Books My Mother Gave Me: Treehorn’s Treasure (Florence Parry Hide) Review

Published September 30, 2013 by ElisaChristy

This is the second and only other book I have from the Treehorn collection – there are about five of them – it’s style is, of course, very similar to The Shrinking of Treehorn and the story is told simply. As if nothing is out of the ordinary about it.

“‘The leaves on the tree in our garden are turning into dollar bills.’ ‘Some people have all the luck,’ said the girl.”

Treehorn is given a dollar by his father who tells him to save it by keeping it somewhere safe. He puts it in an envelope he was going to use to send of for a magic set with and places it in a tree in his garden. Then the tree starts turning into money.

Treehorn tries to tell people such as his father who is having trouble with money that there is some growing on the tree outside, but the adults in Treehorn’s world either don’t listen to him or don’t believe him. In fact, even those that do seem to believe him act so nonchalantly about it, that you are never entirely sure, whether they think he’s pretending and are going along with it or believe him and just don’t care.

“‘I thought it was a maple tree, but now that the leaves are turning into dollar bills, I’m not sure,'”

The book is good at showing you Treehorn’s world, where Treehorn, despite the strange things which happen to him, seems to be the only person who has any idea of what is going on, and children reading it or having it read to them can relate to him.

The book is also genuinely funny in places, or at least funny to small children, such as The phone conversation between Treehorn and his father when his father thinks he is talking to his mother.

Everything goes back to normal at the end of the book when his father convinces him to open a savings account with his money instead.

When I was younger, I always thought this was the more boring of the the Two Treehorn books we had. Maybe it was to do with the title of the other one seeming so much more original than another story about treasure. But the way the story is told and the completeness of Treehorn’s world make this book just as original as The Shrinking of Treehorn and just as entertaining to read, if not more so than the other book.

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