The Tree House Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens have some new neighbors at the beach house. They think it’s called the beach house, but it’s actually the Beech House because the people who own it are called Beech. The couple living there has two children. At first, the Aldens think the kids are boring. They don’t say much at all. After what seems like forever, the Aldens finally get the kids to start talking. Plans are made to build a tree house. There’s a perfect tree in the yard. One of the neighbor boys knows all about it.
The Aldens soon are busy building a tree house, everyone gets excited about it. There isn’t excitement all around though. It seems there’s a bit of a spat between the children’s uncle and their father. When they were younger, there was a spy glass, but when they built their own tree house, in the very same tree, the spy glass went missing. Each of the brothers blamed the other, but no one took it. So who has it?
What I liked
This is one of the earlier Boxcar Children books and is has more story elements to it than the newer ones. There’s more to the initial story than the modern ones. It just has more meat. It’s not necessarily longer than the newer ones; there’s just more to the story.
Tree houses are fun. I had one until a pine tree fell on it during an ice storm. I saw it happen too. I was looking out the window. I heard a crack and saw a tree fall. Unfortunately, the tree fell on my tree house. It wasn’t that great of a tree house, so it wasn’t a huge loss, but still, it would have been nice to have it back.
What I didn’t like
Some feuds are so silly. People are upset with each other because someone misplaced something, years ago. Get over it. It’s just a thing. Things are not as important as people, especially people who are family members.
Let’s hang out in trees!
Have you ever gotten unreasonably upset with someone for misplacing something?
Could you stay mad at someone for years over a thing?