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by Claire Freedman & illustrated by Sean Julian

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 1-56145-251-3
Publisher: Peachtree

Kyle wakes up to find that he has misplaced his smile and goes looking for it everywhere, only to realize that it’s been there all along. When Kyle wakes up grumpy, his mother sends him out to play. He’s convinced that he’s lost his smile, and his friends attempt to help him find it in a number of ways. Parrot makes silly noises, Orange Monkey makes funny faces, and Elephant blows big bubbles—but nothing seems to lift Kyle’s mood. After visiting his friends, Kyle comes across Little Lion Cub who has lost his way home. They decide to continue their search together and Kyle attempts to cheer up Little Lion Cub by trying out all of the silly tricks that his friends used to try to cheer him up. They finally find Little Lion Cub’s home and it seems that Kyle has found his smile along the way. Bright and bold illustrations fill each page with color, making this an attractive story as well as one with a worthwhile lesson. Young readers will laugh as Kyle makes bird noises, monkey faces, and blows bubbles, adding a little levity to a fairly predictable story. (Picture book. 2-5)