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The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.


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30 review for The Boxcar Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I read this book as a child and oh, did I ever cherish it. I'm a detail-oriented person, and this book speaks to the super organized control freak in me. Warner weaves so many details into the lives of the Boxcar children that, as a young'un, I found myself mentally picturing their home in exquisite detail. Over a decade since I last read it, I still remember the milk kept cool by the waterfall, or the kids carrying the cherries back to the boxcar between them. These details are the strength of I read this book as a child and oh, did I ever cherish it. I'm a detail-oriented person, and this book speaks to the super organized control freak in me. Warner weaves so many details into the lives of the Boxcar children that, as a young'un, I found myself mentally picturing their home in exquisite detail. Over a decade since I last read it, I still remember the milk kept cool by the waterfall, or the kids carrying the cherries back to the boxcar between them. These details are the strength of the book - for the little girl or boy who liked playing house and inventing routines, this book is perfect escapism. The book is by no means perfect - the children are saccharine, never fight and they don't seem to have much in the way of distinct personalities beyond their age-directed roles in the family unit. Also, as the series goes on, I was always confused as to why they inexplicably began solving mysteries, since this first book has nothing to do with anything like that. The book really does romanticize homelessness tremendously as well. Nothing bad ever befalls the children, they never go hungry or have any serious problems in meeting all their basic needs. Still, because of how much I loved this book, I can't help giving it a better rating than it probably deserves, if only to reflect how much dang fun it was for me to read and re-read as a child.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    When I was young, around the age of 7 I think, my mother was hospitalized for several months. I went to stay with my aunt and uncle. I missed my parents dreadfully. One warm afternoon while wandering around around on their property, I found a box of old books in a barn of sorts. I picked up The Boxcar Children and begain to read. My loneliness disappeared, and my life changed forever. The story pulled me in and I couldn't put it down. I felt as if I was a part of their adventures and the boxcar. When I was young, around the age of 7 I think, my mother was hospitalized for several months. I went to stay with my aunt and uncle. I missed my parents dreadfully. One warm afternoon while wandering around around on their property, I found a box of old books in a barn of sorts. I picked up The Boxcar Children and begain to read. My loneliness disappeared, and my life changed forever. The story pulled me in and I couldn't put it down. I felt as if I was a part of their adventures and the boxcar. Since that day 50 years ago, I have been an avid reader. I read this book to my children, I have even shared it with my grandchildren. I have an original copy and I will pass it down to one of my children when I pass. To the adults that read this book and gave it low reviews, I think to really enjoy this book you must be a child. The simple mystery, and exploration is made for a young child's mind. Yet the sad truth is children are now spoon feed TV, DVDs and Video games at an early age, little imagination is needed. Maybe thats it, maybe this book is just to simple now days.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I never came across this book as a child - presumably it did not cross the Atlantic to the UK where I grew up on a diet of the Secret Seven and the Famous Five. So I thought I would check it out now as it sits at the top of many popularity lists. Having read all the reviews I think many people must be giving it five stars just for nostalgia value because to an adult outsider like me it certainly does not get five stars for content! However it is a nice, child friendly story with a degree of actio I never came across this book as a child - presumably it did not cross the Atlantic to the UK where I grew up on a diet of the Secret Seven and the Famous Five. So I thought I would check it out now as it sits at the top of many popularity lists. Having read all the reviews I think many people must be giving it five stars just for nostalgia value because to an adult outsider like me it certainly does not get five stars for content! However it is a nice, child friendly story with a degree of action but nothing truly scary or worrying. The four children are caring and sharing and totally unreal, but this is fiction we are reading! Today's children would still enjoy it for the pure fun of reading about four children setting up home in a box car and making a success of it. I can understand why it is so popular and why it holds a special place in the hearts of those who read it years ago.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    I absolutely LOVE this book and the entire BOXCAR CHILDREN series!!! Seeing this on a list of the Top 100 Children's Books, I simply had to add it to my Goodreads shelves. It was the book that pulled me in - hook, line, and sinker - as a passionate reader and supporter of public libraries. And praise be, many of my grandchildren are now discovering the magical joy of reading and have contemporary copies of this wonderful series, too. For more titles on the Top 100 Children's Books list: www.good I absolutely LOVE this book and the entire BOXCAR CHILDREN series!!! Seeing this on a list of the Top 100 Children's Books, I simply had to add it to my Goodreads shelves. It was the book that pulled me in - hook, line, and sinker - as a passionate reader and supporter of public libraries. And praise be, many of my grandchildren are now discovering the magical joy of reading and have contemporary copies of this wonderful series, too. For more titles on the Top 100 Children's Books list: www.goodreads.com/blog/show/643-the-t...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    Never having read any of The Boxcar Children series as a kid, a friend recently gave me a copy of an ebook comprising the first 12 volumes to see what I missed out on. As a boy, I had been a fan of Enid Blyton's books, which were largely set in Britain, so I was curious to see how something similar from the US would read. I had also read that The Boxcar Children series is still very popular among kids despite having started in the 1940s. As the book was first published 70 years ago, I was expecti Never having read any of The Boxcar Children series as a kid, a friend recently gave me a copy of an ebook comprising the first 12 volumes to see what I missed out on. As a boy, I had been a fan of Enid Blyton's books, which were largely set in Britain, so I was curious to see how something similar from the US would read. I had also read that The Boxcar Children series is still very popular among kids despite having started in the 1940s. As the book was first published 70 years ago, I was expecting it to be somewhat old-fashioned and sexist. To some degree this is true. The four orphaned children mimic the typical white middle-class family with the older boy and girl taking on parental roles towards the younger girl and boy according to a largely traditional sexual division of labour. Henry, the older boy, goes into town to do odd jobs so that he can earn money to buy food and other needed items, such as a tablecloth, for himself and his siblings. Jessie, the older girl, stays at home to mind the younger kids (at one point cutting Benny's hair) and acts as a housekeeper, washing clothes and cooking meals. Similarly, Henry makes a cart for Benny while Violet is thrilled to hem the new tablecloth and Jessie makes a broom. However, the girls are also resourceful in locating an old dump from which cracked, but serviceable, crockery and a cooking kettle could be salvaged. They also make, with the help of little Benny, a stone-lined fire-pit over which the kettle could be suspended from a wire strung between two trees. Jessie also made a ladle from a tin cup fastened to a stick and used charcoal to write words on sheets of wrapping paper so that Benny could start learning to read. But the kids also work together to build a small dam across a stream and instead of Henry using his age and gender to dictate what the group should do, he often asks Jessie for her advice. It is probably because he is the eldest that Henry is always the one to light the fire, and it is his strength (as the oldest and biggest child) that is sometimes needed to lift heavier rocks. The book subtley teaches some practical wisdom - to always drink water from a water pump or fountain as opposed to a brook, that things can be recycled, to use boiling water to rinse off crockery found in a dump instead of just washing it in cold water, to use sand as a scouring agent, how to manage time (Jessie washing everyone's stockings while the others built the dam), using pine needles as bedding, locating a hearth away from anything that might catch fire (and having a container of water to hand in case something did catch light), and so on. The children are also respectful of other people's property, with for example Henry asking permission to take stunted vegetables thinned out from a vegetable patch or bent nails from a garage rather than presuming to take them even though they would've been discarded anyway. The overall impression I have of reading the book is that the kids are very practical and independent (except, not unreasonably, when it comes to illness). They seem to belong to a can-do generation unlike many of today's children whom, I feel, are more dependent and infantilised. Many schools in the US apparently ban kids of even high school age from possessing or using a pointed pair of scissors because it could hurt somebody. Likewise pen-knives are forbidden. And how many kids today could make a broom, hem a cloth or make a cart without the help of parents or other adults? Books like The Boxcar Children therefore serve as useful and accessible repositories of practical knowledge and advice that kids today and in the future can learn and that will hopefully encourage them to explore, make, repair, and innovate in ways that endless hours of computer games and cartoons on TV will not. A couple of things that made me go 'hmmm' include the kids not hearing thunder as they slept outside in a wood (is that even possible?), or the description of the kids after a day spent cherry-picking as being 'better than most workers, because [they] are so happy' (so most workers should go about their work gleefully in order to be considered 'good'?). Henry also seems to be a bit dense later in the story in not recognising a man he had only seen a day or two before - but this is probably to add a little tension to the narrative and to get any kids reading the book a bit frustrated over how long Henry was taking to figure it out. Apart from these minor quibbles, this is a book I would recommend to any child old enough to read it - and maybe for those adults who want to catch up with aspects of their childhood that they missed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    I read this in 1993 when I was in 3rd grade and just loved it. I never thought of all the gender stereotypes because I knew that it was an old book and you often see that in old books. Come on, there is a "horse and cart" coming down the road, the boys are wearing short pants and stockings, and the girls have on kerchiefs over their heads. Clearly this is not a modern book and we don't need to expect it to be modern. Kids reading it should not be changed or affected by the gender stereotypes bec I read this in 1993 when I was in 3rd grade and just loved it. I never thought of all the gender stereotypes because I knew that it was an old book and you often see that in old books. Come on, there is a "horse and cart" coming down the road, the boys are wearing short pants and stockings, and the girls have on kerchiefs over their heads. Clearly this is not a modern book and we don't need to expect it to be modern. Kids reading it should not be changed or affected by the gender stereotypes because they should be able to understand that in the past, things were very different than how they are now. To children reading this when it was re-released in 1942, children who had been through the great depression, this book told them what kind of people they should be... ever optimistic even in hard times, good at working together toward a common goal without fighting with each other, self-relient and hard working. Good lessons for kids in any time period, including today. History of it, for those interested..... People think it came out in 1942. But they often don't know this actually came out in 1924 but few copies were made and it is extremely hard to find an original. The books is very different from the current version. I do have one, and many things were changed. Some of the characters names are different, there are a lot more adventures in the book (the current version is shortened), and the kids actual mom and dad are included in the beginning of the book before they died (and it was a bit darker, because apparently they got drunk a lot and were not said to be good parents- so if you thought it was odd that the kids aren't upset over their dead parents, well, maybe that's why). The book was also a lot more descriptive than now. But anyway, it was published by a different company in 1924. Then, in 1942, it was re-published but the new company had the author re-write it to simplify it for younger children to read. That's why there are all the changes. The current version, the 1942 version, is the same as the version you read today.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    If I had just given this a rating instead of feeling the need to re-read it, I would have clicked five stars and moved on with my life. I remember REALLY liking these books when I was a kid. And I like to think of myself as fundamentally the same person. Turns out, The Boxcar Children series is terrible! The only reason I gave it two stars was out of respect for the sliver of memory I have left of enjoying it. The writing is uninspired, the situations are improbable, and the stories aren't even If I had just given this a rating instead of feeling the need to re-read it, I would have clicked five stars and moved on with my life. I remember REALLY liking these books when I was a kid. And I like to think of myself as fundamentally the same person. Turns out, The Boxcar Children series is terrible! The only reason I gave it two stars was out of respect for the sliver of memory I have left of enjoying it. The writing is uninspired, the situations are improbable, and the stories aren't even mysteries! This weekend I read The Boxcar Children, The Bicycle Mystery, and the Bus Stop Mystery (which was the worst of the three, by far). What a letdown.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda NEVER MANDY

    My love for reading was formed during my early years and I can clearly remember the books that brought it about. The picture books were all a blur of toddling first steps, a means to get to the main event…chapter books. I was never the child you had to force to check out the “big kids’ books”, I was the one that had to be reminded of the checkout limit. To be submerged in an ocean of bound together written words was and still is divine!!! This book deserves a nod for creating two reading interest My love for reading was formed during my early years and I can clearly remember the books that brought it about. The picture books were all a blur of toddling first steps, a means to get to the main event…chapter books. I was never the child you had to force to check out the “big kids’ books”, I was the one that had to be reminded of the checkout limit. To be submerged in an ocean of bound together written words was and still is divine!!! This book deserves a nod for creating two reading interests for me: the mystery and the series. I can now laugh at the far-fetched premise of orphaned children living in a boxcar solving mysteries but at the time, I was hooked. I can guarantee part of my want for a clubhouse stemmed from this read, though sadly by the time I got a treehouse I was past mysteries and more into MLP and TMNT.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I wanted to read this book because my mom said it was one of her favorites from her childhood. She said she identified with the children who had to take care of themselves. I don't think that's a compliment to my grandparents. Anyway, reading this makes me realize how much children's literature has changed. The plot is like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - orphan siblings using their own resources to help themselves. But the tone is so sugary sweet it gives me a toothache. The c I wanted to read this book because my mom said it was one of her favorites from her childhood. She said she identified with the children who had to take care of themselves. I don't think that's a compliment to my grandparents. Anyway, reading this makes me realize how much children's literature has changed. The plot is like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - orphan siblings using their own resources to help themselves. But the tone is so sugary sweet it gives me a toothache. The children are always happy when they're working, never seem to miss their parents or complain about sleeping in a haystack or a boxcar, and never even think about getting on each other's nerves. Would I have liked this if I had read it as a child? A very, very young, innocent child? Were any of us ever that innocent?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Esti

    Bonus review (not following the rules, but very heartfelt): I re-read this book out of sheer nostalgia, after typing up my review of the very unfortunate graphic novel adaptation. Though I probably read it a dozen times as a child, I hadn't looked at it since about fourth grade. I was impressed, when I read the graphic novel, how much I remembered from the original... Benny's pink cup, the swimming pool, the wonderful domesticity of everything, to the point of spending scarce money on salt and s Bonus review (not following the rules, but very heartfelt): I re-read this book out of sheer nostalgia, after typing up my review of the very unfortunate graphic novel adaptation. Though I probably read it a dozen times as a child, I hadn't looked at it since about fourth grade. I was impressed, when I read the graphic novel, how much I remembered from the original... Benny's pink cup, the swimming pool, the wonderful domesticity of everything, to the point of spending scarce money on salt and stockings just to remain civilized. I've always been an enthusiastic player of the game 'House,' and to this day books like the Boxcar Children are the only reason my dishes get washed in a timely manner. I also found that one of the most discomfiting features of the graphic novel is its rampant use of contractions, which Ms. Warner seemed to avoid as much as possible, even at the cost of some realism. When I finished the novel and was tempted to read on in the series, I suddenly remembered how little use I'd had for the rest of the books... the mysteries were charming enough, but nothing could top the great adventure of four children surviving so brilliantly on their own wits and skills. Children today (and of my generation, and probably one or two before it) don't really have those skills--when adolescent boys carry knives now they are rarely for whittling, and I certainly didn't learn how to cook a nice stew until I was well past childhood. But we all wish we did, and we hope that our own triumphs are as courageous and innovative as making a proper home out of an old train car. In its way, this book has the same appeal as a fantasy novel, where the protagonists (usually heroines, in my library) learn all sorts of magic and swordplay by their twelfth birthdays. Though to my (more or less) adult eyes, the story is quite dated, the world the Alden children live in is absolutely magical, and I'm so happy to have revisited it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nadin Adel

    A novel about orphan siblings whom ran away from their grandfather that they never saw and knew he would treat them badly, as he didn't like their late mother. The story ending is wise as it turns out into a great conclusion. To sum up, sometimes the things we are most frightened of are the things we should, actually, embrace with all our senses. Finally, never close your ears of what you thought was the mere truth, everything needs consistent testing and evaluation by both our mind and heart.

  12. 5 out of 5

    MEGAN C

    I happened to stumble across this and I was addicted to these when I was younger so I thought a re-read was in order. It was a little different than I remember but just as charming. I can see why I wanted to live in a boxcar when I was little. However, there is some weird gender things and other stuff that I never would have noticed as a child but seems glaringly obvious and weird as an adult. Overall reading it again was a heck of a lot of fun.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenne

    hahaha wow this is such a weird story! But also just the kind of thing I like. I mean who wouldn't want to set up a little house in an old boxcar in the woods and eat delicious food and play in the creek. In closing, I have two words: CHERRY. DUMPLINGS.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ellie

    This is the book that made me a reader. I know many people don't have any way of knowing this, so I'm so grateful that I know. I still remember the day I walked into my 5th grade classroom in 2008, and there was a little bookshelf in the corner with a green beanbag. It was my first time in an American classroom, and I had never read an English book before. My homeroom teacher told us that if we read anything there, she'd give us a sticker! So I went, sat on the beanbag, and looked at the books. This is the book that made me a reader. I know many people don't have any way of knowing this, so I'm so grateful that I know. I still remember the day I walked into my 5th grade classroom in 2008, and there was a little bookshelf in the corner with a green beanbag. It was my first time in an American classroom, and I had never read an English book before. My homeroom teacher told us that if we read anything there, she'd give us a sticker! So I went, sat on the beanbag, and looked at the books. I found this one, with a group of kids and this bright red train on the cover. So I opened it, and to my delight, there were drawings! I loved the drawings, and I loved the four kids, their dog, and their boxcar. I remember connecting to the children so much, despite not being an orphan or in the 1950s, because I was so overwhelmed at this new world. And these kids were, too, but they had each other. I had them. They were determined to survive, no matter what, and so was I. I've read almost every single book in this series, and the first is still the one I know and remember the most. And of course, love the most. Rereading now, exactly 10 years later, I see how simple the language is. The concept is also pretty freaking crazy if you think about it - these kids in the middle of the woods somehow manage to not die for a month. But still! I love it. I will always love them. When I wasn't very familiar to reading English, this helped. This little tiny book encouraged me to keep reading about their adventures, to keep improving my English, to keep reading. I'll forever be thankful for these four kids.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jess Owens

    I haven’t read this series in a long time. I was going to say how long, but I’m not trying to give away my age. These have to be the worlds most well behaved and unrealistic children of all time but I love them. It was fun to read again as an adult.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ✩ Ashley ✩

    ✩ 4 Stars ✩

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kris Irvin

    I read The Boxcar Children as a child. I think I was 7 or 8 when I started reading them. It was the first series I ever collected and I loved these books. I wanted to introduce them to my 5 year old. He's mildly autistic and has a very short attention span, but surprisingly, he sits still and listens to the story here. He loves Benny and Watch, and though he may not understand all of what is happening, I think he is getting the gist of it all. It's been a great experience to read these and re-li I read The Boxcar Children as a child. I think I was 7 or 8 when I started reading them. It was the first series I ever collected and I loved these books. I wanted to introduce them to my 5 year old. He's mildly autistic and has a very short attention span, but surprisingly, he sits still and listens to the story here. He loves Benny and Watch, and though he may not understand all of what is happening, I think he is getting the gist of it all. It's been a great experience to read these and re-live my childhood while sharing the magic of the story with my son. Fantastic book no matter how old you are. I love how cute and mildly antiquated it is. I love the characters and how the children are so good. They're good to each other, they work hard, they try try try. They are great little people and I am happy to have them be in my son's imagination - I mean, I'd rather have these sweet little children being his imaginary friends than having violent Batman or whiny Caillou be his imaginary friend.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    I loved these books as a child. I just re-read this one again, now as an adult. In reading many of the comments made here, I realize that most of you may not know this book was published in 1942, right after the Great Depression. This is a book about children who start off with nothing, but managed to survive and even thrive on their own resourcefulness. This was probably a very powerful book in 1942 and it is still relevant, perhaps even more so, today. I love that these children are respectful I loved these books as a child. I just re-read this one again, now as an adult. In reading many of the comments made here, I realize that most of you may not know this book was published in 1942, right after the Great Depression. This is a book about children who start off with nothing, but managed to survive and even thrive on their own resourcefulness. This was probably a very powerful book in 1942 and it is still relevant, perhaps even more so, today. I love that these children are respectful, support each other, work hard, and never lose faith that things will somehow be alright. How many children today would be so thrilled to find cracked dishes in a dump and be grateful to have them?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I read all of these books as a child and I loved them. great books for kids but beware it might want to make your kids live in a boxcar... I know it made me want to and my mother just laughed at me when I told her so... 😑

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Ahh, this just stirs up happy childhood memories. I loved this book and series so much. It is one of those series that our family lends out all the time,

  21. 4 out of 5

    Linh

    Loved these books when I was a child:)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    I believe it was my second grade teacher who read this to our class. All I have is fond memories of childhood escapism, kids being able to forge their own way in the world without depending on adults.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alana

    What a sweet re-visit to childhood! A story of siblings who are unrealistically kind to each other, sharing, resourceful, and a little too picture perfect in all their friends and family, but a fun children's adventure nonetheless. Who didn't want to have their own little boxcar home as a child?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    Beloved by children everywhere!! Now beloved by this adult!! This is the first of a series about 4 orphans, the Aldens, who housed themselves in an abandoned boxcar. They actually ran away from their rich grandfather, whom they had never met, because they had heard he was a very mean man. The oldest Henry, does odd jobs for a local doctor, making enough money to buy butter and milk. They resourcefully build a fireplace for cooking. The oldest girl, Jessie, cooks wonderful meals for them. They fin Beloved by children everywhere!! Now beloved by this adult!! This is the first of a series about 4 orphans, the Aldens, who housed themselves in an abandoned boxcar. They actually ran away from their rich grandfather, whom they had never met, because they had heard he was a very mean man. The oldest Henry, does odd jobs for a local doctor, making enough money to buy butter and milk. They resourcefully build a fireplace for cooking. The oldest girl, Jessie, cooks wonderful meals for them. They find cups, plates and silverware in a dump. They dam up a stream so that they can swim. The author is Gertrude Chandler Warren. She liked to stress the Aldens’ independence and resourcefulness and their solid New England devotion to using up and making do. The Aldens go about most of their adventures with as little adult supervision as possible—something else that delights young readers. 4 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Sun

    A nice nostalgia read courtesy of Worldreader Mobile and Open Road Media. I was so glad to find that the ebook has the gorgeous illustrations by L. Kate Deal, which make living in a boxcar and eating stew made of castoff runt vegetables just seem even that much more idyllic: The Alden siblings divide loaves of bread. Dumpster diving! Benny finds a pink cup. Jessie stirs stew made from tiny vegetables. Although not without creepy Pleasantville moments ("'Tomorrow will be Sunday, and I can stay at h A nice nostalgia read courtesy of Worldreader Mobile and Open Road Media. I was so glad to find that the ebook has the gorgeous illustrations by L. Kate Deal, which make living in a boxcar and eating stew made of castoff runt vegetables just seem even that much more idyllic: The Alden siblings divide loaves of bread. Dumpster diving! Benny finds a pink cup. Jessie stirs stew made from tiny vegetables. Although not without creepy Pleasantville moments ("'Tomorrow will be Sunday, and I can stay at home,' Henry went on, 'Do you think it's all right, Jessie, to build the dam for a swimming pool on Sunday?'"), The Boxcar Children is an all-American fairy tale that goes down as easy as a hot piece of apple pie. In Gertrude Chandler Warner's world, resourcefulness and hard work are rewarded not only financially but also with the kindness, loyalty, admiration, and (life-saving) attention of smart, rich men. It seems important to Warner that we see that these children deserve their Grandfather Charming ending, and also that the adults that they choose (and the Aldens, poor orphans though they are, always do get to choose) to let into their lives deserve such perfect, polite, charming, talented, attractive, work-loving children. It would all make for an annoying book that should die quietly on the backlist if there weren't so many wonderfully eccentric moments too, like the cucumber growing inside a jar, Benny cutting a J into Watch the dog's hair, and Henry sleeping with the hammer under his pillow. And there is an interesting idea here, that The Lord of the Flies is cynical nonsense, that civilization and simple, humanist values are things we can carry with us wherever we go, as long as we are up to it. A blogger's Boxcar Children-inspired cherry dumplings.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Delicia

    Genre: fiction, chapter book Topic: runaways, life in a boxcar, Theme: independence, trusting adults, becoming self-sufficient, Illustrations: There are very few illustrations in this book. The few there are depict scenes from the story. Use: read aloud, guided reading, independent reading Reading level: Fluent Literary Elements: vivid descriptions Thoughts: Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, four orphaned brothers and sisters, suddenly appear in a small town. No one knows who these young wanderers are o Genre: fiction, chapter book Topic: runaways, life in a boxcar, Theme: independence, trusting adults, becoming self-sufficient, Illustrations: There are very few illustrations in this book. The few there are depict scenes from the story. Use: read aloud, guided reading, independent reading Reading level: Fluent Literary Elements: vivid descriptions Thoughts: Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, four orphaned brothers and sisters, suddenly appear in a small town. No one knows who these young wanderers are or where they have come from. Frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, the children make a home for themselves in an abandoned red boxcar they discover in the woods. Henry, the oldest, goes to town to earn money and buy food and supplies. Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life themselves- until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her. Will delight any child who has fantasized about being on his or her own and overcoming every obstacle. The Boxcar Children is a book for fluent readers. It is a chapter book with multiple lines of text on each page. There are many multi-syllable words.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bookwormdragon

    This is one of the many classics from my childhood. I greatly enjoyed the whole series as a child, and would certainly recommend them to other readers in the targeted age-group, but I can't say that I have an overwhelming urge to re-read them as an adult. The Boxcar Children books fall into what I like to call the 'Library' category: worth checking out from the library, but not worth buying sight-unseen. While young children will probably enjoy them, I doubt that they will want to read most of t This is one of the many classics from my childhood. I greatly enjoyed the whole series as a child, and would certainly recommend them to other readers in the targeted age-group, but I can't say that I have an overwhelming urge to re-read them as an adult. The Boxcar Children books fall into what I like to call the 'Library' category: worth checking out from the library, but not worth buying sight-unseen. While young children will probably enjoy them, I doubt that they will want to read most of them over and over again - so don't bother buying your own copy until you're sure that you (or your children) will want to read them more than once.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Greta

    I never read these as a child and don't think I had much interest in them until searching for more books for my son to read. He's 7, in 2nd grade, but reads on a 5th grade reading level. I'm always trying to find books he can read that are on his level where the content isn't too old for him. This was one of the books I picked off the library shelf in hopes that it would meet that criteria. I thought it was a nice story and look forward to reading a few more of the boxcar books to see how they m I never read these as a child and don't think I had much interest in them until searching for more books for my son to read. He's 7, in 2nd grade, but reads on a 5th grade reading level. I'm always trying to find books he can read that are on his level where the content isn't too old for him. This was one of the books I picked off the library shelf in hopes that it would meet that criteria. I thought it was a nice story and look forward to reading a few more of the boxcar books to see how they may fit with my son's needs. Oh and by the way, I just thought I'd mention that today is 3/3/09. It's a square root combination! (only nine of those per century!)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle [Helen Geek]

    One of the first books I ever had read to me. I remember my third grade teacher - Ms. Murray. I loved this book. I just bought it to read to my grand-girl. Third grade for me was in 1969. Wow! I never read others in the series and frankly didn't know there were others. I hope she likes this one so we can read them all! Happy Reading!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    A re-read of a very beloved book from my childhood. This story seemed so exciting when I read it as a child. Of course as an adult I can see why it probably wasn't a good idea for the children to live alone. It was a fun adventure, though!

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