Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Pursuit of Happiness: Magpie's Treasure

When we finished reading this book this afternoon, my eldest daughter asked me if she could become a librarian when she grows up. She said she wants to draw and write books, too.

Magnus Magpie is a scavenger and a thief. Brightly coloured, shiny and glittery objects are particularly fascinating to Magnus and he steals whatever he can and takes it back to his nest in a tree. One evening Magnus is overcome by the stunning sight of the moon. He decides it would make a perfect addition to his collection so he heads off to snatch it. However, Magnus discovers the moon is more gray than golden and more dusty than luminescent. And he is very far from his tree. Soon Magnus is lonesome for his nest. It's then that he realises what he treasures the most: home.

Full of brilliantly coloured collages, Kate Slater's Magpie's Treasure (Andersen Press Ltd, 2010) teaches us a lesson in realising what is truly important in life.

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