Maggie’s Treasure

Maggie’s Treasure

Written by: Lappano, Jon-Erik
Illustrated by: Hatanaka, Kellen
ages 3 to 7 / grades P to 2

When Maggie’s treasure collection grows too big to manage, she finds a creative solution.

Maggie finds treasure wherever she goes. Whether it’s a button, a feather or a shiny stone, she picks it up and takes it home. At first the neighbors and city workers are grateful to Maggie for cleaning up; the mayor even gives her an award. But over time Maggie’s collection grows bigger and bigger, until it spills out of her house and garden in an unsightly mess. Her parents tell her “Enough treasure!” and eventually even Maggie realizes that something must be done. Finally, inspired by a bird outside her window, she finds a way to share her treasure that enchants and transforms the entire neighborhood.

Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka, winners of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Tokyo Digs a Garden, have created a stunning picture book about a child who turns her passion for collecting into a pleasure for her community.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

When Maggie’s treasure collection grows too big to manage, she finds a creative solution.

Maggie finds treasure wherever she goes. Whether it’s a button, a feather or a shiny stone, she picks it up and takes it home. At first the neighbors and city workers are grateful to Maggie for cleaning up; the mayor even gives her an award. But over time Maggie’s collection grows bigger and bigger, until it spills out of her house and garden in an unsightly mess. Her parents tell her “Enough treasure!” and eventually even Maggie realizes that something must be done. Finally, inspired by a bird outside her window, she finds a way to share her treasure that enchants and transforms the entire neighborhood.

Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka, winners of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Tokyo Digs a Garden, have created a stunning picture book about a child who turns her passion for collecting into a pleasure for her community.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Sep 1, 2020
Specifications 32 pages | 8.375 in x 11 in

Praise for author Jon-Erik Lappano and illustrator Kellen Hatanaka for Maggie’s Treasure:

“A wise and satisfying read.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The energetic, brightly colored, stylized art gives a kinetic and appealing look to what otherwise is junk. There is movement in the art throughout. All of that comes together to create a beautiful book.” — School Library Journal

Maggie’s Treasure is equal parts whimsical and empowering, as the heroine learns to not only value her favourite finds but helps the entire neighbourhood see the sparkle in ordinary objects.” — Quill & Quire

"The digital artwork is filled with brilliant color and a sense of wonder for Maggie's imagination." — Sal's Fiction Addiction Blog

"This book is all about perspectives, appreciating things for their uniqueness, and the way our choices and attitudes can have an impact on the community." — Canadian Picture Book Blog

Praise for author Jon-Erik Lappano and illustrator Kellen Hatanaka for Tokyo Digs a Garden:

 “A challenging 21st-century fable sure to spark discussions.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A thing of beauty.” — New York Times

“Thoughtful and imaginative, this modern-day fairy tale challenges readers to contemplate what they wish for their own world, and perhaps consider how they will bring it about.” — School Library Journal

Audience ages 3 to 7 / grades P to 2
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2