Austin, Lost in America – Foster Care and Adoption Book Review

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From the Cover of Austin, Lost in America: A Geography Adventure by Jef Czekaj:

“Austin grew up in a pet store, but he dreams of finding a real home….So one night he takes off with his trusty map and backpack to go in search of it.

In Ohio, he is almost bitten… by a policeman.
In Florida, he is invited for dinner… to be the main course.
And in Oregon, he finds the world’s smallest park.

Will he ever find the place where he truly belongs?

Follow Austin across America on a madcap journey in which he travels to each of the fifty states. Packed with fascinating facts and doggy tidbits that seem almost too crazy to be true… this book makes learning geography a blast.

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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

Dalton has recently taken a liking to geography, maps, and learning more about places around the world, so he was super excited to read this book. Austin visits each of the fifty states looking for a home and learns a neat fact about each. Kids who are learning their states, where they are on the map, and what their capitals are can enjoy this fun story and become more familiar with the states.

Austin, Lost in America is educational but also contains a great story that deals with wanting to belong somewhere and the desire for family. Additionally, it has a lot of fun intertwined. The illustrations are colorful and add humor to the storyline. This book is quite long—about 30 pages with a lot of text and detail on each page. So you may find yourself wanting to read it in multiple sittings or skip to the end of the story to find out what happens as it’s not really a book that can be read in one sitting with a young child or one who has a short attention span. If you have any bedtime avoiders, they may ask for it as their bedtime story to put off the inevitable.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. How did Austin feel in the beginning of the book and why?
  2. What was the funniest fact you learned from this book?
  3. Which state would you want to live in? Why?
  4. Why does Austin decide to stay in the last state he visits? What does he feel was missing all along?

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