Friday, October 20, 2017

The Book of Gold by Bob Staake

Schwartz & Wade
ISBN: 978-0-553-51077-5
Ages 4-8 years
My thoughts:  I was sent an unbound galley copy  of this interesting children's picture book designed to tell the story of a young boy who is desirous to discover the path to riches. And he learns through various means that there is a book of gold somewhere. Hence he pursues that book by reading all he could get hold of.

He learns a valuable lesson in that the book or books don't turn to gold, but they enable him to have the knowledge he needs to succeed in life and that is worth more than gold.

The illustrations are interesting and really capture the essence of the story and the young boy's path to learning. The pictures utilizing a lot of browns and black with tans and golds with a sprinkling of primary colors are interesting and perhaps digitally created. They are fun to look at. There is a lot of story text for a picture book, but this makes for a good read for the child who listens well or who is an avid reader. The story emphasizes the value of books and education.

About the book: Acclaimed illustrator Bob Staake brings us an emotionally rich picture book about a character who discovers that the search for knowledge is more important than knowledge itself in THE BOOK OF GOLD.

Young Isaac Gutenberg isn't a curious boy . . . that is, until he meets an old shopkeeper who tells him about The Book of Gold, a special book, hidden somewhere in the world, that turns to solid gold when opened. Isaac is determined to find the book—it will make him rich! He opens many books in his search, and quickly closes them when they don't turn to gold. But when a glance at a page makes a question pop into his mind, everything changes, and he begins reading every word. This sweeping picture book asks important questions: Is searching for knowledge better than having it? How important is curiosity? And what makes a life meaningful?

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary unbound galley copy from the publisher to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and freely given.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for linking up at Booknificent Thursday on this week! I tweeted your post!


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