Benjamin's Treasure

Tips for "Benjamin's Treasure"

As You Read:

What is meant to be a peaceful day fishing turns into an adventure for Benjamin Pink when he gets caught in a stork, finds a buried treasure and has to find his way back home. As you go through the story, encourage your child to pay close attention to the beautiful illustrations. Author and illustrator Garth Williams intended the book to have a vintage, warm feeling so let your child explore the images and extract things that may not necessarily be described in the text.


Extending the Story:

Who doesn't love buried treasure?! This is a great opportunity to set up a treasure hunt in your home or in your backyard. Fill a shoe box or some other container with things your child treasures and hide it somewhere out of sight. Be sure not to make it too hard to find! You can then create a treasure map to lead your little one right to the loot or you can create a yarn obstacle course that leads to the treasure.

Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...