Mary Kauffman, celebrated author of three other children’s books, has announced the forthcoming release of her latest picture book, One Lost Toy, on July 27, 2022. In this fourth installment of an anthology series, Kauffman teaches children how to separate from material possessions and cope with lost items.
One Lost Toy follows the journey of a young boy as he travels to the beach with his family, where he’s eager to play in the sand with his favorite truck. However, when it’s time to return home, he accidentally leaves the truck behind. Although he’s upset by the loss, he gains a new perspective when his mother explains how a different child will find joy by stumbling upon the truck at the beach.
One Lost Toy is perfect for fans of Whoever Heard of a Flying Bird by David Cunliffe and What Should Danny Do? By Adir Levy. Both stories teach children about their power to choose, something that resonates with Kauffman as she prompts children to consider their emotions through her own work.
Unlike other books for children, Kauffman’s stories are accessible to a broad range of ages, making them a fantastic option for mixed-age groups and families. Older siblings and even adults can appreciate the creative rhymes, full-color illustrations, and wholesome messages in this series.
Reviewers praise One Lost Toy for its ability to capture how even a small thing like a lost toy truck can seem enormous in the eyes of a child. By not using character names, One Lost Toy and the other books in the same series encourage children to imagine themselves in each situation for a more immersive experience.
Kauffman’s first two books – One Big Sock and One Loose Tooth – were well-reviewed, which led her to write book three in the series, titled One New Friend. The reviews from the first three books inspired her to continue writing so that children can continue enjoying her books.
After working in human resources and state management, Mary Kauffman turned to writing to embrace her passion for capturing and sharing a message. When she isn’t writing, she’s hard at work on a doctorate in developmental psychology. Kauffman lives and writes in Wisconsin. Visit her online at www.marykauffman.com.