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A retelling of the traditional English tale in which a poor man follows the advice of his dream and is eventually led to a treasure.
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A retelling of the traditional English tale in which a poor man follows the advice of his dream and is eventually led to a treasure.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374479558
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 9/1/1986
  • Series: Sunburst Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 123,743
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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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Reading Group Guide

Author/illustrator Uri Shulevitz spent the early years of his life, from the age of four, wandering

with his family, in search of a home. From war-torn Warsaw, Poland to the Central Asian city of

Turkestan in the Soviet Union to Paris, France to Tel Aviv, Israel, and finally to his permanent

home in New York City.  

Likewise, many of the characters in his books travel too. The Fool of the World sets off in search of

a flying ship. The young boy in How I Learned Geography uses a map and his imagination to travel

the world. Benjamin of Tudela journeys for fourteen years to the far reaches of the known world

and back again to Spain. In The Treasure, Isaac travels great distances to the Royal Palace in search

of a treasure that he finally finds under his own stove. And the young hero of When I Wore My

Sailor Suit sets off on an imaginary journey to distant lands as the captain of a sailing ship on both

calm and storm tossed seas.

Opportunities abound for social studies curriculum connections as well as language arts (reading,

writing, and research) and visual art connections. Invite your students to join you on a journey of

fun, learning, and imagination!

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    Very Nice Story!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    The Treasure- Uri Shulevitz

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006


    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2000

    The Treasure

    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.

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