The Treasure Box

Title

The Treasure Box

Authors

Margaret Wild

Illustrator

Freya Blackwood

Publisher

Candlewick Press

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780763690847

Pages

40 pages

Genre

historical

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When the enemy bombs the library, everything burns, and only one book survives. As war rages around them, Peter and his father, alongside so many refugees, flee their home, taking with them a treasure box that holds something rarer than rubies and more precious than gold. They journey through mud and rain and long cold nights, and soon survival becomes more important than any possession. But as the years go by, Peter never forgets the treasure box, and one day he returns to find it. This moving story from celebrated author Margaret Wild is illustrated with Freya Blackwood’s subtly affecting artwork, which incorporates pages of children’s books in translation. The result is a haunting and beautiful tale of the power of stories and the resilience of the human spirit.

Grade Level

K-3

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Single parent; Family member death; Immigrants and refugees; single father; death of a father; immigrant children; emigration; refugee family

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

father

Keywords

personal belongings; survival; books; libraries; fathers and sons; treasure; orphanage; perserverance

Diversity Impact

direct

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