Ransom, Candice and Illustrated by Ross, Heather Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World 160 pgs. Hyperion Book CH, 2012 . $11.47. (Rating: G)
When 8 year old Iva finds an old map of sorts she is convinced it will lead to treasure. But her cousin Heaven keeps fouling up her plans. And so does summer church camp. Iva really wants to be an explorer and adventurer and this treasure hunt is teaching her that even the best treasure hunter needs a friend every now and then.
Spoiler Alert: She finds out that friendship is the treasure. After the whole book, the treasure is friendship (can you tell I am upset). Wholesome and sweet, this book will be sure to disappoint students who read the entire way through to discover the treasure is friendship (UGH!). Adults just eat up stuff these idealized childhood lessons, but seriously, treasure, kids want REAL treasure! (See my review of Walls within Walls!)
ELEMENTARY – OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate & Author.