When two siblings go on a treasure hunt, they aren't sure exactly what kind of treasure they are looking for.
What they do know is that treasures are shiny, mysterious and precious. And that all the really good treasures are hidden! As they explore the forest, their curiosity pays off when they find the biggest, shiniest, most mysterious and precious treasure hidden just over a hill. Told exclusively in dialogue, this beautifully illustrated picture book exudes a sense of wonder at the natural world and emphasizes the magical qualities of looking through a child's eye.
Also available in French as Trésor, translated by the author, Mireille Messier.
★ "From tiny discoveries to one big treasure, the natural world delights at every turn...A gentle exploration, using a child's words and told at a child's pace, of a marvelous world."
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A wonderful way of rediscovering ancient, life-giving treasures.”
“Treasure reminds us that although we might not always find what we are looking for, we might discover something even more magical—a connection to nature and our Earth.”
“A good story to read aloud.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Messier and Luxbacher have created a vivid adventure that leads right to a shiny, mysterious, and precious treasure in both French and English. 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.”
– School Library Journal
“If you have a little treasure seeker, this is a beautiful book for story time inside or outside. And if you have someone who is reluctant to go outside, this is an excellent enticement.”
– Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk blog
“Full of wonder and the beauty of the natural surroundings, this book is a treat.”
– Sal's Fiction Addiction
“This is a very good choice to teach the value of time spent in the natural world, looking for treasures of nature. Young children will be encouraged to discuss their own treasures and what makes them so special.”
– Must Read Literature: K thru YA
Kirkus Best Books | 2019 | Commended
Bank Street College of Education Best Books | 2019 | Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection | 2020 | Commended
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