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Top ICSE Treasure Chest Workbooks: Comparison of 4 Publishers

by AlmondBooks Support on Apr 29, 2023

If you are a student or teacher of ICSE Class 9, you know the importance of choosing the right workbook for English literature. The workbook should provide comprehensive coverage of the poem and story, with clear explanations of themes, meanings, and literary devices. It should also have plenty of practice questions, including MCQs and extract-based questions.

In this article, we will compare four popular workbooks for ICSE Class 9 English literature:

  1. Evergreen Treasure Chest (A Collection of ICSE Poems and Short Stories) Workbook VOL-1 & VOL-2 by Evergreen Publication.
  2. Workbook on Treasure Chest (A Collection of ICSE Short Stories & Poems) Part 1 for ICSE Class 9 by Beeta Publication.
  3. Arun Deep's Self-Help to ICSE Treasure Chest (A Collection of ICSE Poems and Short Stories) Class 9 Both Volumes: 2023-24 Edition.
  4. Almond Books ICSE Class 9 Treasure Chest (WORKBOOK with ANSWERS) Poems & Short Stories by Almond Books Publication.

We will highlight the features of each book and recommend the best workbook for you.

A quick comparison is presented below, followed by a detailed analysis. (Please scroll the table toward your right if you are viewing this on your phone. If the table is not visible, please skip to the detail analysis part below the comparison table)

Feature

Evergreen Publication

Beeta Publication

Arundeep Study Guide

Almond Books Publication (Recommended)

Poem & Story Combined

Separate Books

Combined

Combined

Combined

Portion

9th & 10th

9th

9th

9th

Explanations (Poem)

  • About the poet
  • Poem in detail
  • Stanza-wise explanation
  • Theme
  • Glossary
  • Critical appreciation
  • Style
  • Signposts
  • Poem in detail
  • Glossary
  • Themes
  • Style
  • Setting
  • Title
  • Critical remarks
  • Introduction
  • About the Poet
  • Summary
  • Theme
  • Title
  • Setting
  • Style
  • Critical appreciation
  • Word-meanings
  • Paraphrase
  • Illustration
  • About the Poet
  • Summary
  • Themes
  • Line-by-line explanation
  • Word Meanings
  • Literary Devices
Explanations (Short Stories)
  • About the Writer
  • Summary
  • Glossary
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Characters
  • Title
  • Setting
  • Style
  • Critical appreciation
  • Introduction
  • Plot
  • Title
  • Characterisation
  • Themes
  • Setting
  • Style
  • Glossary
  • Introduction
  • About the Writer
  • Summary
  • Theme
  • Characterisation
  • Style
  • Title
  • Setting
  • Glossary
  • About the Writer
  • Summary
  • Themes
  • Plot
  • Setting
  • Characters
  • Title
  • Word Meanings
  • Appreciation
  • Simplified language

MCQs per Poem/Story

8-10 MCQs

10-15 MCQs

15-20 MCQs

35-40 MCQs (Poem), 50-70 MCQs (Story)

Extract-based Questions

5-8 Questions

5-8 Questions

3-5 Questions

10 Questions

Sub-questions per Extract

Only 5

Only 5

5-10

5-12

Interactive Exercises

None

None

None

Crossword Exercises

Answers Given

No

No

Yes (Below each question)

Yes (Answers at the back)

Space for Answers

3 lines

4 lines

None

3-12 lines based on marking scheme

Sample Papers

1 solved, 2 unsolved

2 unsolved

None

2 Fully solved (80 marks)

Print Quality & Font Size

Low

Low

Low

Better Print Quality, Thick page, Large Fonts

Cons
  • Literary devices not provided
  • Answers not provided
  • No enough space to write answers
  • Spelling errors
  • Very few questions
  • Print quality very low
  • Literary devices not provided
  • Line-by-line explanations only in a few places.
    Mostly stanza-based given.
  • Answers not provided
  • No enough space to write answers
  • Very few questions
  • Print quality very low
  • Literary devices not provided
  • Study Guide format with Q&A together.
  • No space to write answers.
  • Answers provided are not thorough and incomplete in many places.
Slightly more expensive

Page Count

158 (Poems) Pages, 184 (Story) Pages

200 Pages

158 (Poems) Pages, 160 (Story) Pages

305 Pages

MRP

Rs. 250 (Poem)
Rs. 290 (Story)

Rs. 295

Rs. 215 (Poem)
Rs. 195 (Story)

Total: Rs. 410

Rs. 500


Below is a comprehensive analysis of the Treasure Chest Workbooks published by Evergreen, Beeta, Arundeep, and Almond Books.

Evergreen Publication

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Evergreen Publication has been a popular choice for ICSE Class 9 English literature for many years. However, the book has some drawbacks, such as spelling errors, limited space for answers, and lack of answers for practice questions. Here are the main features of the book:

  • Separate books for Poems & Short Stories (9th & 10th portion combined)
  • Short Stories: About the author, about the story, summary, glossary, plot, theme, characters, title, setting, style, critical appreciation
  • Poems: About the poet, About the poem, Poem in detail, Line-wise explanation, theme, glossary, critical appreciation, style.
  • Only 8-10 MCQs per poem/story
  • Only 5-8 Extract-based Questions per poem/story. 5 sub-questions per extract.
  • Only 3 lines for answers
  • 1 solved sample paper, 2 unsolved papers.
  • Page Count: 158 pages (poems), 184 pages (story)
  • MRP: Poem (Rs. 250), Story (Rs. 290)

Beeta Publication

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Beeta Publication offers a combined workbook for Poems and Short Stories for Class 9, with a focus on themes and styles. Here are the main features of the book:

  • Poem & Story combined (9th portion only)
  • Poems: Signposts, Poem in detail (stanza reference not provided), glossary, themes, style, setting, title, critical remarks
  • Short Stories: Introduction, Plot, Title, Characterisation, Themes, Setting, Style, Glossary
  • Only 10-15 MCQs per poem/story
  • Only 5-8 Extract-based Questions per poem/story.
  • Only 4 lines for answers
  • 2 unsolved Sample papers
  • Page Count: 200 pages
  • MRP: Rs. 295

Arundeep Study Guide

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The Arundeep Study Guide is not precisely a workbook; however, it contains some explanations and solved practice questions, with the answers provided below each question. Below are the main features of the book:

  • Poem & Story combined (9th portion only)
  • Study Guide format.
  • Poems: Introduction, About the Poem & Poet, Summary, Very Lengthy Theme, Title, Setting, Style, Critical appreciation, Word-meanings, Paraphrase
  • Short Stories: Introduction, About the Story & Writer, Summary, Theme, Characterisation, Style, Title, Setting, Glossary
  • Answers provided below questions
  • 15-20 MCQs per poem/story.
  • 3-5 Extract-based questions per poem/story. Many important questions are missed.
  • A few long-answer questions (not asked in ICSE exam).
  • No space to write answers or practice.
  • No Sample Papers.
  • Page Count: 158 pages (poems), 160 pages (story)
  • MRP: Poem (Rs. 215), Story (Rs. 195)

Almond Books Publication

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Almond Books Publication is a new entrant in the market, but its comprehensive workbook for Treasure Chest (and even Julius Caesar) sets it apart. The book contains a multitude of practice questions, ranging from MCQs to extract-based and crossword exercises. Unique features tailored for modern learning make it a favourite among English teachers.

  • Poem & Story combined (9th portion only)
  • Strictly as per ICSE syllabus and new exam pattern
  • Short Stories: About the writer, Summary, Themes, Plot, Setting, Characters, Title, Word Meanings, Appreciation
  • Poems: Illustration, About the Poet, Summary, Themes, Poem in detail (line-by-line explanation), Word Meanings, Literary Devices
  • MANY questions. At least 35-40 MCQs per poem & 50-70 MCQs per story are included.
  • 10 Extract-based Questions per poem/story. 5-12 sub-questions per extract.
  • Crossword Exercise for every poem & story.
  • Enough space to write answers. 3-12 lines provided for every answer based on marking scheme.
  • 2 Fully Solved 80-marks Sample Papers
  • ANSWERS (Entire book is solved)

Buy Almond Books Treasure Chest Workbook: https://almondbooks.com/products/icse-class9-treasure-chest-workbook

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