October 2, 2012

31 Days of Awesome Kids' Books: Key to the Treasure

Liza, Bill, and Jed are almost triplets. Jed is 11 months older than the twins, and the three of them are spending the whole summer with their Grandma and Grandpa.

One rainy night Grandpa tells them the story of his grandfather, who hid an Indian treasure somewhere on the property before being killed in the Civil War. No one in the family has ever been able to decipher the cryptic drawing that Grandpa's grandfather left behind as a clue.

Liza, Bill, and Jed are determined to find the treasure and surprise Grandpa with it. They're not sure where to start, till Liza and Bill start arguing about who should get to wear the old Indian bonnet. Liza tries to grab it from Bill, but accidentally pulls a feather out. Then the children discover a tiny piece of paper with a bunch of numbers, and the cryptic statement, "All twenty-six. This is your first clue." hiding in the space where the feather had been.

Racking her brain, Liza finally realizes that "All twenty-six" must mean the alphabet, and they work together to decipher the code, which gives them the next clue they need in their quest to find the key to the treasure.

This is a really fun book, the first in the Liza, Bill, and Jed series of mysteries. They're pretty standard kids who fight a little with each other, but work together to solve the clues, and are always willing to help Grandma do the dishes after dinner.

Written by the author of the popular Amelia Bedelia series, Key to the Treasure is a fun, easy-to-read mystery that girls and boys alike will enjoy. Good readers should be able to read it by themselves; the language is simple, and there are some illustrations as well. Although, since it was written in the 1960s, the kids do tend to say, "Oh Gee!" "Gee, do we have to?" and "Gee thanks!" an awful lot.

I was happy to note that in spite of its era, it is very complimentary about the Indian woman who gave the treasure to Grandpa's grandfather in the first place. And, I always like stories where the kids are creative, curious, and respectful to adults!

Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommended age: 5-8

Have you read any books by Peggy Parish?

This post is day two of my 31 Days of Awesome Kids' Books.
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