Children's Literature - Ann Sanger
Kyle is a young boy dealing with the divorce of his parents. His dad would rise early in the morning after a big storm to make pancakes and take Kyle for a walk on the beach searching for treasures deposited on the shore. Now that Kyle lives with his mom, storms make him sad. Kyle's Mom attempts to comfort her son by donning her rain slicker and inviting Kyle to go looking for treasure. At first Kyle resists the suggestion, but he does not want to disappoint his mom, so he gets his red mesh treasure bag to walk along the beach. That morning they do indeed find a treasure. On a piece of driftwood covered in seaweed they find a wet, black dog that is barely alive. Mom and child nurse the animal back to health and Kyle thinks that the dog they name "Treasure" will be his forever. This short easy reader is a gem. It would be a great book for guidance counselors to share with children in one-parent homes. The book would also be suitable for teaching compromise and sharing. Only sixty-two pages long with black-and-white illustrations sprinkled throughout, this book is a wonderful read-aloud book.
"The Vancouver Island coast provides a picturesque setting...made doubly appealing by Amy Meissner's beautiful drawings."
Read an Excerpt
"Don't touch," Mom said. "I think it's a dead seal."
But Kyle lifted one more handful of seaweed. "It has an ear," he said. "It looks like a dog."
"Poor dog," Mom said. "It must have drowned in the storm last night."
Kyle pulled away more seaweed. He uncovered the dog's face. "Its eyelid moved! It's alive!"