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The Boxcar Children (1942)

by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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"This is my pink cup!" Yes it is, Benny. Very cute story. ( )
  CallMeChristina | Mar 23, 2014 |
Another fine chapter book to read aloud to young listeners. The old time feel and pace of this book was just right. There is a slight mystery that occurs that my 5 year old did not really pick up on - but certainly did not detract from the book. Some old wording that was not updated in our copy but a swift parent could easily modernize while reading. A feel good happy ending story - we will certainly read book 2.

Just went and read some other reviewers - wow some harsh critique out there. I agree with another poster who reminds us all that this a book from the past of course there are gender stereotypes and scenarios that seem unrealistic in modern times...but should we just throw out all the books that do not directly relate to modern times? I think literature is one of the greatest ways to help children relate to a time and place they will never be apart of. ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
Pretty much a staple of my early elementary school years, I read it over and over again. Didn't get too far otherwise in the series - maybe book five? After they leave the boxcar it just got way too goody-goody for my evil childhood mind. Not that they were deviants or anything, but I always wished I had a boxcar to run away to; still do really. ( )
  Zabeth | Dec 9, 2013 |
I read this as a child and of course love love loved it. I would play Boxcar Children endlessly with my two other friends, both girls, who played the sisters, so I played the eldest brother (it was obvious to me his was the best role to have as he knew everything and was the breadwinner and the most calm) and we were minus the youngest brother (who was really more of a pain than anything else). But the whole mystery thing? I tried, but I never got into it. Once they left the boxcar, the fun was over. Re-reading this, I find the writing to be rather simple and repetitive, but it's a kids book, and kids books at that time weren't allowed to have words over ten letters long, or some such. ( )
  AmberTheHuman | Aug 30, 2013 |
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  RNagy | May 17, 2013 |
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An impeccable production of a compelling story...
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Deal, L. KateIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery.
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A wonderful children's book...
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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!
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[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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Four orphans take shelter in an old boxcar during a storm, and, determined to make it their own, they turn it into a safe, cozy home.

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