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I had mixed feelings about the Boxcar Children. First, I enjoyed reading about the inventive and resourceful personalities of the children. For example, after finding an abandoned boxcar to live in, the four orphans created a make-shift refrigerator and were able to attain pots, pans, and dishes. The orphans' attempts to take care of themselves was entertaining and extremely interesting.

However, I did not care for the overall plot of this book. The children spend the majority of the book running away from their grandfather, who they believe is mean. Apparently the grandfather hated his daughter in law (the children's mother). At the end of the book, we find out that the grandfather is extremely rich and wants to dote on the orphans. The author never explains why the children assumed the grandfather is mean. She only says that, "grandfather did not like mother." I was disappointed that the author never addressed the emotional Alden family dynamics. The specifics of the children's predicament were glossed over.
The big picture message of this book is that one should always rely on their family. ( )
  ElanaRubinstein | Apr 30, 2016 |
The rest of the series is complete crap, but there is something classic and wonderful about children digging through trash to find cups for their milk. To this day I remember that they kept their glass milk jug (!) cold in the nearby stream. This book was clearly the prelude to my post-apocalyptic fantasies. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
lovev this whole series ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
I read this as a child, but I remember liking it at the time. Loved the ingenuity of the children in finding ways to make do with what they had. ( )
  Malora | Jan 18, 2016 |
I read the Boxcar Children books over an over when I was a kid. I think the librarian got tired of checking them out to me! ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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An impeccable production of a compelling story...
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One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery.
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A wonderful children's book...
One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them. NO one knew where they had come from.
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are a family. They're brothers and sisters - and they're orphans, too. The only way they can stay together is to try and make it on their own. But where will they live?
One night, during a storm, the children find an old red boxcar that keeps them warm and safe. The children decide to make it their home and become The Boxcar Children!
[Personally, I have no idea who the Alden family is - I was hunting for the series I read in 5th grade - The Boxcar Children.]
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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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