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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon Inspirations (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141695550X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416955504
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,310,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Victoria Osteen 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.

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Victoria Osteen 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.

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She is always excited to read it.
Ann C. Wilson
A wonderfully well written book that captures the imagination of young readers.
F. Newman
My 5 yr old son loves the book and the 9 yr old loves to read it to him.
E. Ferrell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jo Rendon on February 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Just read this book to my 7 & 4 yr old this morning... they really liked it! AND I liked to as well!!! Great colorful pictures, but better than that a GREAT message! Want to buy more for other kids!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Rather than read a "normal" children's story, why not share one that teaches important lessons about the Christian life? If you feel that way, Unexpected Treasures is an excellent choice.

This book brought back many memories. When I was young, I had two friends who liked to pretend that they were pirates. These boys came from a broken home and rarely saw their father. They were extremely sad and became aggressive with other people. Their idea of playing pirates was to see how many bad things they could do without any adults catching on. Outnumbered two-to-one, I often walked home alone to avoid participating in some reprehensible act.

When I saw that this book was about playing at being pirates, I wondered how in the world that could be a positive theme for a children's book. Was I pleasantly surprised by the story!

Victoria Osteen introduces what might be a brother and sister, Jon and Sue, who run into two boys, Captain Curly Beard and Pirate Fred, who are focused on gathering treasure. Jon and Sue provide examples of kindly and Godly living that soften the hearts of Curly Beard and Fred. I was impressed by the model that's expressed of how loving relationships can be conducted among children.

Curly Beard's and Fred's pirate ship has hit some rocks and is sinking. Jon and Sue head off to the rescue. "Let's sail there on the double!"
Curly Beard asks for help and Jon replies, "Just leave your ship behind. C'mon and climb aboard with us. We promise to be kind."

Because Curly Beard and Fred are sad about losing the treasure, Jon soothes with this advice, "It will all be okay. Sometimes bad things can lead to good. God always makes a way." Sue offers, "We're sorry that you lost your gold, but you found us.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ann C. Wilson on January 23, 2009
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This is a wonderful, well-written, beautifully illustrated, understandable book for girls and boys! My 5 year old daughter really enjoys it. She is always excited to read it. It is a GREAT book that teaches of God's love and how He helps us live our lives in the RIGHT way. God Bless!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Atwell on March 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book for young children. The message is positive. The illustrations are eye catching. Children need more books like these by Victoria Osteen.
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