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Benjamin's Treasure

Garth Williams

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Benjamin Pink lived with his wife, Emily, in a little white house on Clover Hill. One bright sky-blue morning Benjamin looked at the smooth green sea and said, "A perfect day for fishing!" But the only thing Benjamin catches this day is a rainstorm that strands him on a deserted island with a chest full of treasure. What's a rabbit to do when he has no way of getting back home? Well, if you're Benjamin Pink, you're sure to think of something!

Rosemary Wells has adapted an episode from the 1951 novel The Adventures of Benjamin Pink and lovingly added color to the original black-and-white illustrations for a glorious picture-book version of this beloved Garth Williams classic.

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One beautiful morning, Benjamin Pink packs a basket full of lettuce and radish sandwiches, waves good-bye to his wife, Emily, and sets off for a day of fishing. Unfortunately, not only are the fish not biting, but this happy rabbit is about to encounter a major storm. Washed ashore on a desert island, Ben starts making a shelter while awaiting rescue. To his great surprise, he discovers buried treasure, and now, in addition to getting himself home, he needs to find a way to transport the treasure chest. With high hopes of becoming the hero of his hometown ("presents for everyone on Clover Hill... free lettuce for the needy"), Ben disregards the advice of a turtle he meets to ditch the treasure ("You will worry about it day and night. Your friends will become jealous and you will suspect everyone"). But can he have his bejeweled cake and eat it too?

Adapted from Garth Williams's 1951 novel, The Adventures of Benjamin Pink, this delightful picture book was a labor of love for illustrator Rosemary Wells (of Max board books fame), who also added color to the original black-and-white illustrations. She carefully colored each drawing using the exact paints available to Williams in the '50s, in a palette chosen from his color work in other books. A splendid way to revive a classic! (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Garth Williams began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then he traveled to the sites of all the little houses. His charming art caused Laura to remark that she and her family "live again in these illustrations."



E. B. White was born in Mount Vernon, NY, and graduated from Cornell University. He was awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 1970 for his work. He is also the author of The Trumpet of the Swan, an ALA Notable Children's Book. Mr. White, who authored over seventeen books of prose and poetry, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1973.

Garth Williams illustrated many of the finest books for children, including Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Rosemary Wells has written and illustrated over eighty books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Max series, Through the Hidden Door, and Shy Charles. Ms. Wells lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY.

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