From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Captain Jon and First Mate Sue set sail on an imaginary pirate ship and rescue some stranded pirates, but are unable to salvage their treasure. While the crew members argue about whose fault the wreck is, Sue reminds them that although they lost their gold, they gained two lifelong friends. The new pals exchange tokens of friendship (a shell necklace and a treasure map). "'It's strange,' said Captain Curly Beard./And then he smiled real wide./'This giving stuff is really fun/I feel all warm inside.'" Osteen's text attempts to inspire readers to search for treasures within themselves and others, but the syrupy text is awkward and strains to rhyme. The overall effect is preachy, and the illustrations are uninspired and stiff.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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About the Author
has always had an infectious passion and enthusiasm for life. A native Houstonian, Victoria began her career in her family's jewelry business and now works with the most precious treasure of all -- people. She is an inspiration and mentor to women everywhere as she ministers alongside her husband, Joel, and sets a wonderful example for their two children, Jonathan and Alexandra. Victoria is active in her community and committed to helping women, children, and families discover their purpose and reach their highest potential.
Visit the Osteen website at www.joelosteen.com.Diane Palmisciano
is the illustrator of more than fifty books for children including picture books and chapter books such as the Jenny Archer
series. Ms. Palmisciano is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Rhode Island.