Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 1, 2022

Book GIVEAWAY: THE TRESAURE HUNT by Stephanie Wildman

Stephanie Wildman has written a new picture book, THE TRESAURE HUNT, illustrated by Estefania Razo and published by Lawley Publishing today. Stepanie has agreed to send a copy to the one lucky winner in the US.

Just leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Let me know other things you did to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Stephanie and Estefania.

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

In this light-hearted story, twins Flor and Roberto scamper through their house, hunting for treasures hidden by big brother, Luis. Can these everyday objects really be treasures that offer more fun than video games or TV? Join Flor and Roberto on their search and discover what fun Luis creates with a gigantic cardboard box. Bonus content provides direction for creating your own at-home fun!

BOOK JOURNEY:

Thank you, Kathy, for inviting me to share my journey with Treasure Hunt with your readers.

Treasure Hunt did not start out as a picture book. I entered an early version of the story to a “green” writing contest that asked for ecology-themed stories about saving the environment. In my submission, a grandmother saved a cardboard box for a grandson to play with. The story didn’t win the contest, but the idea stayed with me.

During the lockdown stage of the pandemic, I made toilet-paper roll puppets with my grandchildren, using a box for a puppet theater. I rewrote the contest submission with a picture book in mind about a hunt for objects that many would think of as discards, still about a grandmother and grandson.

My wonderful teacher, mentor, and friend Maxine Rose Schur read this version of the story and said, “Whenever you can take an adult out of a picture book, you should.” I thought about her advice. My first book, Brave in the Water, features a grandmother and grandson, but the story really is about their relationship and the help they give to each other in facing their fears. For this story, Treasure Hunt really wasn’t about the relationships, but rather the fun of the hunt and the usefulness of objects others might see as trash. So I imagined an older sibling and realized that twins would be fun to enliven the story.

Besides Maxine, my wonderful critique partner Jessica Hope Callaghan and writing partner Adam Ryan Chang gave me helpful feedback before I submitted the story to Lawley Publishing, who had published Brave in the Water. I included backmatter about how to craft your own puppets.

I have loved working with Carrie Turley and Lara Law, the Lawley founders, because of the attention they give to each author. At the first meeting for both of my stories, they asked how I envisioned the book. They know I am partial to children’s stories with people rather than animals as characters. They also share my concern about diverse representation in children’s books. Treasure Hunt is not a story about race, and the characters could be any race. But, as readers here likely know, children of color are underrepresented in picture books.

Lawley found Estefanía Razo, an artist based in Guadalajara, Mexico, to illustrate the book. At our initial meeting about our vision for the book, I re-expressed my interest in diverse representation. Estefanía told a story right out of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, about a young relative of hers who, although she had dark hair and eyes, wanted to be blond with blue eyes. Estefanía shared this story to voice her agreement that representation does matter for everyone. Estefanía’s art truly brings the characters, Luis, Roberto, and Flor, to life, embodying all their playfulness and enthusiasm.

In addition to the English language edition, coming out November 1, the Spanish language version, squeda del Tesoro, will be available in March 2023, translated by Cecilia Pópulus-Eudave. Cecilia and I had fun trying to figure out the best translation for “Jinx!” – the game the twins play. Estefania weighed in too, and we used “¡Congelados!” Educational resource materials and coloring pages are available from Lawley and also appear on my website.

I am fortunate to have an endorsement for the back cover from retired U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer who wrote: “Protecting the environment has always been a priority for me so this wonderful story is very special. It shows how children can enjoy doing something to actually make a difference!” And I am also fortunate to have the continued support of my wonderful debut group New Books for Kids (@NewBooksforKids).

Thank you, Kathy, for inviting me to share my journey with Treasure Hunt with your readers.

STEPHANIE’S BIO:

Stephanie M. Wildman, author of Brave in the Water and Treasure Hunt, became a Professor Emerita after serving as the John A. and Elizabeth H. Sutro Chair at Santa Clara Law. She directed the school’s Center for Social Justice and Public Service. In 2007, the Society of American Law Teachers, the largest national organization of law school faculty, honored her with their Great Teacher Award.

Her most recent books include Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America 3d (with Richard Delgado, Angela A. Harris, Juan F. Perea, and Jean Stefancic) (2015); Social Justice: Professionals, Communities and Law (with Martha R. Mahoney and John O. Calmore) (2013) and Women and the Law: Stories (with Elizabeth Schneider) (2011).

Her book Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America, (with contributions by Margalynne Armstrong, Adrienne D. Davis, & Trina Grillo) won the 1997 Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Meyers Center for Human Rights. NYU Press published a revised edition with new material in 2021.

She has authored dozens of law review articles and journalistic pieces. She is a grandmother, mother, spouse, friend, good listener, and she is able to sit “criss-cross apple sauce,” thanks to her yoga practice.

For more, see Stephanie’s page at Santa Clara Law.

ESTEFANIA’S BIO: 

I’m a graphic designer and illustrator, passionate on animation, sculpture, photo illustration and art in general. Among my previous projects you can find character designs, book illustration, corporate identities, branding, design stationery, and logos.

Stephanie, thank you for sharing you book and journey with us. This is a cute idea for a book. I hope parents and big brothers will be inspired take a page from your book and look for inexpensive ways to entertain the kids in their house. Your book reminds me how we can look for creative ways keep our children’s minds occupied and have fun. Estefania’s did a good job helping to tell the story. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Looks like a very cute book. Good advice about getting the adults out of the story.

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  2. Very cute! Treasure hunts are favorites! Congrats!

    I follow by email. 🙂

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  3. Congratulations on another book, Stephanie! I love the message of inspiring creativity to entertain children.

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  4. That’s great you could *reuse* and *recycle* your contest idea into this book!!

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  5. I love your story about ‘treasures’, kids really enjoy finding things and making them into something else!

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