Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Maya's Treasure

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Book Review - Maya's Treasure

Maya's Treasure

About the Book
Keeping close the words and memories of her grandmother, a young girl is determined to craft a treasure from cast-off bits of shell in this beautiful picture book.

  • Each morning when the sun rises, Maya and her sister, Alita, go to the shore to collect the beautiful seashells the waves wash up on the beach overnight.
  • The sisters scrub their finds until they sparkle like stars, then string them together to make beautiful jewelry they can sell to the people in their island village.
  • When Alita discards shells she deems too broken or ugly, Maya rescues them and remembers the words of her grandmother: ''Even the tiniest nub can be quite beautiful. You just have to find the magic in it.''
  • But can Maya turn the cast-off shells into something truly special?
  • Vibrant full-color pastel illustrations throughout evoke magic and memory.
  • By the illustrator of ''Ravita and the Land of Unknown Shadows'' and the author/illustrator of ''Misadventures of a Magician's Son.''
  • Picture book measures 8-3/4'' wide x 11-1/4'' high.

My Take on the Book
This is a beautiful book that has a wonderful message. The images throughout the book jump off the page and draw you into the story, but even more enticing are the words and the message that is shared throughout the book. I loved the fact that the author shares a message that there is beauty all around you and that even throughout someone may think of something of having value, that everything has value. This is a powerful book that not only is enjoyable as a story, but it also educated and helps the reader to learn more about themselves and the world around them. A must read!

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