FICTION

Treasure

Orca. Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781459817340.
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PreS-Gr 2–Two siblings take a long walk through nature in search of a treasure. Along the way the younger sibling points out many possible treasures and wonders what her sister is looking for. Her sister tells her, “a treasure is shiny and mysterious and precious. And the best treasures are always hidden.” Readers will appreciate the magnificent reveal. Messier has created a dynamic tale that shows the importance of opinion, but that also captures a wonderful sibling dynamic. The text and vocabulary are easy to read and understand, with certain key words repeating in order to make young readers question the idea of treasure. It is also simple to tell which child is speaking, which makes it easy on older readers to change character voices. Luxbacher has created some fantastic illustrations that highlight the adventure the siblings are going on, the beauty of nature, and the intricacies of each treasure. These illustrations also add a sense of time to the tale, sometimes simply existing without text in order to show how the siblings are interacting with nature. The French translation adds a bit more personality to the siblings through the simple phrases, highlighting the children’s wonder of the world around them. However, Messier and Luxbacher have created a vivid adventure that leads right to a shiny, mysterious, and precious treasure in both French and English.
VERDICT An excellent read-aloud to teach children how one person’s treasure may be different from another’s, but that they are both still important.

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