The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children 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 g

  • Title: The Boxcar Children
  • Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • ISBN: 9780807508510
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Library Binding
  • 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 monHenry, 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.This story will delight any child who has fantasized about being on his or her own and overcoming every obstacle.

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    1. I read this book as a child and oh, did I ever cherish it. I'm a detail-oriented person, and this book speaks to the super organized control freak in me. Warner weaves so many details into the lives of the Boxcar children that, as a young'un, I found myself mentally picturing their home in exquisite detail. Over a decade since I last read it, I still remember the milk kept cool by the waterfall, or the kids carrying the cherries back to the boxcar between them. These details are the strength of [...]

    2. When I was young, around the age of 7 I think, my mother was hospitalized for several months. I went to stay with my aunt and uncle. I missed my parents dreadfully. One warm afternoon while wandering around around on their property, I found a box of old books in a barn of sorts. I picked up The Boxcar Children and begain to read. My loneliness disappeared, and my life changed forever. The story pulled me in and I couldn't put it down. I felt as if I was a part of their adventures and the boxcar. [...]

    3. I never came across this book as a child - presumably it did not cross the Atlantic to the UK where I grew up on a diet of the Secret Seven and the Famous Five. So I thought I would check it out now as it sits at the top of many popularity lists.Having read all the reviews I think many people must be giving it five stars just for nostalgia value because to an adult outsider like me it certainly does not get five stars for content! However it is a nice, child friendly story with a degree of actio [...]

    4. I absolutely LOVE this book and the entire BOXCAR CHILDREN series!!! Seeing this on a list of the Top 100 Children's Books, I simply had to add it to my shelves. It was the book that pulled me in - hook, line, and sinker - as a passionate reader and supporter of public libraries. And praise be, many of my grandchildren are now discovering the magical joy of reading and have contemporary copies of this wonderful series, too. For more titles on the Top 100 Children's Books list: /blog/show/643-th [...]

    5. Never having read any of The Boxcar Children series as a kid, a friend recently gave me a copy of an ebook comprising the first 12 volumes to see what I missed out on. As a boy, I had been a fan of Enid Blyton's books, which were largely set in Britain, so I was curious to see how something similar from the US would read. I had also read that The Boxcar Children series is still very popular among kids despite having started in the 1940s.As the book was first published 70 years ago, I was expecti [...]

    6. I read this in 1993 when I was in 3rd grade and just loved it. I never thought of all the gender stereotypes because I knew that it was an old book and you often see that in old books. Come on, there is a "horse and cart" coming down the road, the boys are wearing short pants and stockings, and the girls have on kerchiefs over their heads. Clearly this is not a modern book and we don't need to expect it to be modern. Kids reading it should not be changed or affected by the gender stereotypes bec [...]

    7. My love for reading was formed during my early years and I can clearly remember the books that brought it about. The picture books were all a blur of toddling first steps, a means to get to the main event…chapter books. I was never the child you had to force to check out the “big kids’ books”, I was the one that had to be reminded of the checkout limit. To be submerged in an ocean of bound together written words was and still is divine!!!This book deserves a nod for creating two reading [...]

    8. If I had just given this a rating instead of feeling the need to re-read it, I would have clicked five stars and moved on with my life. I remember REALLY liking these books when I was a kid. And I like to think of myself as fundamentally the same person. Turns out, The Boxcar Children series is terrible! The only reason I gave it two stars was out of respect for the sliver of memory I have left of enjoying it. The writing is uninspired, the situations are improbable, and the stories aren't even [...]

    9. I wanted to read this book because my mom said it was one of her favorites from her childhood. She said she identified with the children who had to take care of themselves. I don't think that's a compliment to my grandparents. Anyway, reading this makes me realize how much children's literature has changed. The plot is like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - orphan siblings using their own resources to help themselves. But the tone is so sugary sweet it gives me a toothache. The c [...]

    10. Bonus review (not following the rules, but very heartfelt): I re-read this book out of sheer nostalgia, after typing up my review of the very unfortunate graphic novel adaptation. Though I probably read it a dozen times as a child, I hadn't looked at it since about fourth grade. I was impressed, when I read the graphic novel, how much I remembered from the original Benny's pink cup, the swimming pool, the wonderful domesticity of everything, to the point of spending scarce money on salt and stoc [...]

    11. A novel about orphan siblings whom ran away from their grandfather that they never saw and knew he would treat them badly, as he didn't like their late mother. The story ending is wise as it turns out into a great conclusion.To sum up, sometimes the things we are most frightened of are the things we should, actually, embrace with all our senses. Finally, never close your ears of what you thought was the mere truth, everything needs consistent testing and evaluation by both our mind and heart.

    12. I happened to stumble across this and I was addicted to these when I was younger so I thought a re-read was in order. It was a little different than I remember but just as charming. I can see why I wanted to live in a boxcar when I was little. However, there is some weird gender things and other stuff that I never would have noticed as a child but seems glaringly obvious and weird as an adult. Overall reading it again was a heck of a lot of fun.

    13. hahaha wow this is such a weird story! But also just the kind of thing I like. I mean who wouldn't want to set up a little house in an old boxcar in the woods and eat delicious food and play in the creek.In closing, I have two words: CHERRY. DUMPLINGS.

    14. I read all of these books as a child and I loved them. great books for kids but beware it might want to make your kids live in a boxcar I know it made me want to and my mother just laughed at me when I told her so 😑

    15. I read The Boxcar Children as a child. I think I was 7 or 8 when I started reading them. It was the first series I ever collected and I loved these books. I wanted to introduce them to my 5 year old. He's mildly autistic and has a very short attention span, but surprisingly, he sits still and listens to the story here. He loves Benny and Watch, and though he may not understand all of what is happening, I think he is getting the gist of it all. It's been a great experience to read these and re-li [...]

    16. I loved these books as a child. I just re-read this one again, now as an adult. In reading many of the comments made here, I realize that most of you may not know this book was published in 1942, right after the Great Depression. This is a book about children who start off with nothing, but managed to survive and even thrive on their own resourcefulness. This was probably a very powerful book in 1942 and it is still relevant, perhaps even more so, today. I love that these children are respectful [...]

    17. Ahh, this just stirs up happy childhood memories. I loved this book and series so much. It is one of those series that our family lends out all the time,

    18. A re-read of a very beloved book from my childhood. This story seemed so exciting when I read it as a child. Of course as an adult I can see why it probably wasn't a good idea for the children to live alone. It was a fun adventure, though!

    19. What a sweet re-visit to childhood! A story of siblings who are unrealistically kind to each other, sharing, resourceful, and a little too picture perfect in all their friends and family, but a fun children's adventure nonetheless. Who didn't want to have their own little boxcar home as a child?

    20. A nice nostalgia read courtesy of Worldreader Mobile and Open Road Media. I was so glad to find that the ebook has the gorgeous illustrations by L. Kate Deal, which make living in a boxcar and eating stew made of castoff runt vegetables just seem even that much more idyllic:The Alden siblings divide loaves of bread.Dumpster diving! Benny finds a pink cup.Jessie stirs stew made from tiny vegetables.Although not without creepy Pleasantville moments ("'Tomorrow will be Sunday, and I can stay at hom [...]

    21. Genre: fiction, chapter bookTopic: runaways, life in a boxcar, Theme: independence, trusting adults, becoming self-sufficient,Illustrations: There are very few illustrations in this book. The few there are depict scenes from the story.Use: read aloud, guided reading, independent readingReading level: FluentLiterary Elements: vivid descriptionsThoughts:Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, four orphaned brothers and sisters, suddenly appear in a small town. No one knows who these young wanderers are o [...]

    22. This is one of the many classics from my childhood. I greatly enjoyed the whole series as a child, and would certainly recommend them to other readers in the targeted age-group, but I can't say that I have an overwhelming urge to re-read them as an adult. The Boxcar Children books fall into what I like to call the 'Library' category: worth checking out from the library, but not worth buying sight-unseen. While young children will probably enjoy them, I doubt that they will want to read most of t [...]

    23. I never read these as a child and don't think I had much interest in them until searching for more books for my son to read. He's 7, in 2nd grade, but reads on a 5th grade reading level. I'm always trying to find books he can read that are on his level where the content isn't too old for him. This was one of the books I picked off the library shelf in hopes that it would meet that criteria. I thought it was a nice story and look forward to reading a few more of the boxcar books to see how they m [...]

    24. One of the first books I ever had read to me. I remember my third grade teacher - Ms. Murray. I loved this book. I just bought it to read to my grand-girl. Third grade for me was in 1969. Wow! I never read others in the series and frankly didn't know there were others. I hope she likes this one so we can read them all!Happy Reading!

    25. 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.

    26. I believe it was my second grade teacher who read this to our class. All I have is fond memories of childhood escapism, kids being able to forge their own way in the world without depending on adults.

    27. This was a favorite of mine when I was a child. I checked it out of the library many times, and shared the story with my sister (three years younger than I am). It fit right into our favorite form of play -- she always wanted imaginary animals, and I wanted at least one young child, and then we'd set about playing house, whether it be in the backyard, our bedroom, or under a pine tree in the mountains. (Of course, no adults were involved. Maybe we assumed the parents had abandoned us.)It's a who [...]

    28. Grade/Interest Level – Upper Elementary (3rd-5th)Reading Level: Lexile 490LGenre: Realistic FictionMain Characters: Henry, Jessie, Violet and BennySetting: Rural area in a fictitious town and in a boxcarPOV: NarratorRating: 5 starsThis story is about 4 orphaned siblings (Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny) and their search for the necessities of life, namely food and shelter. The children stick together by helping each other find food and comforting each other when resources run scarce. They pret [...]

    29. Warner, Gertrude Chandler. The Boxcar Children. Illinois: Albert Whitman & Company, 1977. Print.Genre: Children’s Chapter BookThe Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner is about four orphans running away from their orphanage due to mistreatment. They find a boxcar and make it into their home because they fear their legal guardian, their grandfather. While living in the boxcar, they encounter some issues that determine their future will not be as they’d hope living on their own. Thi [...]

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