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The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children Mysteries) Paperback – January 1, 1989
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Children's NOTES Boxcar Children Redux Two titles mark a landmark anniversary of a classic series. The first, The Boxcar Children 60th Anniversary Edition by Gertrude Chandler Warner, illus. by L. Kate Deal, contains the original text, with an introduction by Barbara Elleman, as well as a brief biography of the author, b&w photos and "An Open Letter to Children Who Ask How I Happened to Write The Boxcar Children," all contained in a handsomely designed volume. (Sept)
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"An impeccable production of a compelling story..." --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny are on the run from a grandfather that they are afraid of being sent to live with. One stormy night, they seek shelter in a boxcar, and their new life begins.
Their adventures are written for boys and girls, and my seven year old loved it.
It was VERY different reading it as an adult. That isn't a bad thing though. When I was younger I pictured it all as I was doing it since I was actually a kid. The idea of living out in the wilderness seemed awesome to me. Now that I am older I see it as an adult and wanting the kids to find someone to take care of them.
I loved being able to read and follow them through taking care of each other. I do wish I knew the ages of the kids though. I didn't see a reference in the book at all to how old any of them were so I was trying to picture them. They seem so mature but at the same time the little illustrations make it seem like they are all below the age of 8. If that is true, they are very mature. They were able to figure things out that most adults would have trouble with.
It is definitely set back in the day though, so that could count for the extra maturity. Children these days wouldn't be able to take care of themselves the way these 4 do.
I loved the illustrations throughout the book. It was nice to not only picture something in my head but to also see it in a little sketch as well. It was cute to seem them as I read. I am not used to illustrations so this was a nice treat.
I am so glad that I read this again. It was like reliving my childhood all over again. I am proud of myself that I remembered most of the book after almost 20 years from the last time I read it. It proves the affect it had on me when I was young.
This is a book that I will be reading to my children when I have them. The characters are wonderful and all have their own little personalities. It was so easy to follow them and fall in love with them as people. I know anyone out there could use this little book to perk you up, there is no way you can read this and not have a smile on your face.