From two of our most talented picture-book creators comes this celebration of things that can't be destroyed by bombs or fire. A haunting and beautiful tale of the power of words, the importance of stories and the resilience of the human spirit.
When the enemy bombed the library, everything burned.
As war rages, Peter and his father flee their home, taking with them a treasure box that holds something more precious than jewels. They journey through mud and rain and long cold nights, and soon their survival becomes more important than any possessions they carry.
But as the years go by, Peter never forgets the treasure box, and one day he returns to find it...
About the Author
Margaret Wild is Australia's leading picture book writer. She was born in Eshowe, a small town in South Africa.
Margaret has written over twenty books, many of which have appeared in foreign editions. All have been highly acclaimed. Jenny Angel (which was inspired by her brother's death at the age of seven), illustrated by Anne Spudvilas, Fox, illustrated by Ron Brooks and The Very Best of Friends, illustrated by Julie Vivas are all winners of the CBC Picture Book of the Year Award. Her most recent picture book with Penguin is Leo the Littlest Seahorse.
She now lives in Sydney.
About the Illustrator
Freya Blackwood is one of the most talented children's illustrators in the world today. Her stunning and iconic illustrations perfectly capture the warmth and complexity of growing up. While warm and classic, her style has a unique quality that renders her work instantly recognisable. The pathos of her characters is a joy to behold, and her work has deservedly captured international attention and a swag of awards and nominations. These include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal (2010), which is the UK's most prestigious award for children's illustration, and the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award - Early Childhood (2007).
Her most recent books are Maudie and Bear (2010), Harry and Hopper (2009), Her Mother's Face (2009) and Amy and Louis (2006). The Tresure i Box is Freya's first book with Penguin Australia. Freya lives in Orange, NSW, with her daughter, Ivy.
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Comments about The Treasure Box:
Thought-provoking book. As a picture book it is for younger readers, although not for littlies - the concepts are deep and a little sad at times.
Illustrations are stunning.
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
For Grades: 5 - 6
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 30th January 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 23.4 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 27.6
Edition Number: 1