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The Railway Children (1906)

by E. Nesbit

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When their father is sent away to prison, three London children move to the country where they keep busy preventing accidents on the nearby railway, making many new friends, and generally learning a good deal about themselves.
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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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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 |
I wanted to like this one but it really dragged for me. Part of Y4 lit for upper grammar. ( )
  mullinstreetzoo | Feb 12, 2021 |
Oh, lovely. Not at all the story I thought it was - somehow I'd gotten the impression they were living on their own, maybe in an old railway car. This is a very sweet (but not saccharine) story. The kids quarrel and mess up and make up and do great things on multiple levels - from making a birthday party for a friend to saving lives, several times. There are coincidences that drive the story a bit, but they work. There's also one magnificent description of a small landslide - walking trees. It's a lot of fun, and probably worth a reread in a while, too. ( )
1 vote jjmcgaffey | Jun 27, 2020 |
I've always loved E.Nesbit's stories, but somehow missed reading this one until now. Just as lovely and old-fashioned as the rest :) ( )
1 vote Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
I had always thought I had read this book but there were loads of passages I don't ever remember like Perks birthday and rescuing a baby from a boat or the taking in of the Russian gentleman (oh the irony!)

It is true that Edith Nesbit was a bit of a lefty-type. These are the heady days of pre-WWI Britain. The three children move from their life in the city when their father is mysteriously 'sent away' (we later find out that he has been wrongly convicted and sent to prison for treason.

However, my word the children are virtuous. No children are that thoughful surely? Too good to be true, maybe they are being so thoughtful cause their is nothing else to fill their days with, no school or learning just 'hanging about the raliway'.

However the ending is extremely poignant and gut-wrenching. Would definitely recommend the book for that alone. ( )
1 vote mick745 | Apr 8, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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
Ward, JohannaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, JacquelineIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my dear Son
behind whose knowledge of railways
my ignorance confidently shelters
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When their father is sent away to prison, three London children move to the country where they keep busy preventing accidents on the nearby railway, making many new friends, and generally learning a good deal about themselves.

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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

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Editions: 1400101891, 1400108829

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