cover image Treasure Nap

Treasure Nap

Juanita Havill. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), $16 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-395-57817-9

A favorite family story acts as a lullaby in this picture book. When Alicia complains that it is too hot to take a nap, her mother sets up a cooler place for them downstairs. As the fan blows across a bowl of ice cubes, Alicia and baby Ramon nod off as Mama tells the story of how their great-grandmother came to the U.S. from Mexico many years ago, carrying her treasure--a serape, a pito (flute-like instrument), and a wooden bird cage that is still valued in Alicia's family today. Havill's ( Jamaica Tag-Along ) unassuming text has a calming quality, perfect for bedtime reading. When paired with Savadier's bright palette, the story's images spring to life with ethnic flair. Unfortunately, several of Savadier's human figures are misshapen, but the warmth of the tale compensates for this shortcoming. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)