Hidden Treasure

Pamela Allen, Author Putnam Publishing Group $13.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-399-21427-1
Allen's newest book presents a discerning look into the meaning of ""treasure.'' Herbert and Harry are brothers who enjoy being together until they discover a treasure chest while fishing. The ensuing rift over ownership leaves Harry swimming for shore and Herbert escaping with the treasure. Herbert's concern over the treasurethat Harry or someone else will find itturns the find into a lifelong burden as he searches for an impenetrable hideout so he can sleep without worry. His is a life of constant vigilance, while Harry, who ``had no treasure,'' is surrounded by plump grandchildren and is ``always able to sleep soundly.'' Allen's vibrant line-and-wash color illustrations show page after page of Herbert's burgeoning problems and then, with one revelatory picture of Harry, shows how the brother's paths have drastically diverged. A bit of a moral and a lot of fun. Ages 5-8. (September)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1987
Release date: 09/01/1987
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