Growing up in North Carolina, my third grade teacher read this series to us and for the next couple of years our favorite game to play was Boxcar Children. Fast forward twenty-five years, and I'm 34 and now living in Connecticut... five miles away from the home of Gertrude Chandler Warner. There's even a Boxcar Children museum. I visit her grave every so often, just to pay tribute to the lovely lady who played such a vital role in my love for great literature.
The very first one that introduces the Boxcar children characters. I had stayed away from the books since I thought it was a new fad in books, but these are actually first copyrighted in 1942! Lots of good work ethic in them just worked into the fabric of the story.
Love this book! Great book about 4 orphans who want to stay together and their fun adventures together. They are so sweet and really look out for each other! A book that you can let your kids read without worrying that they pick up any bad character flaws from it. My 6 year old wanted to read it again, as soon as we were done with it.
This is a fun kids story. I've never read any others from this series, but this one is enjoyable. It stuck with me from my childhood and I just finished reading it to my 7 year old. Even though the story was published ten years before I was born, we both enjoyed it. It has simple sentence structure and would be perfect for a first or second grader to read on their own.
The four siblings avoid going to live with their grandfather because they think he won't like them. They fend for themselves by taking shelter in an abandoned boxcar. They are very creative in caring for themselves and are content in their self built home, then the youngest sister falls ill. The story wraps up nicely with a happy ending.
This is a very good childrens book. It only took me two days to read it. I suggest this book to every kid that wants to start reading a series. I loved this book. As soon as i get the next one done I will post it!
Years later, I still love this book. My 2nd grade teacher read it to us when I was eight. I am reading it with my kids.
I still dream of living in a boxcar, making my own refrigerator in the cool area behind a waterfall and having a dog named watch. I still want to win a "free-for-all" race and live in a kind world with Dr. Moore who helps a sick child right in his own home.
This book will give your 6-8 year old kind daydreams and perhaps imagination and innovation (building a pool!). Warner makes these books poignant by making the kids self-sufficient stars!
One of my favorite books when I was a girl, The Boxcar Children was also a big hit with my children. Wonderful as a bedtime read-aloud or for children just embarking on reading chapter books on their own.