Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesdays with David: The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children Series
By Gertrude Chandler Warner
From our shelves/borrowed/from the library

The story: "One night, four children stood in front of a bakery" remember, don't you? The Boxcar Children series tells the stories of four siblings - Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny. The children are orphans who find refuge in an abandoned boxcar. They are happily living together until they discover that their grandfather has been looking for them all along. They move to his mansion, but their adventures are not over yet!

Mama opines: Didn't everyone love this series as a child? I wanted to start reading these books with David (we needed a break from the Magic Treehouse!) but I didn't have the first book. My best friend lent it to us and we jumped in. We are currently reading our third book, but we are reading a bit out of order. My collection began with the sixth book, so we read #1, then #6, and now #2 and #3 have arrived at our library. 

I think these books are great for teaching siblings to work together and get along. The Boxcar Children are so incredibly resourceful. Their favorite thing is basically to figure out how to live on their own by finding or building what they need. It's funny though, that when I read them as a child I didn't realize that they were taking place so long ago. But this reading, I realized we were talking about the end of carriages and the beginning of 'automobiles.' It's lots of fun for me the second time around and for David as he experiences it for the first time.

Thoughts from David: I like it because they are the best best books because they might be going from one to eleven. (Wait until he finds out that there over one hundred!)
Favorite part: When they find that kid on the island

Friends, have a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. 
David and I are grateful for each one of our readers who visits us here to read our thoughts about the books we love. Happy Reading and Happy Turkey Day!


  1. I didn't realize what time those books took place in either! I loved these when I was a kid. I wanted to BE those kids :)

    1. I loved them too. It makes you want to go camp outside and do things for yourself. Of course now as an adult, I have to admit, I am not a big fan of camping...

  2. I wrote about the Boxcar Children last month during a memoir writing challenge. They stood out as a favorite feature of third grade: The Boxcar Children.

    I hope David is feeling better (I popped over here from your Monday post). That's a little too much adventure for the weekend.

    1. Thanks for the link - I loved reading your thoughts about the Boxcar Children!

      Thank you for your kind thoughts. He is feeling much better, but his face still looks pretty banged up.

  3. man that series has about 120 books in it, Here is a funny joke I saw about the boxcar children,