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The Boxcar Children Books 1-4 Paperback – Box set, September 1, 1990
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About the Author
Alan Warner is the author of three previous novels: Morvern Callar, soon to be a film by Lynn Ramsay; These Demented Lands, which won the 1998 Encore Award; and The Sopranos, also soon to be a film.
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The book was written in the 1942 by a teacher who cleverly used only the 500 most common words in the English language to create a very easy to read, yet exciting, beginning chapter book for 7 and 8 year olds. Most of the story concerns the children's sense of fun and boundless resourcefulness, as they take care of themselves, all the while being cheerful and thankful for what they have. Children who are ready for a chapter book will be delighted to find this one is very easy to read. They will enjoy the children's adventure of living in the woods without adults, and, of course, it has a very happy ending. This book is the first (and I think the best) of a very long series of adventures for the Boxcar Children.
This is one of the many books that helped me develop a great love for reading. As an educator, I can now say that this is one of the literary gems out there that is timeless for students (and adults) of all ages to enjoy.
Are the characters kind, polite, and "good"? Yes! Is the setting unfamiliar to today's kids? Yes! Isn't this what we should be wanting to introduce to our children? Please, yes! I am disappointed that the publishers have tried to "update" the books by modernizing the pictures on the covers (1980's--talk about outdated!) instead of staying true to the time period. Let our kids see how people dressed and the kinds of things they had. Let them experience healthy, kind relationships. Fill them with good examples, rather than expecting them to only care for the familiar reality of their own lives that is so often lacking moral good.
One other note--only the first 19 books are the original stories written by Mrs. Warner. The publisher decided to continue the series due to popularity, but I wouldn't count on the same quality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My niece read and reread the first 4 she is 7 and a voracious readerPublished 6 days ago by john winn
My 8 year old grandson has a form of autism and does not like reading. I bought these books for him and his mom told me he is enjoys reading them. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Susan H.
Great books! All of our kids enjoy these. I like to have the kids read them to me too!!Published 16 days ago by ANNA
Haven't started this series yet but it was recommended by a teacher-friend to help get my son interested in reading. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Sidney Vance
Little Neph enjoyed his gift and these books definitely bring back nostalgia.Published 27 days ago by C.Tran