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The Box Car Children

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Mar. 7th, 2013 | 10:13 pm

Originally published at Megan Lindholm. You can comment here or there.

What is it about this book?

I read it probably over fifty years ago. As I recall, my older sister had recommended it to me, and it was every bit as good as she said it would be. 

For the past few days, I’ve been reliving the adventure as my grand-daughter does her required twenty minutes a night of reading aloud. Only the adventures of the four orphaned and hungry children who seem to relish the challenge of making a home out of an abandoned box car have made those sessions stretch past the twenty minute allottment. 

Perhaps it is how bravely the children approach the challenges, and how creatively the deal with getting what they need.  They deliberately search for a dump where they can salvage things. They not only put up a shelf in their boxcar but beautify it with a vase of flowers.

The story is so simply written and told. We don’t know how the children were orphaned, or how they left the home they were raised in.  We simply meet them as they go forth into the world to survive.

My grand daughter loves this story just as much as I did when I read it half a century ago.



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from: nekooflove
date: Mar. 10th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)

I loved The Boxcar Children growing up. I think I had over one hundred of the books at one point. I donated them to the library when I turned twelve and remember feeling offended that the lady there wasn't happy that I was donating such good books! She actually seemed annoyed.

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