The Boxcar Children

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013, 8:39 am

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The Boxcar Children

Gertrude Chandler Warner


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Heather W


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In brief


The 60th anniversary edition of a classic children's book that still managed to charm my tech-savvy kids.

The Boxcar Children is the story of four siblings on the run. All we know is that their parents are dead and that they are hiding from their grandfather. The children soon find an abandoned boxcar in the woods and, using their imagination and ingenuity, turn it into a home.

I have always had a special place in my heart for the original Boxcar Children book. I remember my dad reading it out loud to me and my brother when I was in kindergarten, and I remember my fourth grade teacher reading it out loud to the class a chapter at a time after recess. I just finished reading this title to my two boys, ages 4 and 7, and am happy to report that, despite loving the iPad and computer games and (sometimes too much) television, this simple story had them begging for "just one more chapter!"

For such an uncomplicated and gentle book, there is a fair amount of suspense, humor and adventure. I would often catch my sons talking about the book and wondering what would happen next. They picked out boxcars on the trains that pass near our house and imagined what it would be like to live alone in the woods. The Boxcar Children took them to another time and place and I'm so happy I got to go along for the ride.