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The Story of the Treasure Seekers

(Bastable Children #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  5,654 ratings  ·  299 reviews
The Story of the Treasure Seekers tells the story of Dora, Oswald, Dicky, Alice, Noel, and Horace Octavious (H.O.) Bastable, and their attempts to assist their widowed father and recover the fortunes of their family.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by SMK Books (first published 1899)
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Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E. Nesbit did not write for children.

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 t
Sanjay Gautam
The story of Treasure Seekers - is a story of six children, who really admire Kipling and Dickens, go through various adventures to earn money. The reason behind their adventures is the poor financial condition of the family. The story is meant for children; for me - it was not interesting and, at times, was very boring. And moreover, there is no treasure hunt in the book, though initially the children start as treasure seekers. I was dragging the book and somehow finished it.

2.5 stars rounded up
I asked myself a few times why I was reading this. The reason of course is that it is part of this year’s reading women challenge; one of the books being a children’s book. Nesbit, of course, wrote The Railway Children and many other children’s books. Nesbit was a follower of William Morris and co-founded the Fabian Society. Her main focus was children’s writing, although she did write some adult novels, short stories, and some horror.
This novel (although it is almost a coll
This book is more like a group of short stories than it is a novel. Each chapter a different tale about how this group of children tries to restore their family's fortune, or position would be the better word. Each story borders on the absurd, but I think Nesbit was more interested in her message than believability. This one falls short of The Railway Children. 3.5 stars. ...more
Sheila Beaumont
Unlike many of E. Nesbit's books, this one has no magic in it, but it's great fun anyway. It's the first of three books about the adventures of the six Bastable children. Simon Prebble does a fine job of narrating this audiobook.
Christine PNW
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly charming.

As I said above, I thought this book was charming & I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Having two kids of my own, I had had some experience with E. Nesbit - most particularly, we had listened to an audiobook of The Railway Children years ago on a driving trip. In some ways, I think I enjoyed it more than kids did.

Nesbit's stories are so rooted in time and place - childhood in Victorian England - that reading them is a window into the past. It amazes me how much more freedom childr
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent children’s chapter book. Lots of humor, very creative ideas. I read with my youngest, by the end of the book my entire family had heard enough bits and pieces of my reading to have an opinion of Oswald who is one of the more colorful Bastable children. If I tell anything more about Oswald it will give the story away.

Before I get too far, there is one very unfortunate reference of the n word in the last chapter and it was most certainly used pejoratively. This book was written in 189
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my childhood favourites. A great story of a family in reduced circumstances and the most endearing children determined to restore their father's fortune. This book really captured my imagination as a child and again when I read it to my children. I still have the original copy that I purchased at a school book sale in 1981. A dear old friend. ...more
I love Nesbit's stories, they are such fun. This is the start of the Bastable children's adventures.

In the forward information about Mrs. Nesbit it included a description of her that created a funny image in my mind of a young woman hopping over a fence slinging a corset bag full of smoking goods.
She became the modern woman of her time, cut her hair short, threw away her corsets, reveled in physical fitness, walked a great deal and leaped over gates when she had a mind to. She wore Liberty dres
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a spare-time readaloud with the girls over several months, and it was a fun read. I started reading it because I saw that it was one of the inspirations for The Penderwicks, a series our whole family adores – and you can certainly see the parallels, including a surprisingly dry wit that holds up quite well a century later (see if you can guess, despite the his best efforts to stay objective, which child is narrating; it's one of the best running gags I have ever experienced in a novel). ...more
I think I love everything Edith Nesbit wrote. She is a master children's storyteller. ...more
4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. This story is delightfully funny and excellently written. I didn’t love it too much the first time because I was too busy cringing for the children when they unconsciously blunder, but this second time around I loved it! There’s a chapter where the children attempt to sell sherry (and taste it); also a chapter where Alice pretends to be a high priestess of an idol & to use magic. Both those chapters can be edited, however. I LOVED the homour—it’s simply HILARIOUS—and all ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this story as part of The Dead Writers Society Genre Challenge for January which was to read a book in the Action/Adventure/Travel genre and I chose this book.

Told be a unnamed narrator (which honestly you figure out quite quickly) readers find out that the narrator is one of the Bastable Children. There are six Bastable children in all and I am not going to lie, sometimes i got a bit confused by them all. The children are: Dora, Oswald, Dicky, Alice, Noel, and H. O. We find out that the
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how I adored this book! I laughed aloud in so many parts and these characters, especially Oswald the great, felt as familiar as my own children. The funny cadence of writing that was sort of spur of the moment/top of the head thoughts and relaying of events, was just perfect. The realizations that came to me when reading were subtle, but I still feel them several days later.

The story of the poor Bastable children seeking to better their fortune is something that kids can relate to, wanting t
When I was growing up I loved E Nesbit's stories... Five children and it and the clever funny sequels to this story . Then, of course there was The Railway Children surely one of the most perfect children's stories that has ever been written. However try as I might I could not warm to the Bastable children. I must have had several attempts to read this as it certainly stood on my youthful bookcase for many years. I just thought those children were so silly and I hated the way Oswald kept pretend ...more
Karen Mace
This was a sweet and gentle read, just as relevant now as it was when it was written and features the Barstable children who had such an innocence about them that was so refreshing.

The topic of their adventure was quite poignant, as they were very poor - even too poor to attend school - but this was their attempts to come up with different ways to raise money for their widowed father and being such inventive and curious children, they always seemed to come up with fun and intriguing new ways to
Rachel Brand
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, children, 2008
I tried reading this once as a child, maybe about the age of seven and eight, and put it down because I found it very bizarre. I can now see that it's the kind of book which is intended to be read to children by their parents as there are plenty of amusing comments which only adults would understand (e.g. finding the coins in the garden). It's an excellent book, written in the way of many books from that time - each chapter has its own plot, meaning that you can read one chapter every night befo ...more
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this many years ago, that I don't even remember what is it about. I just remember that this was one of the first adventure book I read and it was very interesting. I recall that I like it. Turns out this influence J.K.Rowling to write Harry Potter ...more
Jo Coleman
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this a lot as a nipper, as I was a big fan of books about families of many siblings who wrote their own newspapers and so forth. I picked it up by chance a few days ago and realised that it was set in Lewisham, so I read the whole thing again and found it to be great fun. As a child I don't think I'd paid any attention to the story going on in the background, where the Bastables' father is struggling immensely with sudden poverty and widowhood (they have to cut down to just one servant!) ...more
The "Five Children and It" trilogy is among my favorite childhood books, so before rereading them I decided to try this one. I have to say that I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected, probably because it has no magic at all and the characters of the children seem a bit too stereotypical - the eldest sister who acts as mother to her orphaned siblings, the sensitive poet, the brave and chivalrous boys, and so on. All right, it's not the author's fault that she didn't include supernatural elements ...more
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit is a classic children's book from years ago. But it had a timeless quality to it and I enjoyed it so much. The voice was wonderful, the characters, children who are conspiring to "restore the fortunes of their fallen house", were delightful. Their adventures were both touching and funny and I laughed out loud several times. A great relaxing read. ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I was prompted to reread this wonderful children's classic (and a favorite of my childhood) by an essay by Michael Dirda, the Washington Post book reviewer. The story and characters remain fresh, humorous and honest as the Bastable children seek to restore their " family fortunes" with a series of creative ideas. ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story! Great read aloud for children. Oswald cracked me up with his faulty third- person technique. The picture on the front of this edition is dreadful. Bet it keeps lots of folks away. I'm sure Oswald does not have buck teeth and he is much too polite to say if his siblings do. Oswald knows what it means to be a gentleman. ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sheila Thoburn
Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book by Nesbit about children and how they try to solve problems and find adventure along the way. All of her stories remind me of my childhood and my own adventures (though they were not quite as exciting)and I believe that is the top reason I enjoy them so much.
Undomiel Books (Rosie)
An enjoyable quick read with a nice little tale; reminds me of The Famous Five. However for me personally, not through the books own fault, the story was a bit dated, and perhaps aimed at a younger audience, therefore leaving me a little bored and struggling to push to the end.
Stephen Hayes
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been curious about this book ever since first reading The Magician's Nephew about 55 years ago, when C.S. Lewis wrote, "In those days Mr Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road."

I knew about Sherlock Holmes and Baker Street, but the Bastables I had never heard of, though Lewis clearly assumed that his readers, or most of them had. So it seemed that an important part of my literary education was missing. It also said
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful surprise of a book — recommended for my daughter by a friend, yet I ended up devouring it with much joy.

A story of six English siblings setting out to restore their family's “lost fortunes” after the passing of their Mother, and their Father's been cheated out of business by a partner. Told with childish naivety and bluntness, but behind it all you can see “adult” implications, especially as the grown-ups are being touched by the sincerity of the young ones. Fun, sometimes sad, and
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
A bunch of once-well-off children learn the harsh realities of capitalism. Luckily they're not completely spoiled jerks so everything works out perfectly for them--and I'm sure that has nothing to do with the fact that this is a work of fiction and that it was written in 1899. ...more
Carol Arnold
I may be an old granny but I still love to read children's books! This one was very delightful and I'm continuing the series. ...more
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Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit.
She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later co

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