My First Treasure Trove of Literature

Literature & Reading Comprehension


Literature, Grade 3

Lead your student to understand and love literature with this hands-on, Catholic program! The easy-to-use program guides the student through Pinocchio, The Whipping Boy, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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An Easy-to-Use Literature Program with Hands-On Activities

My First Treasure Trove of Literature introduces students to the rewarding study of literature. This inviting, approachable guide will develop a child’s reading and critical thinking skills, challenge him to think more deeply about virtuous character qualities, and build the foundation for a fruitful, lifelong relationship with good literature. The student will explore three delightful children’s classics:

My First Treasure Trove of Literature includes:

  • Vocabulary
  • Reading comprehension questions
  • Literary elements (character and plot)
  • Literary devices (simile, allusion, onomatopoeia)
  • Weekly questions for individual or group discussion
  • Studies of virtuous character qualities and saintly role models
  • Weekly games, projects, and hands-on activities
  • A final project for each book

Designed for independent study—no prior literary knowledge needed from the parent! To encourage independent study, all instructions are directed to the student.

Removable parent resources include:

  • complete answer key
  • detailed guide to discussion questions

Recommended for students in third grade, or for any student who is reading fluently. The program is designed to be completed in conjunction with How to Dress a Duck and Other Stories from Science, which provides essential non-fiction reading comprehension practice. A daily schedule for My First Treasure Trove and How to Dress a Duck is available in CHC Lesson Plans for Third Grade.

My First Treasure Trove of Literature includes detailed studies of the following three books:

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, translated by Sidney G. Firman—30 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780486838052
This age-appropriate translation of the story of Pinocchio combines exciting adventures with moral lessons. The Sidney Firman translation is required.
Genre: Fantasy, Fable
Main Literary Devices: Fiction, Fantasy, Plot, Character, Moral of the Story

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman—30 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780060521226
A thrilling historical fiction story about Prince Brat, his whipping boy Jemmy, and the friendship that develops between them.
Genre: Adventure, Historical Fiction
Main Literary Devices: Predictions, Making Inferences, Similes, Sequencing

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming—39 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780763666668
What happens when your car can transform itself into an airplane and a hovercraft? Adventures! Very different from the movie version, this unusual tale features two intelligent children having adventures with their father and mother—and the family car!
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Main Literary Devices: Allusion, Onomatopoeia, Cliffhanger, Details, Plot

Product Code: MFTTL
Format: Softcover
Binding: Spiral binding
Page Count: 239 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
ISBN: 9781946207579
Returnable? Yes, view return policy.
Consumable? Yes, purchase one per student.
Answer key: A removable answer key is included in the back of the book.

Esther Moon, Ph.D., was homeschooled and could usually be found reading a book when she wasn’t building tree forts. On some of her adventures, she explored ancient Egyptian tombs; earned a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; taught Shakespeare in Italy; and completed a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Dallas in 2022.

RoseMary C. Johnson, Ph.D., was homeschooled with CHC materials from preschool through high school. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a concentration in Greek. She completed a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Dallas. RoseMary is the now the General Editor of CHC’s publications, including The Treasure Trove of Literature and Ever Ancient, Ever New: Art History, Appreciation, Theory, and Practice.

Q: Do you offer a single-subject lesson plan for My First Treasure Trove of Literature?

A: Currently, there is no single-subject lesson plan available for My First Treasure Trove of Literature because it is fairly simple to schedule on your own. There is a suggested schedule in the introduction, and it is easy to divide up the lessons into one lesson per day. 

Q: Is it all right to use different editions of the literature books?

A: My First Treasure Trove of Literature assigns the reading by chapter, so it’s fine to use a different edition as long as it is unabridged and uses the same translation (i.e., the Sidney Firman translation for Pinocchio). 

My children love The Treasure Trove of Literature series! My younger boys were begging to use My First Treasure Trove of Literature this year. They loved the literature selections and know how much their older siblings love this series.

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