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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
“Dowsing doesn’t just mean getting wet. It can also mean finding treasure without any clues.” What if you had a pair of dowsing rods? Something that would find whatever you asked it to find? Like divining rods used by diviners to find underground water? Would you look for gold? Or water? Or something valuable? If you looked for a treasure, what would it be? Carrie answers the door to a delivery man bringing flowers that need to be dowsed in water. Then she remembers one of her grandmother’s boxes left behind when Grandma moved. The box was labeled Dowse. What she found inside were dowsing rods which would take her on a fun journey to search for gold (the rods crossed over her father’s gold ring), water (the rods crossed over some underground pipes that were leaking), and something valuable (the rods cross over the most valuable treasure of all). And there were more treasures to be shared.
Lois Wickstrom’s picture book story, Treasure Hunt: Grandma’s Closet Book 4, is another adventure with simple things one might find in a grandmother’s closet. Tucked away in a box labeled Dowse, Carrie discovered two sticks and instructions on what the sticks could do. The plot develops around Carrie’s adventure with the dowsing sticks and what she discovers is the best, most valuable treasure of all. Beautifully illustrated, this is a sweet, compassionate story that speaks volumes about the value of family and being around those you love. Let the imagination fly as young readers join Carrie on a fun adventure while Carrie allows the dowsing sticks to lead her around her house.