Maggie's Treasure

A picture book by Jon-Erik Lappano, illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka.

Jon-Erik Lappano, illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka

When Maggie's treasure collection grows too big to manage, she finds a creative solution.

Maggie finds treasure wherever she goes. Whether it's a button, a feather or a shiny stone, she picks it up and takes it home. At first the neighbours and city workers are grateful to Maggie for cleaning up; the mayor even gives her an award. But over time Maggie's collection grows bigger and bigger, until it spills out of her house and garden in an unsightly mess. Her parents tell her "Enough treasure!" and eventually even Maggie realizes that something must be done. Finally, inspired by a bird outside her window, she finds a way to share her treasure that enchants and transforms the entire neighborhood.

Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka have created a stunning picture book about a child who turns her passion for collecting into a pleasure for her community. (From Groundwood Books)

Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka are an author-illustrator pair from Ontario. Their previous picture book, Tokyo Digs a Garden, won the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustration.

From the book

An interior image from Maggie's Treasure by Jon-Erik Lappano, illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka. (Groundwood Books)
An interior image from Maggie's Treasure by Jon-Erik Lappano, illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka. (Groundwood Books)

Interviews with Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka

Other books by Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka


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