Hello Parents! Today I wanted to post about Lost and Found: some kids’ book reviews and links, and what you can do when you lose something in Berlin….
The Fabulous Lost & Found and the Little German Mouse
You can order it on Amazon or get it free on Amazon Kindle.
The author Mark Pallis was promoting his book “The Fabulous Lost & Found and the Little German Mouse” in the Expatkids Berlin Facebook group so we decided to check it out and ordered the paperback. It is a super sweet simple book about a German mouse who loses her hat and goes to a Lost and Found bureau to try to find it. The frog couple who work there do their best to try to figure out what it is she is looking for. It has adorable watercolor illustrations by Peter Baynton and I highly recommend it for your little bilingual children, suitable for ages 3-7. Apparently it comes in many other languages as well, as a way to sneak some words into their vocabulary. My son is 6 and already knew the words, but he really enjoyed being able to understand the mouse, especially when the frogs could not, and he asked me to read it twice when we first received it.
You can also see a free video of the author reading the book on Facebook here:
Book Review: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers writes and illustrates this heartwarming tale about a boy who takes a penguin who showed up on his doorstep back to the south pole. A wonderful picture book about friendship recommended for 36 months to 5 years.
Here you can see a video of him reading the story aloud in his Stay at Home video series: https://youtu.be/nyyIbEkPh9Q?list=PL1dw_Cul1BLHsN0NTDh2MaIknmhr3qtKl
Two other Books about Lost and Found Things:
Here is a preschool read along of a story called “Found” by Salina Yoon about how kids can return lost objects:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RJojB-L51Y
“A Hen for Izzy Pipek” s a book about finding a lost hen (Ages 4-8) and caring for it until its owner comes to reclaim it:
You can also watch a woman from Crack O’ Dawn Farm in Oregon reading it while her real live chickens and turkeys walking around and clucking in the background and foreground! I think I also heard bleating goats. It’s pretty hilarious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uICF6u2xyQ
Lost something in Berlin? If it’s a tangible object, here are some tips on how to track it down:
BVG Lost and Found
If you have ever lost anything on the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tram or bus, you may already be familiar with the BVG Fundbüro. We were pleasantly surprised to be reunited with our lost beloved dinosaur book a couple of months ago. They have a very convenient website, which also works on mobile, (https://www.bvg.de/fundbuero) where you can search by route then object type and it will return search results each with their own code number. With this code, they can easily track your item down at the Lost and Found office. They will hold objects for up to six weeks. We only saw the front of the facility, which was chockfull of umbrellas, gloves and scarves, but there are apparently rows of shelves in the back with all kinds of things from books to bags to bicycles.
They are located in Friedrichshain behind the Warschauer Strasse Station (walk through the U-Bahn station to the stairs that go down to the lower street -follow the signs) at Rudolfstrasse 1-8, 10245 Berlin. and are open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 9-18:00.
Here are some tips in English from All About Berlin on how to get your things back from all kinds of places in the city: https://allaboutberlin.com/guides/lost-and-found-berlin
And in German, this page also has the numbers and links to various bureaus: https://www.bz-berlin.de/artikel-archiv/fundsachen-nicht-abgeben-ist-strafbar
Also-check out this fascinating New York Times photo series about what happens to the stuff that is left on the Deutsche Bahn: (Works best on Chrome): https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/23/travel/germany-lost-luggage-auction.html