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Volume VIII Number 10 . . . . January 18, 2002
Young fans of the delightful Elliot Moose will enjoy this book, the fifth in a series. When Elliot finds a map with an "X" on it, he mistakenly believes that the symbol must stand for treasure. So, he finds the spot and starts to dig a hole. Soon some of his friends come along to help. As the hole gets deeper, the group finds a variety of objects, but, alas, no treasure. Later, Elliot and his friends realize that the map actually shows the spot where their other pal, Lionel, intends to plant a tree. They also realize that they are stuck in the deep hole they've dug. Putting their problem-solving skills to good use, they soon find a way out and visit Lionel, showing him the "treasures" they have unearthed - a sparkly rock, an ancient coin, a rare tin whistle and a toy truck - one for each of the treasure-hunters.
Several themes - friendship, cooperation, sharing and problem-solving - are subtly woven through the book. The text is simple and infused with touches of humour. Beck's bright and colourful trademark illustrations of Elliot and his buddies are absolutely adorable and are sure to appeal to youngsters.
Gail Hamilton is a teacher-librarian at Bird's Hill School in East St. Paul, MB.
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