The Lost Smile

Author: Nadia L. King

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Zaytoon wakes up sad to find her smile has disappeared. She searches through her home and garden interacting with her family, the family pets (including a pet lamb), and nature as she looks for her lost smile. Drawing on the author’s Indian Muslim heritage, this beautiful story emphasises relatability, connection, and emotional resilience. Importantly, this book teaches children that sadness can be a temporary emotion. A perfect book for our times.
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Pages: 32 pages

Publishing Date: January 2021

Dimensions: 25 x 25 cm

Type: Hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-913680-02-2

Category: Picture Book

The Lost Smile

£8.99

4 in stock

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Zaytoon wakes up sad to find her smile has disappeared. She searches through her home and garden interacting with her family, the family pets (including a pet lamb), and nature as she looks for her lost smile. Drawing on the author’s Indian Muslim heritage, this beautiful story emphasises relatability, connection, and emotional resilience. Importantly, this book teaches children that sadness can be a temporary emotion. A perfect book for our times.
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Pages: 32 pages

Publishing Date: October 2021

Dimensions: 25 x 25 cm

Type: Hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-913680-02-2

Category: Picture Book

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About the Author:

Nadia L King is an Australian author of Indian and Irish descent. She is a children’s author and award-winning short story writer who believes passionately in the power of stories to make the world a better place.

Nadia’s short stories have been published in Australia and internationally. She is the winner of the 2020 Maureen Freer Literary Competition for the short story category, and in 2019 she was awarded the Stuart Hadow Short Story Prize.

Nadia is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in English and creative writing. She lives in Western Australia with her family and ever-expanding collection of books.

About the Illustrator:

Nelly Aghekyan is an illustrator and a visual story-teller from Yerevan, Armenia. After completing her Masters in Architecture, she followed her dreams and focused on her drawing skills. After getting her first digital tablet, she’s been drawing non-stop. She believes that being a children’s book illustrator is really fun and challenging at the same time. She thinks that being able to put your vision into a book and be a part of someone’s childhood is really inspiring and motivating.
Nelly is an illustrator who’s always in search of an inspiration.
She finds inspiration in little things, such as long walks, road trips, biking, music, nature, tea and friends.

Praise:

A deeply important story for all children. The Lost Smile provides the perfect platform to explore the reality of emotions, build self-awareness, foster self- care and human connection.
--Sonia Bestulic - Author, Founder of Talking Heads Speech Pathology, Podcaster of Chatabout Children with Sonia Bestulic

I cannot be more proud of this book that not only has a universal message for children, but which also embraces a minority voice that might not otherwise be heard. The first time I started reading this story, tears started to brim in my eyes because I felt the gravity of this. But I also had a big smile on my face for this beautiful, beautiful book!
--Shirley Marr - Author of A Glasshouse of Stars, and Little Jiang

A timely and pivotal narrative for young children. The Lost Smile shines a light on the emotion of sadness and the premise that while our feelings can be formidable, they are often also fleeting.

Many children, especially in 2020 will be able to connect with Zaytoon and her search around her house to recover her smile from its hiding place. Sweet, bright illustrations celebrate the warmth and joy to be found from a home. A treasured relationship between Zaytoon and her grandmother is another special reason The Lost Smile would be an important resource for any early childhood classroom.
--Maryanne, Primary School Teacher

A tender and playfully told story with a soothing, pastel-tone colour palette and kind, affable illustrations. The Lost Smile is a refreshing reminder that in times of feeling misguided or lost, sometimes all we need is a little reflection, and a warm, gentle hug.
--Romi Sharp, Just Write For Kids Australia

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