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The Boxcar Children

by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Read by Phyllis Newman

Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group | April 11, 2006 | Audio Book (CD)

The Boxcar Children is rated 4.8333 out of 5 by 6.
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 for themselves–until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.85 × 5.17 × 0.61 in

Published: April 11, 2006

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307284042

ISBN - 13: 9780307284044

Appropriate for ages: 6

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Modern Children's Classic Reason for Reading: This is another book from the Random Bookshelf that I am reading from this year.The Boxcar Children have played a big part in my and my children's lives. I intend to acquire a complete set of the first 19 books (the others hold no interest to me) and keep them as keepers on my juvenile shelves for my future grandchildren. When I read these books from the library is the mid '70s, they were hardcover's with picture boards and I was entranced with them. I'd always go over an pick one out to read whether I'd read it before or not. For my oldest son, who was a very young, strong reader, these were his first chapter books that he read for his own personal pleasure. Due to my business as a used book dealer at the time of his childhood, we went to a lot of garage sales on Saturdays and he would always take a Boxcar Children book with him in the car and have it finished before we'd finished garage sailing. He had a huge collection of all the newer books and super specials, etc. For my younger son, these were his first chapter book read alouds and he loved him so much. I think he and his dad read about 8 of them when he was about five. Now having just re-read this one again I'm fairly confident he could read it himself so I'm going to set it aside for him and let him have a go in the near future. Although the books in this series always have a mystery to solve, this first book does not really have a mystery other than the children themselves. Orphans who have runaway because they don't want to stay with a mean, old grandfather they've never met. They stumble across an old boxcar and set up house in there, which is a lot of fun seeing how these children work so diligently to create a simple home for themselves. The writing style throughout the series is also very high interest while keeping to a simple 3rd grade reading level. I honestly can't remember the stories of any of the other books offhand but I do especially love this first book as it is the only one of the series to be illustrated by L. Kate Deal in stunning silhouette art. One can tell the story takes place long ago with the girls in dresses and kerchiefs and the boys in short pants and long stockings but the darkness and absence of detail leave much to the imagination. Even if you have no intention on reading the series as a whole, "The Boxcar Children" itself is a modern classic to be enjoyed by all.
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best series I read as a child I adored these books when I was younger, I could not get enough! The four children, orphans, are great to follow along in their quest for a home, and through the adventures they find along the way. I found it very sweet later in the series, once they had a place to live, and were safe and sound. A great read for all children, and there are so many in the series, they will last for a long time.
Date published: 2008-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Boxcar Children are a Delight!! I started reading these great books about 4 orphaned children years ago as an early teen and fell in love. At 24 I am still excited with each book I collect in this series. It is a wonderful world to enter for any curious young reader from the ages of 9 and up. Follow these independant children from orphanhood to family fun with a simple understanding and a yearning to have fun. One mystery after another and you will fall in love too.
Date published: 2008-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Boxcar Rocks I think this book is rated by me and some other people a 5 star book because Gertude Warner uses a children's eyeview to write this book. It is mainly about some ophaned children that try to make it out on their own.
Date published: 2002-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Boxcar Children#1 I think this book was excellent! It started off where they had no home, but they ended up with their grandfather, who is RICH! (Whom they thought was mean) I liked this book because they lived alone, in a BOXCAR! They also went and lived with hardly anything to do with adults!
Date published: 2001-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Boxcar Children The Boxcar Children is an excellent tale about 4 orphaned children. They are afraid to go to their grandfather, so they find a boxcar in the woods and move in. This is an adventurous story for 9-12 year olds.
Date published: 2000-07-06

– More About This Product –

The Boxcar Children

by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Read by Phyllis Newman

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.85 × 5.17 × 0.61 in

Published: April 11, 2006

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307284042

ISBN - 13: 9780307284044

About the Book

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 for themselves– until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her.

From the Publisher

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 for themselves–until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her.

About the Author

Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in 1890, where she and her family lived across the street from train station in Putnam, Connecticut. Warner was sickly as a child and poor health prevented her from finishing high school. During World War I, a shortage of teachers prompted the local school board to hire her to teach first grade, a position she held for over 30 years. She wrote the first Boxcar book in 1942, while home recuperating from an illness, thinking back to her childhood and the train station across the street from her home, and how she had wondered what it would be like to live on a train. The independent Alden children became so popular that Warner wrote 19 adventures about them with titles such as "Surprise Island,""Mystery Ranch," and "Snowbound Mystery." Warner died at age 89 in 1979, but the Boxcar Children are still being written about by a team of writers faithful to Warner's vision.

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