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The Treasure (Sunburst Book) Paperback – September 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Sunburst Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (September 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374479550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374479558
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rich full-color illustrations provide a fresh and vigorous interpretation of the familiar story of a poor man who, inspired by a recurring dream, journeys to a far city to look for a treasure-only to be advised to return home and find it." --The Horn Book.

A "perfect blend of words and pictures. . .A must purchase." --Starred, School Library Journal

About the Author

Uri Shulevitz is a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, on February 27, 1935. He began drawing at the age of three and, unlike many children, never stopped. The Warsaw blitz occurred when he was four years old, and the Shulevitz family fled. For eight years they were wanderers, arriving, eventually, in Paris in 1947. There Shulevitz developed an enthusiasm for French comic books, and soon he and a friend started making their own. At thirteen, Shulevitz won first prize in an all-elementary-school drawing competition in Paris's 20th district.
 
In 1949, the family moved to Israel, where Shulevitz worked a variety of jobs: an apprentice at a rubber-stamp shop, a carpenter, and a dog-license clerk at Tel Aviv City Hall. He studied at the Teachers' Institute in Tel Aviv, where he took courses in literature, anatomy, and biology, and also studied at the Art Institute of Tel Aviv. At fifteen, he was the youngest to exhibit in a group drawing show at the Tel Aviv Museum.
 
At 24 he moved to New York City, where he studied painting at Brooklyn Museum Art School and drew illustrations for a publisher of Hebrew books. One day while talking on the telephone, he noticed that his doodles had a fresh and spontaneous look—different from his previous illustrations. This discovery was the beginning of Uri's new approach to his illustrations for The Moon in My Room, his first book, published in 1963. Since then he was written and illustrated many celebrated children’s books. He won the Caldecott Medal for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, written by Arthur Ransome. He has also earned three Caldecott Honors, for The Treasure, Snow and How I Learned Geography. His other books include One Monday Morning, Dawn, So Sleepy Story, and many others. He also wrote the instructional guide Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books. He lives in New York City.

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The moral is...lovely, heartwarming.
Nancy
And as the book is put down the reader realizes that a lovely blessing has been conferred.
Andrew Schonbek
Was a great addition to our Christian School library.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
This short children's story is about an elderly man who is told in a dream to travel a long distance to a city to find a treasure. He finds it in an unexpected place; not where he expected. A book that children will enjoy for a long time. The book was a 1980 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best illustrations in a book for children.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R, your friendly neighborhood reviewer on August 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I first read this book I had no idea how good it was going to be. The illustrations are some of the best I've seen in chidren's picture books.

A poor, old man has a dream that keeps haunting him. The dreams tells him to go to a far of land to find a great treasure.

So he does search far away until he finds the exact spot his dream mentions. But theres a problem: the place is guarded. The man confronts a guard and tells him about the dream. The guard in turn gives him a lecture-like talk about how if he had followed one of his dreams he would find a treasure in some poor, old mans house. This house, of course, is our stories hero. The man journeys back to his home and finds his treasure. He's even kind enough,after becoming rich, to send the guard a priceless ruby.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on April 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
This beautiful book tells a story of seeking and ultimately of finding - albeit in a place most unexpected.

The tale begins simply. On a blank page is written, "There once was a man and his name was Isaac."

Isaac lives a difficult life of great poverty and need. Then he has a dream in which a voice tells him to go to the capital city in search of a treasure hidden under the bridge by the royal palace. At first he disregards this; but after the dream repeats itself for the third time, he sets off on a quest.

Shulevitz' illustrations have a magical glow about them. It is as if the very landscape is speaking to the existence of something hidden - something that vibrates just beneath the surface of all things. The designation of this work as a Caldecott Honor Book in 1980 recognizes this high level of artistry.

In the end Isaac's perseverance and obedience are rewarded. And rather than simply taking, he gives back something in return. "In thanksgiving, he built a house of prayer, and in one of its corners he put an inscription: Sometimes one must travel far to discover what is near."

The picture of the house of prayer emanates an ethereal light. And as the book is put down the reader realizes that a lovely blessing has been conferred.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By abookbug on July 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
On the topic of unexpected blessings, I happened on this little gem of a find several years ago, and have treasured it as one of my all-time favorite picture books ever since. Breathtaking, rich watercolor illustrations in soft, earthy hues lend a dreamy feeling to the text, which can be appreciated equally as well (if not better) by adults as children. I like to read into it the gentle reminder that sometimes the greatest treasures (happiness, fulfillment, love) can be found where we least expect them, and may not be so far away as we are wont to imagine.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H on May 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
This books is the childrens version of The Alchemist....I love the idea of both books- you have to travel far to find what is near. What an insightful story for a child.

Shulevitz has becautifully scuplted the illustrations around a quick and simple story.

A poverty stricken man must listen to his dreams, and travel a great distance to find the answer to his journey. Sometimes the answer we are looking for is not the question itself- but the journey we must go through. It' wond a caldecott honor in 1980, and i was given this gift as a child some tens years later. I read it over and over and learned that you have to follow your dreams....even if there is work involved. The little old man has a happy ending, but does not forget to honor those by which he found his gift.
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By Ulyyf on July 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I really like the illustrations in this book. They are neither too simple nor too complex.

And I like the style of this book, a direct, straight-forward storytelling.

I'm not sure I like the story itself, though I can't put my finger on *why*, exactly. It isn't all that compelling to me or my nieces (5 and 2.5), anyway.

I'm giving it four stars because there are parts of it I *really* do enjoy, as I said, but... read it before you buy.
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By manico on January 12, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is another of the titles I chose to add to my personal collection after retiring as a children's librarian. It is a simple tale with a deep message which is accessible at different levels to all ages. The beautiful color illustrations are equal to the text and are the reason this book won a Caldecott Honor Award. This was one of my sons' favorite book when he was younger.
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By old recluse on December 1, 2013
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Am sending this little book to my granddaughter for her birthday. The story is everlasting. The art work is very nice.
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