Monday, October 19, 2015

31 Days of Book Detectives ~ Day 19: The Treasure

Book Detectives ~ The Treasure @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

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In our third book by Uri Shulevitz, The Treasure, a man named Isaac travels far only to find his treasure close to home. This brief, simple picture book is accessible for young children but deep enough for discussion with older students and adults.

Not only are the greatest treasures found where we least expect them, but how do we respond? In faith? With perseverance? In gratitude? Even towards those who seemed to stand in the way of the treasure we thought we wanted?

The repetition of words for his journey to the city and back home is lovely.

I’m not sure of the antagonist in this story. Is it man vs. fate (the voice in the dream and the unexpected messenger)? Is it man vs. self (believing in the dream and persevering to find the treasure)? You read it and decide.

Crime Scene [Setting]


A European village?

Countryside, forests, mountains

The capital city


Long ago

Over a period of weeks?

Suspects [Characters]


Isaac—a poor man, hungry; full of faith, perseverance, and gratitude

Captain of the Guard—disbelieving


31 Days of Book Detectives ~ The Treasure @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

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