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The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children,…

The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children… (original 1950; edition 1989)

by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Author), L. Kate Deal (Illustrator)

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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.
Title:The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)
Authors:Gertrude Chandler Warner (Author)
Other authors:L. Kate Deal (Illustrator)
Info:Albert Whitman & Company (1989), Edition: Reprint, 154 pages
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The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (1950)


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What a fun reread! It was every bit as delightful as I remembered. Didactic yet utterly charming. The fierce independence of the Alden children is fantastic. There's also a humor element in the absurdity of it all that wasn't there for me as a child. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jul 23, 2021 |
Many years ago, my mother would read aloud the Boxcar Children books to my brother and I. We read many many books together for many years, but the Boxcar Children are perhaps the ones I remember most. Now, perhaps it's time to start passing that along to my own children.

From a child's perspective, it's a wonderful little book. The children are on a grand adventure, escapism idealized. They work together to not only survive but thrive without any adults telling them what to do. They get to make their own house in the woods and have a dog and everything ends up all right in the end.

From an adult's, it's got a few more problems. While the Boxcar and their surroundings are details, the children themselves don't seem that different from one another other than age. And they never fight. Uh huh. I have three children. They fight. And at least this time around, nothing bad ever happens to them.

There are actually some pretty good lessons in this book. Keep clean and orderly, make use of what you have, build an oven rather than lighting the woods on fire. The children are extremely independent in a world where that seems increasingly rare. They're good role models.

I look forward to reading more of the Boxcar children books to my children. At least Gertrude Chandler Warner's original 19. Perhaps all how-many-ever hundred there are now. :D
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  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
I have always heard such good things about this children's series...but never took the time to read any of the books. This year I decided to make a concentrated effort to revisit favorite books/series that I love and to finally read books I've always wanted to read. This series made the list. I'm so glad I took the time finally to enjoy this sweet story! I enjoyed it enough to read more!

The Boxcar Children series was originally started in the 1920's. Gertrude Chandler Warner was a first grade teacher, and wanted to write an adventure story for young children. This first book was originally published in 1924, but revised, edited and re-released in 1942. Warner added 18 more books to the series, starting with Surprise Island in 1949. More than 132 books were added to the series by other authors, as well as a couple spin off series. I can understand why -- this adventure story is sweet, engaging and fun to read. I'm 50 years old, and still loved this tale of four children who want to stay together at all costs after the loss of their parents.

This first story introduces Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny. After being orphaned, they are roaming and working to survive as a family. They have a grandfather, but they are afraid of him. They find an abandoned boxcar near a town and make it their home. They trust very few people because they are afraid of being sent to an orphanage and split up. They have quite the adventure! Great story for kids and adults!

I listened to the audio book version of this story (Oasis Audio). Narrated by Aimee Lilly, the audio is just under 2 hours long. Lilly reads at a nice, steady pace and has a pleasant voice. She gave a great performance. This audio would be fun and interesting for both kids and adults.

I'm definitely going to keep reading this series. It's happy, innocent and enjoyable. Sometimes I need a "feel good'' story, even if it was written for young children. :) ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
I loved this book as a kid. I owned it and read it time and again. Reading it at age 40... it doesn't hold up so well. There's little substance to the book. The voice is quaint though rings as stilted, even for a period piece. What I still like best is the 'competence porn' aspect: these kids are great at surviving on their own. I loved their inventiveness like their behind-the-waterfall fridge and the way they rummage in the junkyard for tools and devices to repurpose. The gender roles are pretty strict, though, and wow does the ending come across as heavy-handed with the 'shun luxury, live best through simplicity' vibe. Very like Heidi, really, another childhood favorite that I re-read last year that awed me with its heavy message. I was also struck by the idea that as poorly-off as these kids are, with their parents dead and being homeless, they are still privileged. This would be a very different book if they weren't white. ( )
  ladycato | Oct 17, 2020 |
This book was one of my childhood favorites. I loved reading how the four orphaned children made a home out of an old boxcar. ( )
  angeljoy | Aug 30, 2020 |
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Gertrude Chandler Warnerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Deal, L. KateIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gregory, Dorothy LakeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery.
(1924 ed.) About seven o'clock one hot summer evening a strange family moved into the little village of Middlesex.
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ISBNs 1602705860 / 0807528676 / 1453220135 / 0329701819 / 1616412135
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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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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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