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The Story of the Treasure Seekers (English Edition) par [Nesbit, E. (Edith)]
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Longueur : 224 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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Grades 3-6--Originally published in 1899, The Story of the Treasure Seekers (Puffin, 1996) was E. Nesbit's first full-length novel. The childhood adventures of the Bastible brood in turn-of-the-century England include all the ingredients for a ripping good tale: six plucky youngsters, their widowed father, hard times, brave endeavors to restore the family fortune, and a mysterious benefactor. Each chapter follows the attempts of the children to restore their prosperity by efforts ranging from digging for gold in the garden to entering into a wine-selling scheme. The tale is told by Oswald, the second oldest of the children, in a breezy fashion. The narration by actor Simon Prebble captures perfectly the enthusiastic, sometimes breathless, conversational cadence of juvenile speech. Prebble's clear British accent ranging from crotchety to cheerful brings to life the cast of characters at a measured pace which allows listeners to gain full understanding, even if some of the more archaic terms pass by unrecognized. This work holds some stereotypical commentary of the time: a hook-nosed, rapacious money lender; the domestic role of girls; a comment, meant to be complimentary, by the benefactor uncle who had served in India that "if he's not a man, I'm a nigger." However, these jarring notes are few, and listeners will be left with a nostalgic sense of a time past where children in an adverse situation could encounter a princess while seeking treasure in the local park. Recommend this audiobook to fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events titles who may recognize the roots of many of the elements parodied by Lemony Snicket. This work will also find enthusiastic listeners in those budding Anglophiles who, in the wake of Harry Potter, want to immerse themselves in all things English.
Mary Burkey, Grandview Heights City Schools, OH
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Like Alice in Wonderland, this is one of the great children's books from the XIXth century. But unlike Alice, this is the story of children facing very real problems in a very child-like way.
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HASH(0x90edbb10) étoiles sur 5 E. Nesbit did not write for children. 1 avril 2012
Par Tracet - Publié sur
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Oh, yes, I quite enjoyed Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet and so on when I was a child; they're magnificent children's books. But listening to the Librivox recording of The Story of the Treasure-Seekers makes it very, very clear that the magnificent Ms. Nesbit had very firmly in mind the parents who would be reading the books aloud at bedtime. One beautiful example is a scene in which an adult abruptly rises from his seat and walks away to stand at the window with his back to the children in his office. The narrator says he believes the man was trying to conceal his emotions. Which is very true; the emotions, however, were not what the narrator thought. But the narrator, and any child reading or listening who has utter faith that all is just as the narrator perceives it, may believe one thing; the beautiful layer of comedy in the moment is reserved for the grown-ups.

Thank goodness we get something; in almost everything else the children are the fortunate ones.

The Bastable children possess an innocence which I'm very much afraid is impossible for even a twelve-year-old today. I've seen comments out there amongst the reviews about "imperialist overtones" and casual racism. Thing is, though, this was first published in 1899, and like it or not the world was a very different place then, and as I read it even what could be considered racist has an innocence that keeps it from being offensive. The children are given to understand that a visitor is an Indian, and - fed on adventure novels - assume Amerind, and ask him about beavers. He's India Indian, though, and has no information on such creatures. I honestly don't see how the children's honest excitement about and sympathy for someone from far away who describes himself as a poor broken-down fellow (which they also take literally) can be translated as racist, especially in 1899, and the one extremely unfortunate exclamation that can be (the same as is found in L.M. Montgomery's A Tangled Web) was, sadly, a much more common epithet a hundred years ago.

These are the sort of fictional children that make me despair over today's kids: imaginative, well-read, well-spoken, thoughtful under the childish self-centeredness, and self-sufficient; they make today's kids (American, at least) look like Neanderthals. They're not perfect little angels - E. Nesbit was never stupid. But they do set a ludicrously high standard.

Dora, the eldest (at 13 or 14?), comes off as a bit of a prig (though this is dealt with in a later chapter in such a way that it made me cry), desperately trying to maintain some moral high ground in a horde of siblings who think it would be absolutely smashing if there were still highwaymen on the heath - or, even better, if they could be highwaymen on the heath. Her objection is that it's "wrong" - as in illegal and people hang for such things, not so much as in the victims of the highwaymen didn't think it was quite so smashing. The again-innocent bloodthirstiness of the kids is remarkable, and just fun.

Oswald, the oldest boy at 12 and (you might guess, or you might not!) the narrator of the story, is very nearly as brave and honourable as he wants to appear, and very straightforward. It's rather lovely to see him reluctantly, realistically doing the right thing throughout the book, proceeding quietly and alone when practical - the older ones all do that, shouldering responsibility and striving to make things right when they go wrong. The fierce affection and loyalty among the siblings is, like their father's poverty and worries, never explicitly stated: it doesn't have to be. It is shown, not told.

The four younger children - Noel and Alice and H.O. and Dickie, ranging down to I believe six years old - are every one expected by their elder siblings to be just as sharp and responsible and willing and able to contribute as Oswald and Dora. Some allowances are made for their extreme youth, but for the most part they are equal partners in the treasure-seeking, receiving an equal share in any profits - though sometimes excused by protective siblings from punishments.

I don't remember E. Nesbit reducing me to tears in the past. This did. And, yes, I laughed out loud. I missed the magic element of some of the other books - but only at first. It didn't take long to realize that most of the magic of E. Nesbit's writing is actually in E. Nesbit's writing.

To that point: "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally - and often far more - worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond." ~ C.S. Lewis. I look forward to reading E. Nesbit when I'm fifty, and beyond.
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HASH(0x90edbb64) étoiles sur 5 The Bravest of People 5 octobre 2011
Par S. Grotzke - Publié sur
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Point: A true view of a person can be seen when he acts upon what he believes to be true, not necessarily what has been "proved" to be true.

Path: The Bastable children, 6 in total, are in search of restoring the lost fortunes of the good Bastable family name. Their mother died several years earlier, and the business of their father is not good. They each concoct a way in which they believe that they will be able to restore the lost fortunes. Chapter by chapter they each try their ways at encountering treasure. Their full imaginations carry the reader through a world in their minds which is perhaps much more real than the world which I have chosen to see.

Sources: An imagination alive with the fire of youth.

Agreement: The imagination is not a hindrance, or a childish bane. It is the lens through which we see our world, the interpretive grid by which we understand what is beyond.

Personal App: Some of the bravest people in this world are under the age of 10. Those who act nobly upon what they believe, not necessarily what has been proved to be true, are those with real courage. Anyone can walk to the bathroom at night because they have convinced themselves that no one is in the house. But the child who walks stiffly down the hallway when he is convinced that there is a robber in the house, he is the braver.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would have liked to see the ending changed to be more of a recognition of the true fortunes they possessed in their imagination and family. I laughed at parts, nearly cried at others.
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HASH(0x90edbe40) étoiles sur 5 Nesbit's Funniest and Most Accessible Book 8 mars 2014
Par Pop Bop - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
So, here it is - a Kindle freebie with loads of positive reviews, but it's from 1899 and you suspect the positive reviews may just be filtered through the gauzy haze of happy childhood reading memories. Is it worth a try? I suggest the answer is "Yes".

Edith Nesbit was not a Victorian novelist with either a tendency toward vapors or an intimidating moralistic streak. She was most certainly a pip - opinionated, idiosyncratic, courageous, and undeterred by lack of precedent. She basically pioneered the writing of children's books that featured realistic children, honest humor, and respect for young readers. She avoided morals in favor of plain common sense, and she understood that siblings could love and support each other even while bickering. There is nothing stodgy about her books except for stodgy things and people she makes a bit of fun of.

Many of her more famous books are fantasies or have an element of "Boy's Own" adventure, but this book could readily be put forth as her funniest. There is broad humor, witty commentary, irony, and dry as dust understatement that readers of many different ages and abilities will pick up on to a greater or lesser degree. While you might expect it, the writing is not terribly formal or complex, just a bit more structured. It would be easy enough even for a younger reader to get into the flow of Nesbit's elegant and engaging, but light and very reader-friendly writing style.

The Bastable kids are good, funny, bright kids. They are also brave and honorable. They have the kid equivalent of style. Even if they do mess up a bit it's usually because they tried to do too much rather than too little. Their conversations, both among themselves and with adults, are as fresh and vivid as though they took place yesterday and any of the Bastables could slip right now into a middle grade school daze novel and fit right in - that's how good Nesbit was.

So, well worth a toss and likely to be a winner.

Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to the publisher of this book.
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HASH(0x90edbd38) étoiles sur 5 A 10 year old homeschooled girl's book review. 30 janvier 2014
Par tereza - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
I would like to share a book summary and review of the Treasure Seekers. The book was really good and perfect for a kid who likes adventure.

The Basterbuild family is very rich until the Mother dies and the Father gets into some bad situations. The children are very sad.

The children have a meeting to decide what to do. They decide to become treasure seekers to restore their fallen fortune. A few of the strategies they try are: being robbers, digging for treasure and selling things.

One night, the Father calls their uncle over for a business dinner. The kids have to stay upstairs and go without supper. The Father and Uncle have dinner and go to the office to talk.

The kids want to help too, so the next day they secretly invite the Uncle back for dinner. The uncle enjoys dinner and the next day he brings them gifts. A week later, Uncle invites them over for a Christmas party and breaks the news to the family that they will live with him. The Uncle is wealthy and the kids live there happily ever after with him and their Father.

In the Treasure Seekers, the author writes the book kind of funny like when they try to make medicine and kind of sad like when one of the brothers get really sick, and most definitely very adventurous like when they try to be robbers and bad guys.

I like the book because it has a good plot and great characters and they do interesting things like making a newspaper and finding a real live princess.

I really like the ending. It was surprising: really sweet and happy. Overall the book was really good.
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HASH(0x90c19384) étoiles sur 5 Wonderful book! 19 janvier 2010
Par Eliza Dashwood - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I would have given this book 5 stars, but the pictures seem to be missing and it hampers the story just a bit. Mostly its Noel's poetry, so it is not vital to the story, but it is still a little annoying. However, this book makes me laugh out loud! Wonderful book about the young Bastables. E. Nesbit is one of my favorite authors. I love her writing style for these Treasure Seekers books.
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