When my sister and I were kids, we spent a number of sunny afternoons building outdoor rooms from twigs, rocks, and string in the forest. We imagined the spaces we had marked off were our neighboring homes. Sometimes, we sat on the backs of fallen trees, pretending to be sea captains of an imaginary sailing vessel. Once in a while, with fingers and twigs, we dug in the earth, hoping to find a small treasure.
In today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday review, two boys do more than dig a little hole in their search for buried treasure…
Title – Sam & Dave Dig A Hole – view on Amazon HERE.
Written by – Mac Barnett
Illustrated by – Jon Klassen
Published by – Candlewick Press – 2014
Suitable for ages – 3-7
Topics/Theme – Searching for treasure, determination, acceptance
On Monday Sam and Dave dug a hole.
“When should we stop digging?” asked Sam.
“We are on a mission,” said Dave. “We won’t stop digging until we find something spectacular.”
Why do I like this book? This is one of those amazing stories in which the marriage between text and illustration become pure magic! Page after page, we wait for Sam and Dave to find the treasure they so desperately seek. And through the illustrations, we stay one agonizing step ahead of the determined treasure-seekers, stressing beyond belief! I’m not going to spoil the imaginative fun this story provides. I’ll only say that this book is a treasure worth seeking.
Learn more about Mac Barnett HERE.
Learn more about Jon Klassen HERE.
JUST FOR FUN! Hide tiny treasures and trinkets in a large, sand-filled, storage container in your backyard. Next, make a treasure map that leads kids to the treasure. Give them small plastic shovels and let them pretend to be Sam and/or Dave from today’s picture book story.
Until next Friday!