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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 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. The writing is uninspired, the situations are improbable, and the stories aren't even mysteries! What a letdown. View all 7 comments. Oct 14, Brooke rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-i-own , boxcar-children. I read this in 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 I read this in when I was in 3rd grade and just loved it. Kids reading it should not be changed or affected by the gender stereotypes because they should be able to understand that in the past, things were very different than how they are now. To children reading this when it was re-released in , children who had been through the great depression, this book told them what kind of people they should be Good lessons for kids in any time period, including today. History of it, for those interested People think it came out in But they often don't know this actually came out in but few copies were made and it is extremely hard to find an original.
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The books is very different from the current version. I do have one, and many things were changed. Some of the characters names are different, there are a lot more adventures in the book the current version is shortened , and the kids actual mom and dad are included in the beginning of the book before they died and it was a bit darker, because apparently they got drunk a lot and were not said to be good parents- so if you thought it was odd that the kids aren't upset over their dead parents, well, maybe that's why.
The book was also a lot more descriptive than now. But anyway, it was published by a different company in Then, in , it was re-published but the new company had the author re-write it to simplify it for younger children to read. That's why there are all the changes.
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The current version, the version, is the same as the version you read today. Feb 01, Stacy rated it did not like it Recommends it for: babies. 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 I wanted to read this book because my mom said it was one of her favorites from her childhood. The children are always happy when they're working, never seem to miss their parents or complain about sleeping in a haystack or a boxcar, and never even think about getting on each other's nerves.
Would I have liked this if I had read it as a child? A very, very young, innocent child? Were any of us ever that innocent? View all 4 comments. 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. 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 interest My love for reading was formed during my early years and I can clearly remember the books that brought it about.
This book deserves a nod for creating two reading interests for me: the mystery and the series. I can now laugh at the far-fetched premise of orphaned children living in a boxcar solving mysteries but at the time, I was hooked. Dec 20, Esti rated it it was amazing Shelves: children-ya-media-class. 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 s 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. Benny's pink cup, the swimming pool, the wonderful domesticity of everything, to the point of spending scarce money on salt and stockings just to remain civilized.
I've always been an enthusiastic player of the game 'House,' and to this day books like the Boxcar Children are the only reason my dishes get washed in a timely manner. I also found that one of the most discomfiting features of the graphic novel is its rampant use of contractions, which Ms. Warner seemed to avoid as much as possible, even at the cost of some realism. When I finished the novel and was tempted to read on in the series, I suddenly remembered how little use I'd had for the rest of the books Children today and of my generation, and probably one or two before it don't really have those skills--when adolescent boys carry knives now they are rarely for whittling, and I certainly didn't learn how to cook a nice stew until I was well past childhood.
But we all wish we did, and we hope that our own triumphs are as courageous and innovative as making a proper home out of an old train car.
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In its way, this book has the same appeal as a fantasy novel, where the protagonists usually heroines, in my library learn all sorts of magic and swordplay by their twelfth birthdays. Though to my more or less adult eyes, the story is quite dated, the world the Alden children live in is absolutely magical, and I'm so happy to have revisited it. 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. 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. View 1 comment. 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. View all 3 comments. This is the book that made me a reader. I know many people don't have any way of knowing this, so I'm so grateful that I know. I still remember the day I walked into my 5th grade classroom in , and there was a little bookshelf in the corner with a green beanbag.
It was my first time in an American classroom, and I had never read an English book before. My homeroom teacher told us that if we read anything there, she'd give us a sticker! So I went, sat on the beanbag, and looked at the books. I found this one, with a group of kids and this bright red train on the cover. So I opened it, and to my delight, there were drawings! I loved the drawings, and I loved the four kids, their dog, and their boxcar. I remember connecting to the children so much, despite not being an orphan or in the s, because I was so overwhelmed at this new world. And these kids were, too, but they had each other.
I had them. They were determined to survive, no matter what, and so was I. I've read almost every single book in this series, and the first is still the one I know and remember the most. And of course, love the most. Rereading now, exactly 10 years later, I see how simple the language is. The concept is also pretty freaking crazy if you think about it - these kids in the middle of the woods somehow manage to not die for a month. But still! I love it. I will always love them. When I wasn't very familiar to reading English, this helped.
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This little tiny book encouraged me to keep reading about their adventures, to keep improving my English, to keep reading. I'll forever be thankful for these four kids.
Jun 13, Jess Owens rated it really liked it. These have to be the worlds most well behaved and unrealistic children of all time but I love them. It was fun to read again as an adult. Jun 12, Kris Irvin rated it it was amazing. 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 I read The Boxcar Children as a child. It's been a great experience to read these and re-live my childhood while sharing the magic of the story with my son. Fantastic book no matter how old you are. I love how cute and mildly antiquated it is.
I love the characters and how the children are so good. They're good to each other, they work hard, they try try try. They are great little people and I am happy to have them be in my son's imagination - I mean, I'd rather have these sweet little children being his imaginary friends than having violent Batman or whiny Caillou be his imaginary friend. Apr 11, Leslie rated it it was amazing. 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 , 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 and it is still relevant, perhaps even more so, today. I love that these children are respectful I loved these books as a child. I love that these children are respectful, support each other, work hard, and never lose faith that things will somehow be alright.
Most recent printings of the book are based on the edition. Finding an abandoned boxcar, the children start a new life of independence. Henry ends up working various odd jobs in a nearby city for a young doctor Dr. McAllister in the edition, Dr. Moore in later editions , in order to earn money for food. He also does gardening for the doctor's mother. In one case, she let him take home some parsnips and carrots he had picked because they were too small. The children's lives are pleasant and full of hard work until Violet becomes ill and they go to the doctor for assistance.
They had run away because they thought he was cruel. I have eight hardback books all written by Gertrude Warner and part of the Boxcar Children mysteries. Acceptable to very good condition. Front cover is creased, back cover is torn. However, because it is cheap, it is slower than other choices. Hawaii and Alaska take a minimum of 1 month. The Boxcar Children : Snowbound Mystery Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny once lived on their own in a boxcar. The Boxcar Children 1.
Mountain Top Mystery 9. Mystery in the Sand Snowbound Mystery The Next three are in a box, with one missing from the boxed set. The next four are a boxed set. Bicycle Mystery The Boxcar Children. Winter Special 1 - The Mystery on the Ice - 1st printing - small stain back cover. Some writing. By Gertrude Chandler Warner. The clocks sound loudly at every hour, especially at midnight, when the children are treated to a hilarious concert of chirping, clanging, chiming, and gonging. Special wear to the spine, overall cover wear, very small tear to last page. Random selection of 50 boxcar children's chapter books!
Often within 1 hour. With a little instruction and the right gear, the Aldens have everything they need to begin their search. Up for sale is this very nice set of books of The Boxcar Children series. The books are paperback and are in very good condition with clean pages and tight bindings. Light Cover Wear. Spines in Very Good Condition. Light Edge Wear. No Staining in Books. No Creases.
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Photos are of the actual item. On orders placed before 1pm CST. Binding in good condition. Pages show some coloring of age. Ex library book with very minimal writing. The Boxcar Children 23 The book you will receive has the. Pages : no problems. Inside Back Cover : no problems. The Boxcar Children : 51 : Mystery on the Train. Most published by Scholastic. The books are in used condition, good reading copies. Results Pagination - Page 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Hot this week in Boxcar Children Books.