Monday, March 4, 2019

Chicago Treasure by Larry Broutman, Rich Green, and John Rabias

I fell in love with this next book, Chicago Treasure by Larry Broutman, Rich Green, and John Rabias. It is a collection of fairy tales, but with real children placed into the artwork, many of them students at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Disabled’s preschool.  In this inclusive and empowering book, every child, regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, or age is free to see themselves take on great roles in literature and art.  Accompanying the memorable images are clever original poems and playful newspaper articles that tell fresh, condensed versions of classic stories.

*All author proceeds go to the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Access Living Chicago.

The book is separated into three sections. In the first section, Just Imagine, starry-eyed
youngsters become the heroes of their favorite fairy tales, folk tales, and nursery rhymes.
In the second section, Now Showing, photographs of contemporary kids are digitally placed in paintings by Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, Paul Gustave Fischer, Jean Beraud, Gustave Caillebotte, and others.
In the final section, Sightings, courageous youth, often accompanied by exotic animal sidekicks,
explore cultural landmarks in bold ways that may not be possible in the boring confines of reality.

The pictures are bold and breathtaking and the images of real children with joy on their faces makes you smile. This is a feel good book that belongs on your shelf. 5 stars!

Buy it Now-
Everything Goes Media
The publisher is offering readers a discount. Use coupon code CTBLOG15 for a 15% discount on your entire order from Everything Goes.

and at Chicagoland book stores and gift shops


  1. Hi Dorine. This really sounds fun and unique. Taking the old and making it new. Thanks for telling us about it.

  2. We all could use a feel good book and this one certainly does the job well. I'll be looking for a copy. Thanks for your review.

  3. I love your choice -- right up my alley. Will be looking for this book! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Dorine, Thank you so much for this wonderful review of Chicago Treasure. I worked on all of the illustrations in the book and it was such an honor to be a part of this project which helps to celebrate all children and spread the message of access and inclusion for all! I know I also speak for Larry and John when I say we really appreciate your kind words about the book! Sincerely, Rich Green

  5. What a joy to read your warm words about this great project! It was a delight to work with the amazing team (not only talented but sweet) on book design, editing, and production. My sister is spreading the news in LA, where she taught kids for many years. Carol Haralson

  6. This sounds wonderful. Thanks for the review. I will check it out.