“The Greatest Treasure” by Anne Lacourrege“The Greatest Treasure” by Anne Lacourrege https://www.readerviewskids.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/TheGreatestTreasure-791x1024.jpg 791 1024 Reader Views Kids Reader Views Kids https://www.readerviewskids.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/TheGreatestTreasure-791x1024.jpg
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The Greatest Treasure
Independently Published (2022)
Reviewed by Lydia (age 9) and Mom for Reader View (11/2023)
“The Greatest Treasure” by Anne Lacourrege is the story of a girl named Lily who lived a long time ago – in the 1800s! Lily and her family lived in an old house shaped like a ship whose builder was a sea captain. Two main doors are in the house – one is always open, and the other has a missing key and is locked. The locked door is a mystery to everyone in the family until one day when Lily is playing ball and finds the key! She is excited to open the door but also nervous about what she will find. Her curiosity wins, along with a mysterious voice from the keyhole telling her to open it, and what’s in there is surprising! Lily found coloring books, colors, playing cards, toys, and other things. She learns the room’s history, the family who used to live there, and the importance of love.
I enjoyed this story because Lily seemed about my age, so it was easy to picture myself having her adventure. I liked that the house had a story about itself and the builders; what Lily found was exciting and exactly like what I would love to discover. I liked that the whole family was living together because family being close together is important. I liked the illustrations, too – they were pretty and helped me better understand the story. Kids who like to explore, go on adventures, and discover new things will enjoy “The Greatest Treasure.” I thought overall it was a fun story because of Lily’s adventure; there’s always something happening in this story.
Note from mom: “The Greatest Treasure” begins reminiscent of a fairy tale with “once upon a time,” transporting the reader to a simple time. The rest of the story doesn’t necessarily scream fairy tale, but it is realistic with familial living arrangements. The story contains a mysterious component with an unfaced voice speaking to her from the other side of a door, hiding who knows what. True to the children’s genre, everything works out in the end, but also familiar to modern Disney movies, there is a heartfelt backstory with resolution. A possible moral of the story – a little curiosity isn’t such a bad thing.
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