Are We Lost? Children’s Book Review and Giveaway

This post is written by me on behalf of author, Annie Fox. I received a product sample to review. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Reading is very important in our home.  For one thing, I am a Literacy Specialist so I understand the importance of reading with my children as often as possible.  My older son learned to read very easily and all I had to do was support him by listening to him read and discussing the books that he read with him in order to increase his comprehension.  Initially, my younger son did not learn to read so easily so I had to spend a lot of time with him reading and sounding words out.

    Our hard work paid off and he finally learned to read and completely took off!  He is now an avid reader who reads beautifully and enjoys literature immensely.  I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled he was when I told him that we would be reviewing the children’s book Are We Lost-A Raymond and Sheila Story, written by Annie Fox and illustrated by Eli Noyes.

    The story is about an alligator named Raymond who begs his sister to give him a little more independence and allow him to walk by himself to the ice cream truck across the beach to get a cone for each one of them.  Raymond’s sister agrees to let him go on his own but, unfortunately, Raymond winds up getting lost and making his sister very worried.  As he tries finding his way to the ice cream truck and back to his sister, Sheila, Raymond meets some new friends and has some new adventures.  In the end, he finds his way safely back and finally earns his sister’s confidence.

    I had the opportunity to talk about the book with my seven year old son by using the Parent Guide at the end of the book.  It was a great tool for helping me discuss the book with my son and really gave me some insight into my his comprehension of story.  You can check out his responses below:

    You can check out all of the Raymond and Sheila stories by visiting their website.  All of their adventures are also available in Spanish.  I’m sure your kids will give the books a “thumbs up” just like my son did!


The author of these books, Annie Fox, is giving one reader of Tough Cookie Mommy autographed copies of the Raymond and Shelia Series books.a Rafflecopter giveaway

Product Review/Giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above from Author, Annie Fox, to test/review/giveaway in exchange for my opinion and for the purpose of writing this post. I only recommend products or services I use personally and I believe will be “family friendly.” I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. I think it’s important because it exposes them to other “worlds” and also can give them many ideas for their playtime. The last book I read with my great niece was Barbie’s Easter 🙂

  2. The last book I read with my grandson is Guess How Much I Love You. It’s important to read to your children because it helps to build vocabulary and reading comprehension. It also teaches them lessons.

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  4. Elda Torres says

    Tengo 4 hijos,17,13,12 y 4.Todos fanaticos de la lectura y su lugar preferido es la libreria.A mi hija de 4 todos les leemos y yo la llevo “story time” en la libreria un dia a la semana.

  5. I read to my grandson at least 3 times a day. There are so many reasons I find it important. Education is important but spending time snuggled up together is priceless! We are currently reading Dr. Seuss books.
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  6. Thank you for this enthusiastic review of my book, Are We Lost? I especially loved seeing and hearing your son’s reaction to the story. He really got into Raymond and Sheila’s crazy day at the beach! Nothing makes this writer happier than having kids and parents enjoy my books together!

  7. We love books. We take a weekly trip to the library. My girls rather go to bed with a book in their arms than with a stuffed animal. The last book we read was called The Bear Snoars On.

  8. paulakiger says

    My kids 13 and 16 are past being read to (sadly) but reading to them when they’re young hopefully develops reading as a habit and not an “extra.” I think the jury’s out w/my kids, sadly!

  9. nany de paz (natali alvarez) says

    I think it’s important to read to children but desafortunadamnete I have not had the opportunity to read with my kids but I’m going to make time for them. good read to our children so that they learn from a young culture and practice good pronunciation. thanks for the opportunity.

  10. I think reading is super important. We take time every night and read to our son and we’ll do the same with our baby coming. The last book we read, last night before bed, was a Dora the Explorer book! 🙂

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