I recently read The Story of the Treasure Seekers, by E. Nesbit, on Project Gutenberg, and was reminded of what a wonderful children’s author E. Nesbit is. Two of my favorite books as a child were by her, The Enchanted Castle and The Railway Children. Her books are imaginative and entertaining and she clearly understood children well. I especially enjoy the fact that the children in her stories do not have a lot of fancy toys, but simply make up games with the everyday items they have around the house. They have immense imaginations, and reading about their adventures makes you wish you could be playing in the stories with them. E. Nesbit lived and wrote over 100 years ago, and I can’t imagine something like her books being written today, because they are not quick-paced and action-packed like Harry Potter. However, they are wonderfully entertaining adventures and definitely worth reading. I hope that many children continue to read and enjoy them.
I leave you with a quote from the beginning of The Enchanted Castle, which demonstrates how well E. Nesbit was able to get into the mind of a child:
They used to see each other on Saturdays and Sundays at the house of a kind maiden lady; but it was one of those houses where it is impossible to play. You know the kind of house, don’t you? There is a sort of a something about that kind of house that makes you hardly able even to talk to each other when you are left alone, and playing seems unnatural and affected. So they looked forward to the holidays, when they should all go home and be together all day long, in a house where playing was natural and conversation possible, and where the Hampshire forests and fields were full of interesting things to do and see.