Pocket Can Have a Treasure in It, A Share this with a friend

by Kathy Stinson
illustrated by Deirdre Betteridge

National Parents Publications Award First and Best List, Toronto Public Library Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award finalist Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award finalist

Celebrated children’s writer Kathy Stinson explores “what’s-in-what” concepts for young children. With a chorus of questions that encourage interaction, children will delight in playing with the language of spatial relationships, from a pocket holding treasure to a spoon with a face reflected in it.

For one little girl, a day on the farm is full of familiar sights that lead to the unexpected. The barn has a horse in it … just like a house can have a “me” in it. A sock can’t have a head it in, but it can have a toe in it. A pond can even have a splash in it. Best of all, when Mommy comes home, she has a blanket that has a wiggle in it–a brand new baby.

Joining charming pictures and a satisfying story with language-learning ideas, A Pocket Can Have a Treasure in It will hold the attention of parents and children alike.


“The story’s lovely conceit works perfectly . . . This one has the feel of a classic.”
—Quill & Quire, starred review, 05/08

“Will surely be appreciated by anyone reading . . . aloud to a pre-school classroom or (to) new readers.”
—CM Reviews, 05/08

“What a wonderful book to read aloud to young children! Stinson has created another gem.”
—Canadian Bookseller Magazine, 06/08

“A lovely circular tale . . . [that] nicely reflects the stream of consciousness, the assertions and questions of the very young . . . Frothy, ming watercolours keep time with the story.”
—The Globe and Mail, 05/31/08

“A terrific read-aloud choice for story time.”
—Resource Links, 06/08

“The story is satisfyingly circular. [The] soft and sweet illustrations tell a story of their own. The conclusion is clear: your shelves should have this book on it!”
—Foreword Magazine, 04/08

“A fun, touching and engaging story . . . a wonderful read-aloud book.”
—Canadian Children's Book News, 09/08

“This is a charming concept book that also serves as a story for young children experiencing a new sibling.”
—School Library Journal, 09/08

“A likely bedtime book . . . sure to prompt kids to play the same game in their own homes.”
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, 09/08