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The Boxcar Children #1 by Gertrude Chandler Warner

February 8th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: I got this through

Availability: Originally published in 1942 so you need to look for the reprints or in used book stores

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, four orphaned brothers and sisters, suddenly appear in a small town. No one knows who these young wanderers are or where they have come from. Frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, the children make a home for themselves in an abandoned red boxcar they discover in the woods. Henry, the oldest, goes to town to earn money and buy food and supplies.
Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life themselves- until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her. Will delight any child who has fantasized about being on his or her own and overcoming every obstacle.

I read this book as a part of my Revisit Your Childhood Favorite Reads Challenge.  I remember loving this book when I first read it in middle school and it was still a fun book to read again.  It was so different reading a children’s/young adult book from back in the 40s.  It was so straight forward, positive and a grand adventure.  It was also funny to read things that were so different from today, like when $1 was a great wage for a young teen or how trusting people were.  If you have not read this one it’s definitely a classic I would recommend trying out.

Posted in Books, childrens, Young Adult

6 Responses

  1. Raelena

    I loved this series when I was a kid!

  2. Pam

    Oh how I loved these books. I have the whole set from the 60’s print waiting for Addie and Eli along with Nancy Drew!

  3. Allie

    I absolutely loved the Boxcar Children when I was growing up. I think I still have a few somewhere…

    I also want to say that I am looking forward to your review of Feed!

  4. Jess

    I loved The Boxcar Children growing up, I always wanted to live in my own red boxcar. Hahaha.

  5. dsuzuki

    I need to check out the rest of the series. I honestly cannot remember if I read them or not.

    Allie-I really need to get back to Feed. I was having a hard time getting into it so I moved on to something else.

  6. Allie

    It does start out a little rough. I know I had to adjust to the slang and such.

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