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"5 stars. There was once a time when we wouldsit at the knees of elders and listen to stories and parables. ... there wasalways a hidden message buried within the story lines. The tale unfolds like astory being shared by a clever storyteller. ... Karl Beckstrand's picture bookstory ... is exactly what its title suggests: a parable. ... In this fast-pacedworld of trinkets and high tech toys, it is so easy to get caught up with thenewest and latest toy. ... There is a growing need to take a step back andvisualize what's really important in life. ... For one little boy, his ability tomake ingenious and useful objects out of discarded things defined him. ... Achance encounter with an old woman sitting by a stream turns into a verylucrative enterprise. When the boy asks the old woman what she is looking at,she simply says, 'Trouble and treasure.' The boy asks for an explanation andshe tells him that the scattering of branches in the stream is causing ablockage that the fish can't swim past. And the treasure? That's what the boywill discover. ... And it's not what you would think. ... It is colorfullyillustrated to help move the events along. At the end of the book, once thetreasure is revealed, the author allows the reader to peruse some further ideasof how to build one's own treasure. ... A very educational resource and a goodstory as well." - Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
From the Inside Flap
"Hello," said the boy, curious to know who she was--and why she stared so intently at the dead wood. "Hello," said the old woman, not taking her eyes from the branches. "What are you looking at?" asked the boy. "Trouble and treasure," she said.
Rating: ★★★★★ = I loved this book and would reread it to my children in the future.
Genre: Childrens books
Plot: A young boy learns a valuable lesson from an old woman he meets during his adventures
Pros: 1.) Well illustrated 2.) A good read for kids of all ages 3.) The length of the book is good for children with short attention spans. 4.) Children can learn from this book, not just look at pictures.
Cons: 1.) It is short. This is a good thing for fidgety children, not so much a good thing for older ones.
Quotes: "Trouble and Treasure"
My thoughts: I read this book to my children ages 3, 5, and 9. The three-year-old particularly loved the photos and proceeded to ask a million different questions about them which I loved. Any book that gets the conversation going is a good book in my eyes! My nine-year-old enjoyed the book as well. He did end up reading the book on his own later that day which was surprising to me because he doesn't tend to read much on his own. Personally, I like that the book kept my kids interested. The bit at the very end with ideas for kids on how to be frugal was awesome too. All in all a great read. I would love to read more books by this author to my children. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
Very much enjoyed this book. An excellent work by the authors to engage children in noble endeavor of entrepreneurship. The narrative and illustrations do a wonderful job in guiding children to understand the core concepts of business ownership. For example . . . Service--the young man in the story is requested by an elderly woman to help her. He agrees and his willingness to assist her leads him to a discover a need for the community that he can provide. Thus, by his kind service, he uncovers a "treasure" for himself and his neighbors.
Additionally, young children can also learn the importance and value of Integrity from this book. After the elderly woman asks for his help, she disappears, leaving the young man with a choice. Does he keep his word and help or does he simply forget his promise and be on his way? He elects to help, to do as he promised, and from such the blessings of kindness and service are made manifest.
Overall, a great book for young people to teach them the benefits of business ownership, how to provide a service or product that meets the needs of the community, and the value of doing so. The authors also provide many ideas for businesses for young people that will spur them to consider each one or discover their own passion.
The Bridge of the Golden Wood is a beautifully illustrated children's book teaching entrepreneurship and helping others. Amanda (age 9) easily understood the message of the story. She told me that we need to work to earn money, that we should enjoy our work, and that we should be kind to others. This book also teaches children about responsibility. It's a unique picture book that offers resources at the end. I recommend it for children ages 4 - 9.
This short picture book is an interesting tale about a young boy who is given a choice by an old woman. The reader is introduced to a young Asian boy who likes to make things and always carries tools with him. One day he is walking along a stream near his home when he comes across an old woman sitting on its banks. She appears to be staring at a pile of branches piled against the rocks in the stream. She informs the boy that these objects are both “trouble and treasure.” They are trouble for the fish that cannot swim past them, but she will offer him a treasure if the boy will help her. Immediately the clever boy comes up with an ingenious solution to solve the problem. Then the old woman disappears, but her promise is delivered in an unexpected way.
Beautiful watercolor illustrations enhance the uplifting message and serene mood of the book. Beckstrand includes interesting ideas and activities to enhance the book's value. My main criticism of the book lies in the layout of the text, which is so small that it is difficult to read. I would recommend the story, especially as a read-aloud for elementary grade children, though the message is certainly pertinent to any age group.
This story had the feel of a folk tale, is very enjoyable to read and teaches a good lesson about working hard. The artwork is lovely as well. I enjoyed reading this as an adult and would consider giving the book as a gift to children of the appropriate age.
The softly charming illustrations will please readers of all ages, particularly the red panda who appears on most pages. The parable is simple, yet effective and the lesson learned a basic but important one. The book as follow up questions you can ask the children after the book is finished, as well as hints for how a child can start his own business of sorts. A worthy read.
This is a sweet and simple story about using one's ingenuity and resources to help others in such a way that generates the satisfaction of being of service to them and also opens up possibilities for earning an honest income. A subtle lesson is that it is wise to help in whatever ways present themselves, and the rewards may well come from unexpected sources. The illustrations are beautiful. Great little book.
I liked the ideas of how a youngster can find ways to earn a living while also helping others and themselves, too. Also felt that it had some beautiful images/ illustrations in this ebook as well. Therefore I wish to recommend this for five stars as well as for kids ages -18 who prefer to do as this boy has done in this book. I received this ebook for free and in return, here is my honest review. Super work Karl! By Angela