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Happiness is Easy to Find if You Just Know Where to Look!
Ollie's Treasure is tale of mindfulness for young, developing minds. It's a story about how simply noticing and taking in what is on offer to our senses can lead to the Holy Grail of treasure - happiness. Ollie's Treasure takes children on a treasure hunt. Ollie's grandma sends him a treasure map that promises to lead him to 'something that will make him happy always'. Of course, Ollie thinks this 'something' will be a toy of some sort, but he gets both a rude shock and a big surprise when his treasure turns out to be him! By following his grandmother's treasure map, he is taken on a journey of his senses, encouraged to notice what he can see, hear, touch, smell and taste. It comes as quite a surprise to him to realise that noticing such things makes him feel happy, and that the key to happiness can be found in his own mind not in material possessions.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
"Jenkins reminds us how the little things in life become commonplace, losing their uniqueness, but should be experienced as treasures themselves. Through Lonergan's animated watercolor and ink illustrations, readers will enjoy the "cheeky rat" Ollie as he hops, jumps, and spins his way across the pages filled with beehive-shaped houses and colorful gardens using each of his senses ... A wonderful exercise in finding that happiness isn't that far away, and is perfect to use in the classroom." * Linda's Little Lit Reviews * "A gorgeous testimony to the art and importance of mindfulness, Ollie's Treasure reinforces the value of appreciating the simple enduring things in life, like a grandmother's love, over mere materialistic possessions. Dreamy illustrations and gentle prose make this a story to share." * Boomerang Books * "as part of a programme for young children's mental health and well-being, it offers a good starting point for reflection and discussion." * Red Reading Hub * Ollie's Treasure by Lynn Jenkins & Kirrili Lonergan (EK Books). Happiness is easy to find and we are all treasures in our own way. A touching and heartwarming story that ends in a big hug. Lovely for grandparents to share with their grandchildren - all treasures. * Pinerolo * A story that points to the value of mindfulness for our children in a world of hustle and bustle and gadgets * Literacy, Families and Learning * "A tale of mindfulness for young developing minds" * Kids on The Coast * "This picture book sends a very important message to children in an uncomplicated way about encouraging mindfulness and living 'in the now.' It is a lovely story that I am sure young readers would enjoy!" * In The Good Books * "fun-filled picture book about mindfulness' * The Weekly Times * "An interesting story to teach young children how to find happiness in things other than toys. A good book with a simple but important story for all young children. Do get it!" * SchoolDays *