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The Railway Children Paperback – January 1, 2008
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Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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Their plucky mother undertakes to write novels while she homeschools her inquisitive offspring: 12-year-old Roberta (Bobbie), 10-year-old Peter, and 7-year-old Phyllis. These children quarrel and squabble, play and dream like normal kids, while secretly harboring fears about their absent father. Could he be dead, since no one was allowed to inform them of the painful truth? Would their calm, loving mother permit them to live a lie?
During the next 6 months these decent kids gradually carve out a niche for themsleves in the lives (and ultimately the hearts) of the local citizens--particularly railway personnel. As they expand their social horizons, they increase their knowledge of the ways and quirks of the iron horse. They even learn lessons in tasteful charity and Christian compassion, as they exist in a kind of emotional limbo--just waiting for some unknown event.
Despite Nesbit's admittedly quaint literary style (with many asides addresesd to the reader, and obvious predilection for one of her characters), THE RAILWAY CHILDREN will transport readers back to a much simpler time--an era of true family values and homespun social virtues. Don't expect the fantasy elements of THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET in this gentle story; just relax and enjoy a journey into the past, when chidren were taught to wait and hope. This is a book for children of all ages, inscribed on the tablets of Home and Hearth. And who is the mysterious but kindly old gentleman on their beloved Green Dragon?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little bit boring but i read it anyway. The Railway Children is a mildly interesting book that is a good summer read. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Luke Welch
A lovely story about good versus bad, relationships between parents and children, siblings getting along for the greater good and in the end, love the conqueror!Published 1 month ago by Sofia
It was a very nice story, a bit unpleasant to think of these children having to go through the hardships that they did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Judy
— And something wonderful did happen exactly four days after she had said this.
I wish I could say it was three days after, because in fairy tales it is always three
days... Read more
An ebook, free from Amazon for my Kindle app. An old book, now in public domain. A sweet, old-fashioned children's book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nancy
wonderful Story! Makes you long for a simpler time. Great read for the whole family!Published 2 months ago by Mom
Great children's and adult book if you like turn of the twentieth century English dialect and customs.Published 2 months ago by Anne L. Chappell