TOSHI'S LITTLE TREASURES
Le grand livre des petits trésors - Nadine Robert & Aki - 24 x 32 cm - 34 pages - January 2015
In this appealing search-and-find informational picture book, readers join a little boy named Toshi as he and his grandmother explore six of their favorite places - the riverbank, the town, the forest, the country, the park and the beach. At each location, Toshi finds treasures to add to his collection, from a dragonfly wing to a glittery rock to a guitar pick. Best of all, his grandmother always knows what everything is! Each scene is featured in a full-spread illustration, with lots of potential treasures labeled. Following that is an activity in which readers help Toshi identify his found treasures from each place by matching them to related items (for example, pink peony petals matching the peony plant, and a coin matching the coin purse).
Nadine Robert is a Canadian author and editor. She started her career designing video games before becoming a scriptwriter for animated films. She went on to set up the publishing houses Comme des géants and Le Lièvre de Mars. Illustrated books have always held a special place in her heart. She holds degrees in education and literature and has translated several children’s books. She lives in Montreal’s South Shore with her family.
Aki, whose real name is Delphine Mach, has been an author and illustrator since 2008. After studying graphic design at the Duperré School in Paris, she worked as a freelancer and published in the press. She created two series, Pan & Chat and Trois grains de riz, both released by Gallimard jeunesse (Giboulées). Her works were also released by Belin, Casterman, Le Seuil, Actes Sud and Comme des géants (Le grand livre des petits trésors, 2015, and Le quotidien extraordinaire, 2017), among others.
“Thanks to Nadine Robert’s refined text and Aki’s simple and genuine illustrations, feelings of wonder, tenderness, and calm emanate from the book.”
– Mireille Messier – Campagne pour la lecture
“This book celebrates the complicity between a little boy and his grandmother who helps him in his inquiries; as well as their shared curiosity and sense of observation. A success!”
– BnF/Centre national de la littérature pour la jeunesse
“Aki’s graphic universe is deeply poetic and easily accessible. She maintains a delicate balance between abundance of detail and economy of means. The reader learns how to enrich his personal world by taking the (precious) time to contemplate.”
– Gwendal Oulés – Librairie Récréalivres
Finalist: Le Prix Jeunesse des libraires du Québec 2015
Winner: 2016 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Winner: 2016 - CCBC Choices List, Cooperative Children's Book Center