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The Boxcar Children

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by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Author), Phyllis Newman (Reader)


Four orphaned siblings, Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny find themselves in a small town looking for food and shelter. They refuse to go to their grandfather because they are frightened of him. So they find themselves taken in by the baker and his wife. But the wife does not like little boys and decide to separate the four children, keeping only the older ones with them. Fortunately, the kids find out and steal out in the middle of the night. They walk far.. very far. But they don’t stop because being separated is not an option. Finally, in the woods they find shelter. An abandoned old boxcar makes for a perfect “home”. Quickly the four settle in. The eldest Henry goes out to earn some money and food.

We have heard many books on cds, but this story is by far one of the best. We can’t wait until we can read the book by ourselves. Phyllis Newman’s voice over is fantastic. The combination of the well written, simple worded text along with the clear slow delivery makes it a wonderful story to listen to. We have heard this story many many times and remains our most borrowed item from the library.

The story itself is a super simple story. The characters of Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny are so very endearing that you can imagine them living in the boxcar. The story will surely transport you to a different time and space. Whether you read this book or decide to listen to it, it will leave you wanting to go back for more.

There are very few books that are so well written for children.. I am glad that we found this one!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books

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