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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.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book at no cost for an honest review. Some of the oldest stories known to humanity are instructional tales. They told children how to interact with elders and how to react with strange situations. These tales stood the test of time because they spoke to the reality of the world around the readers. “The Bridge of the Golden Wood” harkens beautifully back to these old fairy tales and expands on them in a manner that brings it into the modern world with all its complexity. The artwork by Yaniv Cahoua has a soft golden beauty that is soothing and inviting. The watercolor style paintings are fairly simple but the characters from the fish to the people are expressive and engaging. The story itself – by Karl Beckstrand – is engaging and easy to follow but not particularly gripping. It is clearly meant to be instructional following the tradition of the old fairy tales though the author makes the lesson as intriguing as possible. The young protagonist is believable and relatable to the point that most readers will be certain that they know the kid. The boy is met with a stranger in the wood – as in all the best fairy tales – and is faced with the choice of making the kind and responsible decision or selfishly going on his way. The story illustrates that it is not only the choice in the moment that matters to success and profit but preparation and readiness as well. At the end of the book there are suggested discussions and projects that an adult reader can guide a child reader through to gain a practical understanding of earning money and providing a service to their fellow creatures. All in all and pleasant read and a good addition the library of any young scholar.
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.
Ok, I’m starting to love these children books and I don’t even have my own yet. This is my second book by Karl Beckstrand and I have not been let down yet. However, I believe “The Bridge of the Golden Wood” is not suitable for young ages, as 3-5 year olds may not fully understand the concept of money and where it comes from.
With this in mind, we have yet another great and wise story about a boy who, after freeing the fish from the river, uses the branches to build a bridge and help an old lady pass through it. With these lovely gestures, comes income for the poor boy. So every kind gesture is returned in one form or another. I believe this book encourages children to help where possible, while explaining a little the concept of making money.
Although there are some holes in the plot, I believe every page has reached its purpose. The illustrations are sometimes fuzzy, but when the focus is on a particular object or being, they are quite nice. From my kindle version, I would have wanted a bit brighter colors, but that did not make the experience any lesser.
All in all, I liked this book and, after two titles by Karl Beckstrand, I like his approach on providing useful lessons for children.
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.