The Lost Kitten

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Kindergarten   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

When a tiny stray kitten turns up on the doorstep, Hina and her mother take the kitten in. Hina makes a home for it and learns all about caring for a living creature. Then one day the kitten goes missing.

This is the eagerly anticipated new picture book from Japan’s leading illustrator Komako Sakai, whose atmospheric illustrations are filled with grace.

The Lost Kitten is a perfectly simple story about finding something to love then fearing it is lost, drawn with a light touch.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$16.99 $12.74
Interest Level Preschool - Kindergarten
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Copyright 2017
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2017-04-01
BISACS JUV002050, JUV039050, JUV000000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8.5 x 10.5
Lexile 490
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2018



“[T]his sweet, beautifully illustrated story emphasizes both empathy and compassion. Perfect for little animal-lovers.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“More than a basic stray kitten tale, this is a sweet selection about being lost and found. The cozy ending will fill listeners with hope.”—School Library Journal

Illustrator: Komako Sakai

Komako Sakai lives in Japan and studied art in Tokyo. She is one of the most popular children's illustrators in Japan and winner of the Japanese Picture Book Prize, and her books are published throughout the world.

Author: Lee

Born in Tokyo in 1964, Lee is a hair and make-up artist whose work has been featured in magazines, commercials, film, and theater. The Lost Kitten is his first book.