Book Review: The Boxcar Children: Book 1

The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (Boxcar Children Mysteries)
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

This old classic sat on our shelf for a long time before the kids picked it up and chose it for a read-aloud. We were all pleasantly surprised to find a fun, adventurous little read.

Four orphan children are wandering alone, when they come across an abandoned boxcar in the forest...the perfect hideaway.

They make the boxcar into home, damming up a stream nearby to make a bath, using the under-side of a waterfall for a refrigerator, and working in the nearby town for food.

The story and phrasing is simple. It would make a great early chapter book.

What I love about this story is how the children take care of each other and their 'home'. In some ways, they act like little adults, but they are also childlike, and their adventures are fun and interesting.

We look forward to reading the next installment in this mystery series.


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