Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 5
- Grade: p to k
- Reading age: 3 to 5
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.
About the authors
Mireille Messier est une auteure jeunesse néeà Montréal, qui a grandi à Ottawa et qui habite maintenant à Toronto. Elle a travaillé dans les domaines de la radiodiffusion et du théâtre. Depuis le lancement de son premier livre en 2003, Mireille a publié plus de vingt livres, certains en français, d’autres en anglais, destinés aux enfants de tous les âges. Ma branche préférée a été mise en nomination pour les prix Shining Willow, Blue Spruce et pour les Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général. Mireille vit avec son mari, deux merveilleuses adolescentes, trois chats pelucheux et une centaine de poissons rouges.
Irene Luxbacher a obtenu son diplôme d'histoire de l'art à l'université Queen's avant d'étudier au Emily Carr College of Art and Design à Vancouver, en Colombie Britannique. En 1994, elle est revenue à Toronto où elle coordonne des expositions d'arts d'enfants en plus d'écrire et d'illustrer des livres dans ce domaine. On lui doit la collection Mes premières oeuvres.
Irene Luxbacher was nominated for the Governor General's Award for her illustrations in Andrew Larsen's The Imaginary Garden and its sequel The Not-So-Faraway Adventure. She has illustrated several other picture books, and her own Deep Underwater, Mattoo, Let’s Play!, and Mr. Frank, as well as eight acclaimed children’s art activity books. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and young son. You can learn more about her work at ireneluxbacher.com.
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
- Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Books
- Commended, Kirkus Best Books
“A wonderful way of rediscovering ancient, life-giving treasures.”
David Suzuki, Scientist and Broadcaster
“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.”
Autumn Peltier, internationally recognized advocate for water, from the Wikwemikong First Nation
? "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
“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
“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
“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.”
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