A review featuring Bit (Bibliophile in Training), age 6
It has been a while since we finished reading The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. It has taken us quite some time to finish The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit because Bit was not enchanted by it, and things have been rather busy. You can see Bit's short yet descriptive opinion below. This was definitely not her thing.The Story
The Ancient and Noble House of Bastable has fallen on hard times. Things are not as they used to be. There is no more silver, nice dinners, pocket money, or even school. The six Bastable children decide that is it up to them to restore the family fortunes and become treasure seekers. They come up with a variety of ways to seek treasure from digging in the back yard to selling poetry to using a divining rod.
I didn't like it because it was boring. I only liked a couple things. The ending was good. I like the way they hunt for treasure, but I didn't like that there was no magic.
I like this book, but I concede it is a terrible read aloud. I love books about siblings who work together to accomplish a common goal. The Bastables are a delightful group of children to read about and I enjoy how they stand by each other, squabble, and get into trouble. They also have a generosity of spirit that is nice to read about. They are imaginative children and reading their story is in many ways nostalgic. Looking back on it, I think I had the same reaction as Bit when I read this story as a child. I like it better as an adult.