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The Railway Children (1906)

by E. Nesbit

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When Father goes away with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are shattered. They and their mother have to move from their comfortable London home to go and live in a simple country cottage, where Mother writes books to make ends meet.
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    Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (jpers36)
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    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming (Inky_Fingers)
    Inky_Fingers: Both about families on a great adventure, though Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has a little more fantasy in it than The Railway Children.
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    No Boats on Bannermere by Geoffrey Trease (themulhern)
    themulhern: A family leaves the city and moves to the country and make their way there, overcoming difficulties.
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    The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit (Inky_Fingers)
    Inky_Fingers: Both are by E. Nesbit, and both non-fantasy works.
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    A Different Kind of Courage by Ellen Howard (bookel)
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    Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (bookworm12)
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    A Ride with Huey the Engineer by Jesse Stuart (infiniteletters)
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    The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis (themulhern)
    themulhern: C. S. Lewis asserted that Nesbit was one of his influences for the Narnia books. In this book, the predicament is a very ill mother, rather than an incarcerated father.
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Read mostly because I'd recently read The Boxcar Children and also because I used to love E. Nesbit's fantasy stories and have been trying to remember for a while whether the thing where the elephant? statues come to life? or the children sleep in them? or am I confusing that with Les Miserables somehow? -- whether that was one of hers, or maybe Edward Eager's, and you never know it might have been this one.

It was not this one, which had no statues, hollow, elephant or otherwise, and was a fantasy only to the extent that these children save a frankly incredible number of lives while also remaining persistently oblivious to the social norms they keep crashing through in asking people for help with, variously, the inconveniences of their sudden poverty due to the mysterious disappearance of their father(*), birthday presents for their friend, solving another friend's problems, finding their father, etc.

I do love the turn of phrase "repeating and repeating like a tune that you don't know the stopping part of" which is a neat way of describing an earworm before the term "earworm" was invented.

(*) He was falsely imprisoned. Again fantastically he is vindicated and reunited with his children in the final scene of the book, during which coincidentally my eyes were cruelly assaulted by the fumes of the onion that was sitting in the other room. ( )
  zeborah | Feb 5, 2022 |
Thoughtful
  AyeshaFarid | Oct 4, 2021 |
It's hard for me to dislike a Nesbit book(I think Water Magic is the only one I never finished) , so this one was average. Though the kids are fun, the stories are dated. Oddly enough, it could probably have fit into any time between 1840-1960 but, now, you would spend too much time explaining details to make it much fun. Though, I'm highly jealous, as always, of the seemingly limitless amount of unstructured time. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Memorable. ( )
  Eurekas | Aug 19, 2021 |
This is a classic children's novel written at the turn of the twentieth century. The story involves a family in which the father was mysteriously taken away leaving the mother and three children to downsize and live a life of more moderate means in a rural area. Near the home is a train track and train station and the kids have several exciting adventures connected in part to that fact, I can see why the novel is loved and believe that even children today would enjoy the book. ( )
  muddyboy | Feb 17, 2021 |
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Nesbit, E.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aiken, JoanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brock, C. E.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Collins, TonyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Courbet, GustaveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cresswell, HelenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dryhurst, DinahIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, IngaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parker-Naples, AnnaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ruddock, ClaireCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Savage, KarenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my dear Son
PAUL BLAND
behind whose knowledge of railways
my ignorance confidently shelters
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When Father goes away with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are shattered. They and Mother have to move from their comfortable London home to go and live in a simple country cottage, where Mother writes books to make ends meet. However, they soon come to love the railway that runs near their cottage, and they make a habit of waving every day to the Old Gentleman who rides on it. They befriend the porter Perks, and through him learn railway lore and much else. They have many adventures and when they save a train from disaster, they are helped by the Old Gentleman to solve the mystery of Father's disappearance, and the family is happily reunited.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141321601, 0141808438

Hachette Book Group

2 editions of this book were published by Hachette Book Group.

Editions: 1587172801, 1587172798

Tantor Media

2 editions of this book were published by Tantor Media.

Editions: 1400101891, 1400108829

 

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