The Treasure Cave 

Sea Tales of Tiptoes Lightly

Tiptoes Lightly loves the sea, and when Farmer John and his children, Tom Nutcracker and June Berry, drive to the seaside for Thanksgiving she goes along with them. Tom and June discover a freshly uncovered cave in the bluffs that run along the shore. They call it their Treasure Cave just for fun, but then find seven beautiful pearls and a finely wrought golden chain buried in the sand. Tiptoes sets out to find the story behind the pearls, and soon a delicate web of tales begins to unfold. Stretching back to the creation of the world, they weave together until Tiptoes and the children are caught up in the ongoing drama between the Sea King and his lovely daughter.

This book is older in tone than the other Tiptoes Lightly books, and while it is still intended for family reading, it is more suited to grade 1 through grade 4 children. Sample chapters: Chapter 1, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 14, Peter and the Sea Maiden (in the original, concentrated form).

Illustrated, soft cover, 172 pages. Purchase Book


Reviews: "Reg Down has done it again in his unique style—magnificently imaginative and utterly entertaining. The Treasure Cave is a heart-warming gift to families to help find a new meaning in Thanksgiving through the wonder of Tiptoes Lightly. Five Stars!" David Kennedy, Waldorf Today

"A deftly crafted novel by an experienced and talented author and illustrator of books for children, The Treasure Cave continues the Tiptoes Lightly stories with its superbly drawn characters and thoroughly engaging storyline. Wonderfully entertaining, The Treasure Cave is especially recommended for young readers ages 6 through 10 and will make an enduringly popular addition to both school and community library children's fiction collections. Also very highly recommended for young readers are Reg Down's previous children's books: The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly, Eggs for the Hunting, The Lost Lagoon, The Magic Knot ~ and other tangles! and The Midsummer Mouse." Midwest Book Review

" A Treasure Indeed! My family and I have been fans of the Tiptoes Lightly books for many years and this one does not disappoint. In most of the books there is another story within and what I found surprising in this book is how many different tales interweave and come together. Besides the story of the Nutcracker family's Thanksgiving vacation, Reg Down weaves together the creation of the earth, the Sea King, mermaids, and the story of a lighthouse keeper into a very rich tapestry. Although my 5-year-old enjoyed the book, an older audience of those 8 to 10-years-old would get much more out of reading it." Amazon Review