Front cover of the book The Treasure with a man getting a ride on a horse-drawn cart.
The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz is one of the common core mentor texts for grades 2-3.
Book title:The Treasure
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Rating:10 out of 10

Author: Uri Shulevitz
Grade Level: PreK, 1-2
Lexile reading level: 490L (what does this mean?)
Recommended grade: 7
Recommended age range: 3-7
Is this a series? No.

“Sometimes one must travel far to discover what is near.”


This book is a beautifully told folk tale and a Caldecott Honor Book. Although it was first published in 1978, it’s message is as relevant today as at any time in history. The beautiful illustrations will capture the imagination of your child or student.

The book tells the story of a man names Isaac who has a dream, but puts it off. Finally, after the dream is persistent, he sets off on a journey to discover if what he has dreamed is true. His journey is long, and it doesn’t end the way he expected, but in the end, he discovers the necessity of traveling far to discover ‘the treasure’ that was always very near to him.

A 1st grader’s experience of The Treasure

I liked that he found his treasure. I was kind of surprised by where he found his treasure. He was motivated because he had a dream and the dream told him about the treasure. If I had a dream of meeting unicorns, I would go off and try to find a unicorn and tame it and make it my pet. I loved the way the books was illustrated.

Lesson Plans

Much of the story is told in pictures.

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Authors Purpose

Character Motivation

Important Details

Compare and Contrast

Interpreting Illustrations

Creative Thinking

Comprehension Questions

I have included 25 comprehension questions in this worksheet.
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Vocabulary Words

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Read Aloud Video

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