Top positive review
old fashioned but enjoyable
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2020
We started reading these books with a newer book in the series - The Guide Dog Mystery. This box set is older, so the language is a bit old fashioned. However, my child has enjoyed them. They are generally well written and interesting for a parent to read to a child (unlike some of terrible princessy-type books my child often selects!). However, I have to say, these children have a bit of a white savior complex. In one, they are "saving" an "Indian" (i.e. Native American) boy by reuniting him with his long lost relative and planning to purchase the land the family lives on to make sure they can stay in their home. In the other, they are "saving" a group of poor island children by teaching them. Their grandfather they live with is apparently very wealthy and so they have a lot of resources to travel around and "help" people everywhere they go. For me, it's a little uncomfortable, but I understand these are old novels. I'm curious if the newer ones would have some of the same issues. I think I'll opt for the more current ones in the future in hopes that this is the case!