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The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) [Paperback]

By Gertrude Chandler Warner (Author) & L. Kate Deal (Illustrator)
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Item description for The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) by Gertrude Chandler Warner & L. Kate Deal...

Four orphans take shelter in an old, red boxcar during a storm, and, determined to make it on their own, they turn it into a safe, cozy home.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Albert Whitman & Company
Pages   154
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.69" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1989
Publisher   Albert Whitman & Company
Grade Level  Grade 4  
Age  9-12
Series  Learning Language Arts Through Literature  
ISBN  0807508527  
ISBN13  9780807508527  
UPC  792836003958  

Availability  863 units.
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More About Gertrude Chandler Warner & L. Kate Deal

Gertrude Chandler Warner The Boxcar Children Series was created by Gertrude Chandler Warner, a teacher, when she realized that there were few, if any, books for children that were both easy and fun to read. She drew on her own experiences in writing the mysteries. As a child, she had spent hours watching trains near her home, and often dreamed about what it would be like to live in a caboose or freight car. In each story, she chose a special setting and introduced unpredictable, unusual or eccentric characters, to help highlight the Aldens independence and resourcefulness. Miss Warner lived in Putnam, Massachusetts until her death in 1979."

Gertrude Chandler Warner lived in Putnam, in the state of Connecticut. Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in 1890 and died in 1979.

Gertrude Chandler Warner has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Adventures of Benny and Watch
  2. Boxcar Children
  3. Boxcar Children Collections
  4. Boxcar Children Graphic Novels
  5. Boxcar Children Mysteries
  6. Boxcar Children Special

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
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3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detectives
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > Siblings > Fiction
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a review  Apr 6, 2008
I liked this book well enough as a child. My mother read it and then I enjoyed the story. What I don't get is the name of the series. They only lived in a boxcar for the first book, so why are they still called the boxcar children? Will anyone ever let them live down the fact they had to make their home in a boxcar? Geeze.
Wonderful story, but NOT the original. Please don't call it that.  Aug 16, 2007
The blurb from "Publishers Weekly" says that the 60th Anniversary Edition contains "the original text" of the book. IT DOES NOT, and the afterword, "About Gertrude Chandler Warner", makes this perfectly clear.

The original book, "The Boxcar Children", was not written in 1942, but in 1924. It was published by Rand McNally. The edition in print today -- the one we're all familiar with, copyrighted 1942 -- is a revision: "a new, simpler version of _The Boxcar Children_, {written} to reach poor readers and children who might be struggling to learn English. THIS EDITION ... is the beloved story children still read today." (Emphasis mine)

So where is the ORIGINAL "Boxcar Children"? Out of print. And, sadly, unavailable: even ABEBooks does not have a copy. Anyone interested in children's fiction who's eager to read the original text is out of luck.

The publishers have missed the 80th anniversary of the original book's publication. Will we have to wait until 2024 for a chance to read it?
Wonderful, even for the little ones!  Jul 23, 2007
I read this book to my son as part of our homeschool curriculum for Kindergarten. Every night he has begged me to read one more chapter! He enjoyed listening to this book so much that he would rather pick up his toys than risk missing a night of The Boxcar Children! It was a huge motivator! I highly recommend it. My son has also informed me that when we finish (we read the final chapter tomorrow night), I am to put the book on the shelf and save it so he can read it himself when he's bigger!
A Book Review From a Spiritridge Third Grader  Mar 22, 2007
Do you want to read an amazing book? Well you should read the Box Car Children. There are four young children and they are really poor. They do not have food. Then they do not know what to do. Well, they run away from their house because they thought their dad did not like them. They found a boxcar. So they thought that the boxcar might take them somewhere, but it didn't pull them. The father was trying to find them but they did not want to be found.

What I like is that when they try to find food and on their way they found a hound. I like that part because I like dogs and I think they're cute.

I recommend this book to other readers who are in 2nd grade or 3rd grade because it is just right.
The Greatest Book I Ever Read  Mar 16, 2007
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner is the greatest book I have ever read. I really liked this book because it is easy and fun to read. I would recommend this book for 4th -6th graders. It is a little bit easy but fun.

This book is about 4 children who are on the street and they find a boxcar and they lived in it. And the oldest brother finds a job in city which is a long way away. They lived in lots of mysterious places like in a lady's place, in a barn and the boxcar is where they stayed. In the end they find one of their family members. The book is good from start to finish. That is how they lived.

I think anyone can read this book but if they were in 8th grade it might be a little bit easy so probably 4th-6th grade.

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