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Treasure in an Oatmeal Box: The Story of a Special Boy and the People Who Loved Him

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Here's a story about a girl with a special-needs brother who unexpectedly dies in an accident. This tender tale by award-winning author, Ken Gire, reminds kids that all life is a gift from God, and that we should be kind and compassionate to those who are somehow different from us. ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Faith Kidz (first published 1990)
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Kimberly
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was one of the first books that I read as a child, and I remember that it had a profound impact on me. It was full of heartbreak and sadness, but also some very precious messages about life in general and how we should be treating one another.

The story also hit home for me as I have a twin brother, and just thinking about the story from that perspective, as this could happen to anyone, just really was a lightbulb moment for me growing up. I really loved this one, and am happy that there are
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Monica
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
The author of our Dec/20 book club book attended our Zoom meeting (thank you Suzy Krause). One of the questions she was asked was "what is the first book that made you cry?". She said Treasure in an Oatmeal Box so I added it to my TBR list. I finished this book in one sitting.

Predominantly a children's book (although there are lessons for all age groups), this book was a quick, easy read - although the subject matter pulls on the heart strings. And, like Suzy, it made me cry.
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Nicole
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this book to my third grader during the corona virus lockdown. He cried. Okay, so did I. A sad, sweet story that's a bit choppy but gets the message across all the same: people are beautiful, period. ...more
Amber
I cried. And I don't cry reading books often, not to mention this was read in 4th grade.

I remember my class sitting in the library, listening intently as the our librarian was reading out of her chosen book like she did weekly. We had been trying to get through the story for three weeks and all of us were into it.

When our librarian read that the boy had died she paused to see our reactions. Our class, who usually interrupted to comment on everything sat there in stunned silence. I remember a k
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Jules
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All time favorite book! Whenever I am asked for a book recommendation this is always my go to. I have read it to 5th graders for 20+ years, and it's the book they most remember and continue to discuss years later. It's a story about patience, kindness, and love. Kevin, a special needs twin, reminds readers that all life is precious and to be valued. We have much to learn from one another when we are led by compassion and inclusion for all people. Ken Gire uses the Kevins of the world to show tha ...more
Nadia
Nov 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone over 6
I think that this book is a beautiful story about twins who go to a new school and the boy has a disability. He finds a puppy who I think reminds me of my beautiful but old black lab, who is a homeless puppy who is starving to death. He takes the puppy home and cares for it even while dealing with bullying at school and a sister who gets embarrassed by him. This book is an amazing example of perseverance and love of a boy and his best friend. Even though it is an easy book to read it is a very t ...more
Sheila Barnes
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Precious story about ten year old twins, Kevin, who is mentally handicapped, and Kim, who is struggling to deal with being 'the normal one". Kevin is precious. He is so genuine, sincere, and positive that he touches everyone around him. This book has a tear jerker ending at Christmas time. Kevin was the real treasure because he enriched the lives of everyone. We can all learn a lesson from Kevin, look for the good in people and that is what we will find. ...more
Emily Seaman
One of my favorite books of all time...a kids book that is out of print now. :( It's about a girl and her handicapped brother and the challenges both of them face while growing up. Heartwrenching and I LOVE it. ...more
Christian
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-alouds
Jill read this to us while camping on South Manitou Island!
Susanna
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the very first book I ever cried to.
Leia-Catherine
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-alouds
Jill read this to us while camping on South Manitou Island!
Sophia
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
amazing story
Nikki
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such a sad beautiful book that I read as a child. I have picked it up more than a few times since and it still always make me cry, big embarrassing sobbing type crying.
Caitlyn
Jan 31, 2010 marked it as to-read
My best friend said it was really good and since she hardly ever reads anything, that means I gotta read it. She said it was really sad. :-(
Jenna
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was so sad. But really good. for Jane, John, Christian, and Leia, "it was wet wiwy wiwy wet." i know it is REALLY not WIWY but it is a joke. ...more
Mick
This was one I read and re-read as a kid. I went back to it as an adult... looking back, I didn’t remember that it was a religious book. And it was super problematic disability wise, but, it was written in 1990 (before the ADA even!) so that’s mostly a product of the time. I apparently really loved sad books as a kid, too.
Through the wardrobe
Jan 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
INCREDIBLE
Becky Gabany
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I cried. This is a book I read when I was much younger and, considering my brother has Down syndrome, this hit especially close to home. I believe this was the first book that I ever had that sort of emotion over.
Jt
Feb 19, 2016 added it
Shelves: a-must-read
Wow. It took me thirty minutes to read the last three pages. And as I am, I hear sniffles around the room with me. This book really touched my heart about just how great every moment is with my kiddos.
Laina Wilson
Feb 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Jacquie
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
An older style jr. fiction recommended by a fellow library tech.
Mandy Barton
i want to finish it
Charlotte Davies
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I cry everytime I read this book. It's so lovely, and full of compassion. Fantastic book. ...more
Deana
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book, good read.
Chris Griesemer
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book as a kid and I think I cried for about a week.
Amanda
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that made me sob.
Deb
Dec 26, 2015 marked it as to-read
Kyra rec
Josette
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile-youth
so sweet! A tearjerker!
Lilly
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What? That's all I have to say is what? ...more
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Ken Gire is the author of more than 20 books, including "The Divine Embrace," "Windows of the Soul," "The Work of His Hands," the Moments with the Savior series, and the Reflective Life series. He has also co-authored "The Birthright" with John Sheasby. Two of his books have been awarded a Gold Medallion. A full-time writer and speaker, Ken is the founder of Reflective Living, a nonprofit ministry ...more

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