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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 |
Four orphans: Benny, Henry, Jessie and Violet Alden, no longer have a home, and fear they will be separated if adopted again. They search for a place to settle, at least for a moment, when they encounter a immobile box car. It is dry, has a door to protect them from the weather, and has stopped on the tracks near a river...it is a home. Henry works for a man in town, performing daily tasks and need to dos, while the other three make-up there home. Foraging for food, kitchen utensils/supplies, and using the environment around them. These kids are independent, hard-working, loving, clever, and above all else, resourceful. ( )
  candyceutter | Oct 13, 2015 |
This is the first in The Boxcar Children series, and it is about the four orphaned siblings who are on the run from their grandfather. They think he will be old and mean and scary, so they make a life for themselves doing odd jobs and salvaging supplies from a nearby dump. I adored this series as a kid, but this re-visitation was kind of... bleh. The kids are all so saccharine they pretty much made my teeth ache. Their ingenuity and optimism are certainly good qualities, but it feels like the darker issues they face (homelessness, sickness, etc.) are glossed over and hidden behind their relentless cheerfulness. ( )
  liannecollins | Sep 5, 2015 |
It’s fascinating with a kids-living-on-their-own story. Without any parents they are running away afraid they will end up with their grandfather - whom they all think is an evil man.

There’s not a bad streak in any of these four kids - or their dog for that matter - it’s all very cozy despite their destitute situation living in an abandoned boxcar. So, well, it’s a good moral story that found an audience and many other books in the series. ( )
  ctpress | Feb 21, 2015 |
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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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