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). Answers at the back of the book reveal interesting facts about them all, adding context. The animals that Toshi and his grandmother encounter are also shown at the back of the book. Using an innovative technique that mixes fiction and nonfiction, this book is the perfect resource for life science lessons on habitats and the environment. It encourages observation skills, curiosity and critical thinking --- building blocks for studying science. This book would be a terrific inspiration for a trip around the neighborhood in which children can find, identify and draw treasures of their own. It could also be used as a starting point for storytelling, in which children imagine the story of a treasure --- Toshi's or their own --- before it was found.
... a treasure in light of the enjoyment it will provide for older readers and young listeners.
... it's a book that almost begs to be bought alongside a backpack and notebook for readers' future collecting excursions.
Aki's illustrations have the appearance of swift ink-and-watercolor sketches.
The book provides younger readers with a great introduction to scientific exploration and curiosity, and will likely inspire them to go on a treasure hunt in their own environment ...
—Canadian Children's Book News
The fun is in the finding, and there is oh so much to discover here!
The stop, look, and identify character of the book echoes the leisurely, exploratory nature of the duo's walks and engenders repeat visits.
—School Library Journal