This book is about an enemy who bombed the library down. It is a very suspenseful book and it is a very interesting one as well. It informs young readers to be aware of how important a library is to people. Although from that harsh bomb only one book survived and that was kept for memories. Their houses have also been burned as well, so Peter and his father and others who lived around flee from the city. Peters father had died due to the harsh weather living outside. Although Peter than kept the box with him which had the lovely book in. This also informs us that things cannot be destroyed by bombs, and it will hurt people if things like this will happen. It is a great book to read although it is very sad. I don't want to give it all away so for further information about what happened to Peter next. Take this book out from the nearest library and read more to see what he had done next!!! Rating 3/5
- @Bookworm5755 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
This is heart-wrenching, all too true story, and it is beautifully illustrated. I loved the ending.
In this beautiful picture book, Wild and Blackwood use illustrated torn paper, and pensive text to convey the sense of loss that persecuted people feel when they are forced to flee their homes, and watch their culture be destroyed. The past, and all that it stands for, is represented by the treasure that the little boy Peter is entrusted with.... a book that his father saved from getting burned. Peter manages to hide the book, and many years, returns to claim it again and share its wealth with others. Like his father before him, Peter sees the book as a vessel of his heritage. For a story like this, the written word has to be of outstanding quality, and fortunately it is. The text is always appropriately respectful, and truthful, but never so dark as to take the focus away from the intended focus; this is not about the horrors of war, it is about reclaiming and passing on one's cultural identity. The illustrations also convey the same tone; the colours are grounded, and the torn paper (which sometimes includes written text) visually reminds us of the theme. Neither the war, or the culture are ever specified within the context of this story (although it is implied by other aspects), this makes the book more universal, and can easily be used to talk about displaced peoples from any place, or referred to those who have experienced it themselves. The Treasure Box's message is ultimately one of hope.
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