Wild, Margaret

The Treasure Box

(2) K-3 Illustrated by Freya Blackwood. "When the enemy bombed the library, everything burned," begins this shattering but ultimately affirming story. Fleeing, Peter and his father take the only library book that wasn't incinerated. After his father dies, Peter buries the book under a tree; as a grown man, Peter returns to dig it up. The collage art features torn book pages in various languages, suggesting the common humanity of victims of wartime displacement.


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