Toshi's Little Treasures

by Nadine Robert and Aki

A picture-book homage to the love of collecting is full of small treasures and small... read more

A picture-book homage to the love of collecting is full of small treasures and small pleasures. Whenever Toshi and his grandma take a walk, Toshi collects things that interest him (e.g., a marble, a magnolia blossom, an acorn, a guitar pick, the tab from a soda can, a cricket casing). Expansive double-page spreads show each place they visit (river, town, forest, country, park, beach), with the many objects Toshi will eventually pick up scattered and labeled throughout the scene. Alternating spreads feature two single pages, one showing everything Toshi collected, the other showing objects that relate to the items (e.g., a pink magnolia tree, a guitar, a soda can), inviting readers to find the match for each of Toshi’s treasures (answers, if needed, are in the back). There’s so much to pour over, notice, and love in this picture book, including the relationship between Toshi and his grandma. A delicate touch and skillful use of white space make illustrations full of colorful objects and detailed scenes feel uncluttered. Toshi and his grandmother are Japanese. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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