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The Treasure

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by Uri Shulevitz
     
 

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Three times a voice comes to Isaac in his dreams and tells him to go to the capital city and look for a treasure under the bridge by the royal palace. Feeling a little foolish perhaps, but determined to see for himself if the dream is true, Isaac sets out on his long journey. What he finds makes a surprising and heart-warming ending to this retelling of a

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Three times a voice comes to Isaac in his dreams and tells him to go to the capital city and look for a treasure under the bridge by the royal palace. Feeling a little foolish perhaps, but determined to see for himself if the dream is true, Isaac sets out on his long journey. What he finds makes a surprising and heart-warming ending to this retelling of a well-known folk tale. In a few words, Cadelcott Medal winner Uri Shulevitz draws a man who is innocent enough to have faith in a dream, and wise enough to understand the greatest reward of all.

Isaac's solitary journey, his arrival at hte vast city, and his discovery there are all enriched by Mr. Shulevitz's beautifully detailed illustrations, which masterfully capture the spirit of the original tale while keeping it simple enough for the very youngest reader.

The Treasure is a 1980 Caldecott Honor Book and a 1979 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

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“Rich full-color illustrations provide a fresh and vigorous interpretation of the familiar story of a poor man who, inspired by a recurring dream, journeys to a far city to look for a treasure-only to be advised to return home and find it.” —The Horn Book

“[A] perfect blend of words and pictures. . .A must purchase.” —Starred, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374479558
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
09/01/1986
Series:
Sunburst Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
460,035
Product dimensions:
7.66(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile:
490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Uri Shulevitz is a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, on February 27, 1935. He began drawing at the age of three and, unlike many children, never stopped. The Warsaw blitz occurred when he was four years old, and the Shulevitz family fled. For eight years they were wanderers, arriving, eventually, in Paris in 1947. There Shulevitz developed an enthusiasm for French comic books, and soon he and a friend started making their own. At thirteen, Shulevitz won first prize in an all-elementary-school drawing competition in Paris's 20th district.

In 1949, the family moved to Israel, where Shulevitz worked a variety of jobs: an apprentice at a rubber-stamp shop, a carpenter, and a dog-license clerk at Tel Aviv City Hall. He studied at the Teachers' Institute in Tel Aviv, where he took courses in literature, anatomy, and biology, and also studied at the Art Institute of Tel Aviv. At fifteen, he was the youngest to exhibit in a group drawing show at the Tel Aviv Museum.

At 24 he moved to New York City, where he studied painting at Brooklyn Museum Art School and drew illustrations for a publisher of Hebrew books. One day while talking on the telephone, he noticed that his doodles had a fresh and spontaneous look—different from his previous illustrations. This discovery was the beginning of Uri's new approach to his illustrations for The Moon in My Room, his first book, published in 1963. Since then he was written and illustrated many celebrated children's books. He won the Caldecott Medal for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, written by Arthur Ransome. He has also earned three Caldecott Honors, for The Treasure, Snow and How I Learned Geography. His other books include One Monday Morning, Dawn, So Sleepy Story, and many others. He also wrote the instructional guide Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books. He lives in New York City.

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The Treasure 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Rusi1999 More than 1 year ago
We enjoyed this story and the little twist it had at the end. One of the lessons learned of not taking things for granted was interesting. The Author did a great job. My daughter enjoyed the book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dreaming one night, Issac dreamt of a treasure. Even though he went to be every night hungry since he was a poor man, he ignored the dream. The dream came back to him again and he igonred it. But when it came back the third time he decided to follow it. 'In his dream, a voice told him to go to the capital city and look for a treasure under the bridge by the Royal Palace.' So Issac went after the treasure. He went on his journey. Sometimes someone was nice enough to give 'him a ride but most of the timed he walked. He walked through forests. He crossed over mountians. And finally he reached capital city.' Did Issac find the treasure under the bridge? Does he become a rich man? You will have to read to find that out. This book is great for a second grade reading level. This is a great book to have children learn to follow their dreams. I love all of her books because i find that they have a great message behind them and the illustrations are beautiful. Shulevitz, Uri.THE TREAUSRE. Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York, 1978.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Treasure is a Caldecott Honor book. Isaac was a very poor old man. He would go to bed at night very hungry. One night he had a dream. A voice told him to go to the Capital City and look for a treasure under the bridge. ¿It¿s only a dream.¿ Said the old man. The same dream came back two more nights in a row. Isaac decided to go and see if there was anything to it. He walks and walks until he reaches the bridge. What does he find? This book would be good for grades 2-6th. I enjoyed this book. This book encourages the reader to follow their dreams. This book is a fantasy fiction book. I don¿t think you would ever find treasure by listening to your dreams. Uri Schulevitz is from Poland. Mr. Schuleitz left Poland with his family when he was four. They left because of the war. Mr. Shulevitz lives in New York where he writes books for children. Shulevitz, Uri. The Treasure. New York: Farrar, Strause and Giroux, 1978.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is written simply enough that a child would like it, but it also has a deeper meaning that a person of any age could relate to. I have read it to my younger friends many times, and enjoyed it myself as well.