to get established the main character felt disapp
Keely Wells
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
In The Lost Lake, Allen Say tells the story of a Japanese boy who feels disconnected with his father because he is constantly working. To pass the time the boy creates a collage of nature pictures along his wall. This sparks his father’s interest, leading him to plans a week long camping trip. The boy, Luke is extremely excited to be able to spend time with his dad. During their adventure they find the spot is taken up with a lot of people. They decide to search for their own special lake, durin ...more
Leyan Ammar
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
This picture book contained a lot of glowing watercolors that grabbed your eye. The font the text was written in was basic and usually appeared on the left with the illustrations on the right. The borders were maybe an inch, an inch and a half in length. I noticed that the watercolors in this book did a great job of showing the shifting moods presented. This was more of a simple, yet fun and appropriately detailed picture book.
Ashley B.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I liked how this book shows how a father and son bonded over finding a lake that no one else has found before. They went on quiet the journey and had to overcome some obstacles along the way to find what they were looking for. I could see a reader being inspired to go out and find something of their own. I liked how the boy was honest with his dad and told him he was more fun to be around when they were out hiking than when the dad was at home doing nothing but working.
Cate Mueller
A father and son go on a camping trip and take an adventure hiking into the wilderness. The father takes his son where he used to go when he was his son’s age. Many memories were made together due to the discovery of the lost lake. The lost lake, becomes a symbol of the father’s and the sons relationship.
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-g-4
Son and Dad go camping in the mountains. Son sees a new side of his dad. Dad sees more depth in the son. They have a forever memory. Very good watercolor illustrations by Allen Say.
Grade 1-4
Judi Paradis
Feb 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
A boy and his father quietly travel together to a remote lake to camp and be together. Narrated by the boy, who does not where his father is taking him. The actions of the father are powerful and convey much love for the child and the environment. A good book to pair with Owl Moon.
Lele DeFilippo
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
the book is horizontal. The inside is a deep blue. the inside has two cover pages. the illustrations had borders and only a few pages did they share room for text. the pictures look like watercolor. they were very pastel in orientation.
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This book made me feel so sad; I love Say's artwork--as always--but something about the relationship between the boy & his father, or nature being spoiled, or I'm not sure what really made me feel lost myself.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i don't read this book yet but i think is good
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Realistic fiction
Copyright: 1989
Thoughts: Good story about a man and his son searching for a secluded lake and a way to talk to each other.
Feb 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
I thought this book was a little ridiculous. It was a journal entry not a children's book.
Lisbeth Solberg
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
The dialog was stilted and some of the watercolors should be closer or something; the images have a too-small feel overall. Love his Grandfather's Journey, but this was a disappointment.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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May 15, 2015 added it
Though I read and re-read this book countless times when I was quite young. Great childhood Memory :)
Julie Rowse
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
Gorgeous illustrations.
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Allen Say is one of the most beloved artists working today. He is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, and also won a Caldecott Honor and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (written by Dianne Snyder). Many of Allen’s stories are derived from his own experiences as a child. His other books include THE BICYCLE MAN, TEA WITH MILK, and TREE OF ...more
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