Down East 2013 ©
The Dump Man's Treasures
Named one of Smithsonian magazine’s Notable Books for Children 2008
Winner of a 2009 Independent Publisher’s Bronze Award
One town’s trash becomes the dump man’s treasure in this inspiring tale. Mr. Pottle, who oversees the town dump, can’t bear to see books thrown out and destroyed, so he rescues and recycles them for the community to enjoy. When one day he is injured in a fall, that community rallies to rescue Mr. Pottle. When they deliver books to him to speed his recovery, they discover he cannot read. That’s when the town comes together to help Mr. Pottle fully enjoy his treasures. An enjoyable picture book in its own right, The Dump Man’s Treasures also delivers a message about the importance and love of books and reading.
"A children’s picture book with a strong positive message about literacy.... A wonderful story about the joy of learning to read, featuring heartwarming and colorful artwork." —The Midwest Book Review
"A book for our times, a book to love if you are an environmentalist concerned about waste, a librarian who loves books more than anything else, or a teacher who values the ability to read as a person’s most essential skill.... Illustrated in Owens’s characteristic cozy and appealing watercolor illustrations, this book is a celebration of recycling, books, reading, and community, and one you will not want to miss." —Toni Buzzeo, children’s book author and library media specialist
"This is an outstanding tale about a man who loves books and about the kindness of children to be understanding and helpful." --Kennebec Journal