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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (30 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811854167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811854160
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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E.Nesbit was born in London in 1858. Her father died when she was four years old and she spent much of her childhood travelling around England, France, Germany, and Spain with her mother and sister Mary in an endeavour to cure Mary of tuberculosis.

Nesbit married Hubert Bland in 1880 and they went on to become two of the founding members of the Fabian Society. She wrote many stories and poems for both children and adults, including the much-loved Five Children and It, The Story of the Treasure Seekers, and The Railway Children. E. Nesbit died in 1924 and is buried in Kent.

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E. Nesbit (1858-1924) lived in England and had dreamed of becoming a poet since she was fifteen years old. After her husband fell ill, it was up to her to support her small family. For the next nineteen years, she published a number of novels, essays, articles, poems, and short stories. When The Story of the Treasure Seekers was published in 1899, her groundbreaking style of depicting realistic, believable children quickly gained a popularity that has lasted for more than a century.

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A sly, witty, affectionate book. Too subtle to have suffered the cinematic fate of The Railway Children (God, how I hate that picture!) but like that with a political edge; here Nesbit puts the case against capital punishment. Lucky the child who received of this at an impressionable age, but it's not too late for the rest of us. Nesbit did not have the fortune to be associated with a Shepard, but this Chronicle edition features two contemporary illustrators who do the business altogether more effectively than Puffin's wispy Cecil Leslie
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why isn't this book more well-known? 22 Nov. 2007
By Beelissa - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book, and the two others about the same children (The Would-be-goods and the New Treasure Seekers) are excellent. I read them for the first time as a grown-up, based on the fact that I read that it was a favorite of J K Rowling. And I can see why she likes it so well. The characters are very well written, you can feel you really know them, they are real, not just paper, two-dimensional characters like so many books have, esp. books for kids.

As a parent, I found myself laughing out loud at the interactions between these clever and industrious set of siblings. I can't understand why this book isn't more well-known. But maybe it's marketing. I tried reading it to my 9 year old boy and he wasn't interested. Then I gave it to my 15-year-old boy and he was LOL. Though the stories are about kids, I think you enjoy them more as you're getting older and can laugh at the antics of kids.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great literature 16 Jan. 2011
By P. B. Ellis - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fantastic writing, very realistic characters, and the situations are very real, as are the the outcomes. Some stories made us laugh out loud, and some made us cry from the simplicity and openness of honest virtue well rewarded. Not that everyone's motives are "pure" or always virtuous. For any family that is fond of good writing , though parts of the turn of the 19th century slang are difficult to follow.
6 children seek treasure to restore the family fortune with delightful results 12 Nov. 2011
By F. Orion Pozo - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Edith Nesbit is one of my favorite children's writers and this first novel from 1898 is one of three written about the six Bastable children. In this book their widowed father has lost all his money and the children, who are not in school for lack of tuition, seek to find a treasure to restore the family wealth. They are well-read and left on their own much of the day as they develop plans to find a fortune.

Related from the point of view of one of the children, the narrative explores the way children see the world and try to solve problems through games, fantasy and role play. So what could be a sad tale of neglect and poverty, if looked at objectively, becomes an adventure story where each chapter finds the characters digging for buried treasure, becoming highwaymen, seeking to marry a princess, trying to save a rich man, going into business, and devising other schemes designed to get rich quick.

Nesbit wrote over 60 books for children and The Story of the Treasure Seekers is one of her most influential and famous. It is populated by good-hearted people so no real danger threatens as the children confront a hard world with imagination and creativity.
Enjoyable Classic 29 April 2014
By Sigrid Undset - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We never get tired of this--even getting the book on cd from the library for road trips. Nesbit is a sure and steady writer; all ages will love this book. Read it aloud to your young ones, and you will enjoy it too.
Great reading! 25 Feb. 2014
By M. Benedict - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My son had to read this for the Thoughtful Reader's Club at school. What a delightful book. We have enjoyed reading it together.
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