The Lost Party
I have a friend named Ashley. She creates beauty. I like her a lot.
Ashley has written and illustrated the loveliest, most whimsical, some life lessons really are that good children’s book. It is called, The Lost Party.
The book begins with a stork that finds a party hat on the floor of the forest. He thinks the discovery of a party hat must mean he is invited to a party. (I mean, why not?) So he wanders the forest searching for the big event and picking up animal friends along the way. A deer who bakes cakes, banner carrying foxes, a raccoon with a bowlful of berries. The search continues until at last, in the center of the forest, they realize there must not have ever been a party after all. Disappointed, they all turn to go home when they are stopped by a wise, old owl.
“Don’t we have all the makings of a party? Aren’t we a fun and talented group of animals? We don’t need anyone to make a party for us, we have our own right here!”
And there it is, the concept I hope my girls understand after all of our years together. We do not have to wait for wonderful things to happen, We are the makers of wonderful things. Everything we need is right here. Are you crying yet? Yeah, me too.
Here is a little bit from the Author herself,