The Treasure Tree

One of my absolute favorite books (and the kids’ favorite) was a gift from a dear friend of ours, The Treasure Tree. The Treasure Tree is all about understanding who God created you to be and how your uniqueness is important.

About the Book

There are 4 friends in the book, 1 representing a different personality. These friends go on an adventure together throughout the book, they learn that it takes all of them, each different, to accomplish their goals.

I believe that our personalities are tendencies that God has created us with, then with experience and nurturing different tendencies may come out in our lives as we grow, learn, and change. It is fun to see what the personalities each of my children have a tendency towards. Understanding who God created them to be also helps me lead and teach them and give them grace.

You can read more in-depth about the 4 animal personalities on the Smalley Personality Inventory. You can also take a free online test on the Smalley Institute Website.


This book is a great introduction to helping your child understand their personality tendencies. You can talk about the strengths and weaknesses of each character. Ask them which character they like best, which one they relate to or think they are most like and why. Talk about their siblings or yourself, ask them who they think you are most like. This discussion can be a great starting point for learning that God made everyone different and discussing how we can all work together towards God’s goal to accomplish something great.