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The Treasure Hunt: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club) Paperback – September 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel; Reissue edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590956183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590956185
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Oprah Book Club® Selection, December 1997: Little Bill discovers that some of the best treasure cannot be bought or collected. At home on a windy and rainy day, Little Bill is bored. His father has jazz records to listen to, and his brother has a great baseball card collection. Bill wants something special, too--something that he can call his own. But what does he have? His great-grandmother comes to his rescue. She gets Bill to tell her a story, and she laughs and laughs at the tale he tells. Little Bill realizes that he has something special after all: the ability to tell a good story and make people laugh.

Bill Cosby's Little Bill books are engaging and uplifting, entertaining and, at the same time, educational. Each story highlights a certain problem and encourages the use of imagination and creativity to find solutions.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3. Cosby turns his hand to writing, telling stories about situations that children often face. In The Best Way to Play, Little Bill, the narrator, and his friends get caught up in the excitement and marketing of their favorite TV cartoon, Space Explorers, and desperately want their parents to buy them the expensive video game. They become bored with it quickly, however, and realize that it's more fun to play Space Explorers outside. In The Meanest Thing to Say, Little Bill comes face to face with a bully. The Treasure Hunt takes him on a voyage of self-exploration. It seems to him that everyone in his family has a special quality. After a full day of searching, he discovers that his is "telling stories and making people laugh." These titles feature short chapters, making them appropriate for beginning readers?but they're also short enough to be read aloud. Honeywood's illustrations are bright and eye-catching, and show Little Bill and his friends and family as having distinctive personalities and characteristics. Each book comes with a letter to parents from a child psychiatrist about the subject matter in that book. While the writing is nothing extraordinary, Cosby has a good grasp of the issues and how the world looks through children's eyes. The primarily African-American characters also make these books welcome additions to easy-reader collections.?Dina Sherman, Brooklyn Children's Museum, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "kfray" on March 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
My son is 5 and he relates to Little Bill very well.. All of the stories are easy to read and understand for him. I would recommend this book and all other Little Bill books to parents who read with their children on a regular basis. The language and concepts are simple yet interesting with very open ended solutions that can be applied anywhere and my son grasps the concepts quite well. We also watch the t.v show which is a bit different from the book, but like them both the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reginald H. Henderson on February 2, 1998
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The Little Bill series is great. This one was a bit abstract for my 4 year old, I don't think he understood the concept of Little Bill making up his own story and being proud of it.
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The Treasure Hunt is a book that every child should own. It's from the Little Bill Series by Bill Cosby. It's creative and funny and it teaches children about family and tradition.
It's raining outside and Little Bill can't find anything to amuse himself with. He's bored with the hobbies that the rest of his family are interested in.His great grandma,in her wisdom,lets him find out what he is capable of.
Mr.Cosby shows us that we all have something creative in us.He demonstrates how children often learn about themselves through interactions with others. I like the idea that the book features a letter to parents by a child psychiatry specialist.

Jennifer Dunagan,author of
Auntie Jennie's Puppy:The
Adventures of Santana and
Santana's Harrowing Halloween
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1998
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Well this is the best of Bill Cosby's books. It still falls way short though. Children learning to read need better than this. It stops and starts. The pictures are great - I can't praise Miss Honeywood enough - yet the story disappoints. Best of Bill but my oh my this is pushing it Oprah!
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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AS A PARENT, THE REFERENCES MADE BY EACH CHARACTER'S HOBBIES LACKED TODAY'S RELEVANCE/COULD NOT KEEP MY CHILD'S INTEREST. ALTHOUGH BILL COSBY OFTEN TRIES TO ENLIGHTEN TODAY'S YOUTH WITH HIS PERSONAL CRUSADE WITH BLACK ARTIST'S AND ATHELETE'S, HE NEEDS TO REMEMBER HIS AGE GROUP AND DECADES IN WHICH HE IS WRITING.
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