Pablo Finds a Treasure Share this with a friend

by Andrée Poulin
illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

Best Books for Kids & Teens 2017, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Skipping Stones Honor Book Silver Birch Express Award nomination, Ontario Library Association

A captivating story that shows the resourcefulness of poverty-stricken children around the world.

In some unnamed town in Latin America, Pablo and his sister spend every day at “Treasure Mountain,” the local dump. There, they rummage through the mounds of garbage looking for items that their mother can sell in order to provide food for the family. Occasionally, they find a “real” treasure like some still-edible food or a picture book which Pablo delights in, even though he can’t read.

The work is exhausting, and sometimes not very lucrative, but the worst thing they have to contend with is Filthy-Face, a brutish bully who steals the finds of all the children. But one day, Pablo discovers a real treasure: a gold chain. Will he be able to keep it from falling into the hands of Filthy-Face? Simply written with highly expressive illustrations, this book brings home the reality of child poverty around the world.


“Poulin’s poignant text and Malefant’s evocative illustrations provide children with an eye opening glimpse into a poverty-stricken environment not often seen in picture books . . . A unique and fascinating story.”
—Booklist, *starred review, 07/01/16

“A truly honest and revealing look at children living in poverty; one that all school-age children will want to read and talk about.”
—School Library Journal, *starred review, 10/16

“This book acknowledges the resiliency, courage and strength of the human spirit, no matter how dire the situation.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, Fall/16

“A wonderful book that will certainly spark discussions.”
—Resource Links, Winter/16

“Ideal for discussions.”
—Books for the Curious Child, 01/08/17

“A good story to introduce children to the theme of child labour in developing countries.”
—CM Reviews, 01/27/17

“Critical in expanding global perceptions of adults and children living in developed and affluent nations so that they are exposed to the reality of a great number of people . . . who live in . . . poverty.”
—World of Words, University of Arizona, 06/20/17

“This story provides hope.”
—Worlds of Words, 08/15/18