Lost in the Woods by Sams & Stoick

Title: Lost in the Woods
Author: Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick
Publisher: Carl R. Sams II Photography
Released: June 2004
Source: my personal library


A beautiful springtime fantasy from the creators of the best-selling Stranger in the Woods. This New York Times bestseller is a quiet story about trust and patience. Nature lovers of all ages will appreciate the amazing photography and gentle words which weave a tale about a young fawn waiting for her mother’s return. From a red-winged blackbird to a hissing goose,woodland creatures keep watch over a young fawn they believe is lost in the woods. But the book also delivers a message: most fawns found alone in the woods are not lost or abandoned. In fact, newborn fawns spend their first weeks without mom because her scent will attract predators to her young.

Lost in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick is a stunning picture book for children. It falls into both the fiction and non-fiction categories. The photographs are breathtaking. Even the most close-up photos are sharp and show incredible detail. You can see each drop of dew on the tiny caterpillar, and just how soft the young fawn’s fur must be.

The final page encourages children to go back through the book and find various creatures. (My little point-and-shoot camera does not do the photography on this page justice, believe me).

Usually I don’t mention prices in my reviews but I have to say something about this one. The hardcover retails for $19.95, but at the time of this post, there are sellers on Amazon selling it new starting at $5.49. That is a steal, and the photography alone is completely worth getting the hardcover version of this book.

The story is sweet, at times funny, at times suspenseful, and sparks the imagination. There are so many nuances on each page that every time my daughter and I read this book, we talk about something new.

Lost in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy is geared for ages 5 and up, but I think preschoolers will take delight in it, too.