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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146634783X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466347830
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,183,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-7-This dramatic adaptation of the 1906 classic by E. Nesbit is read by an ensemble cast of four actors. They read with conviction and help the story come alive. The story is told from the monster's point of view, a more immediate and engaging way than Nesbit's use of a narrator. It presents a loving family of three children who pull closer to their mother after their father mysteriously disappears one evening after dinner. The family is forced to move from their rather posh home in the city to a simple one in the country, and often have to "make due." The railway plays an important part in their lives. The adaptation includes all of the major events in the book, and there is a smooth transition from one adventure to another. Minor characters are foils against which the family reacts and there is no real character development, more just a series of incidents and coincidences building to the father's return. This is a comforting version for fans of Nesbit, and one that will attract new converts.
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Washington, DC
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Her child characters were remarkable in her day because they are so entirely human. They are intelligent, vain, aggressive, humorous, witty, cruel, compassionate... in fact, they are like adults." --Gore Vidal

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I read this book to my four year daughter.
Moonlight Reader
I would recommend this book for anyone who loves to read children's books.
Lisa/Edkela
The story's ending is actually very moving in its simple way.
kennedy19

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Moonlight Reader on August 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Railway Children is a wonderful book. When the book begins, the three children, Roberta (Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis are living a lovely, secure life at Edgecomb Villa. Their father returns home after being away on business, two unknown men come to visit him in the evening after supper, and he simply disappears. Neither the reader nor the children know what has happened to him until Bobbie makes a chance discovery and learns the horrible truth.
In the intervening time, their mother, a capable and charming woman, takes her children to live in the country near a railway station, because they must "play at being poor for a while." The children handle their new situation with grace and wit, spending hours hanging about the railway station and generally keeping themselves busy, and in the process becoming fast friends with the porter, Perks, and the station master. They also become acquainted with their own old gentleman who lends a hand to help them time and again.
Bobbie is the oldest and sweetest of the children, with a longing to be truly good. Peter is the boy, who is madly in love with trains, stubbornly refuses to pushed around, and exhibits an extraordinary courage in the rescue of a baby and a young man in a train tunnel. Phyllis is the youngest, a funny, clumsy child with good intentions that often seem to go awry.
I read this book to my four year daughter. She loved it. As the adult, I enjoyed reading it. And, you'll be happy to know, it all comes out right in the end.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Spahr on April 23, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This a story of a family who move to the country during the absence of the husband and father. The children are left to their own devices as Mother writes stories to support them. The children are fascinated by a nearby railway line and station and through these make interesting friends and have exciting adventures. A most satisfying read!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By stephanie on June 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this book with ten rising fifth graders. It was a "stretch read" for most of the children because the text is heavily colored by the time period, language, and general style. BUT! This was a very worhty read. Each chapter reads similarily to a short story in that there is an adventure, resolution, and moral to the story. The students responded positively to the daily challenge of the chapter length, the sophisticated language, and the romanticism of the setting. This was a very good choice for us. As a mother and a teacher--I recommed this novel enthusiastically!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Reader on September 8, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I love this story and have it on video. But because it a Kindle version the lists the children made were missing. Also missing from the book were the words on the signs they made. I am sure this is because they are pictures and no pictures were downloaded, but I wished I was reading a print version of the book. Usually I never miss a print version, but when things are missing - I do.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By kennedy19 on December 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
It would be tempting these days to dismiss Nesbit's Edwardian chestnut as sappy and sentimental; however, upon rereading it, I find this is simply not the case. Sure, there is innocent charm aplenty in this tale of three children whose father is mysteriously called away. The family (Roberta, the eldest girl and main character, Peter, and Phyllis) go with their mother to live in the country, and while mother tries to make ends meet by writing stories, the children explore the area, make friends with people at the train station and on the passing train, and involve themselves in a couple of daring rescues. Each chapter is like its own little adventure, but always there lingers the question of where has father gone, and how will the family pull through its crisis. Sunny the author's outlook may be, but it is not sentimental, as evidenced when the children throw a surprise party for Perks the porter and he is angered rather than glad, fearing they do it our of charity. The children fight amongst themselves, and worry, and fret, like real children of that or any era might. Throughout the story, the reader comes to enjoy this country town and its cast of ordinary but amusing characters. The story's ending is actually very moving in its simple way. A classic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "favoritebooks" on March 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an exceptional book about 3 children who live near a railroad and thoroughly enjoy it.. They live and let live until one day their relatively ordinary lives come to a screeching halt as it did when their father went away. They are friendly with an old man who helps them find out the mystery of their father's abrupt disappearance. They finally get the family back together and the live happily ever after etc. etc. etc. Though this may seem common and uninteresting, there is some other force that made me sit up late into the night to finish the book. You may understand why I did that when you read the book. It is very enjoyable, (but that may be because I am a child) and I thoroughly recommend it to children . Enjoy! Cheers!!!!!!!!! : )
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bluetwilight on November 16, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of Elizabeth Goudge and similar authors, you will enjoy this story. It starts out a little sad because of the absent father and the lovely mother who is very busy making a living. The children get into many fun adventures, some of which involve helping others (a nice touch). A very delightful story.
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