Realistic and gentle by turns, The Lost Lake follows Luke and his dad out of the city and into the mountains. Prepared to camp by the same lake Luke's dad and his father went to, they find it overrun with tourists...and decide to find their own lost lake. A touching story of a growing father-son relationship, as well as the beauty of 'unspoiled' land, The Lost Lake's story and grand watercolor illustrations brings the reader into the same mountains as the boy and his dad. 32 pages, softcover.
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.
Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's book -- published in 1972 -- in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-time basis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.
"Say's watercolor paintings, embracing the many moods of the natural world, . . . really command attention. Readers will feel that they have been on their own journey of discovery." Horn Book
"Say's watercolor paintings, embracing the many moods of the natural world, . . . really command attention. Readers will feel that they have been on their own journey of discovery." Horn Book Guide
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