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The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

    ¿The Boxcar Children Beginning¿ by acclaimed children¿s author P

    “The Boxcar Children Beginning” by acclaimed children’s author Patricia MacLachlan creates a prequel to Gertrude Chandler Warner’s beloved children’s series. A perennial favorite, the Boxcar Children—Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny—lived with their parents at Fair Meadow Farm before a tragic accident left them to fend for themselves. They were “the best family of all,” working together and helping others through hard times with cheerfulness and kindness. When the Clark family becomes stranded during a snowstorm, the Aldens take them in, and the fun begins. Whether it’s going to school, helping with chores around the farm, or putting on their own circus, the children enjoy life to the fullest. However, MacLachlan’s writing contains foreshadowing of what is to come, and the Alden children’s values and sense of family will be put to the test.

    This quaint prequel is illustrated with sketches and includes a black-and-white map on both inside covers. Following the story is the author’s “Afterword: Setting the Scene,” along with an excerpt from the original book “The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner, resources about the series, and a list of the first four books in the original series. MacLachlan does a beautiful job of capturing the essence of the Boxcar Children and imagining what their lives were like before they earned their epithet. The ending is sad, as is to be expected, but there is an overarching theme of hope and resilience that inspires readers to persevere through even the most adverse circumstances.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Dear diary...

    Dear diary, today I had a blast! I spent the night with my BFF, Alexa. We had so much fun together! First we swam in their pool. The deepend is 12 feet deep and the shallow end is 3 feet deep. We did front flips, back flips, back reverse flips, handstands, front handsprings, back handsprings, and cartwheels. We also did a show for the parents called The Water Athletic Swimming Competition. They have a diving board in their pool so we did jumps off of the diving board. We did pikes, the hurkey, (Alexa's mom made the hurkey up. It's when you bend one leg, put that leg out to the side, put the other leg in front of you, then touch your toes on both legs)
    toe-touches, back flips, and cartwheels off the divong board.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    I initially heard of the Boxcar Children prequel many months bef

    I initially heard of the Boxcar Children prequel many months before its publication. As any childhood fan should be, I was intrigued. The unknown awakened my curiosity: Where did those 4 Alden children come from before they arrived in front of the bakery that stormy night? What truly happened to their parents? Why were they so afraid to meet their grandfather? Questions that Gertrude Chandler Warner had left to the reader's imagination. Questions that Patricia MacLachlan has personally attempted to answer.

    As books go, it's a good, solid story. I'm not sure if this particular story was meant for the Alden children though. My reason for the previous statement being this: one thing I enjoyed about the Boxcar Children was that the books were timeless in the way of, there are not usually historical facts that pinpoint into which era that the stories take place. The original books were written in the 1940's, and are loosely based on that time period, but this new prequel brings in too much historical information about the Great Depression, more-so than what is denoted in the original books. For that reason, I didn't find the prequel's mood to match up exactly with the series, but I realize that Mrs. MacLachlan's passion is historical fiction, so this factor is at least understandable because of the author's writing style.

    Overall, I'm satisfied with this prequel. It fabricated a glimpse of the Alden children's life before we met them in the 1st book of the series---something never seen before. Had it been I to be the person to write a book like this, I would have plotted it differently, certainly. But I appreciate the effort made on Patricia MacLachlan's part to fill a void of questions in children's literature.

    Please note, I only would recommend this book to readers who have already consumed several of the other Boxcar Children books, specifically the first 19 that Mrs. Warner herself penned. Enjoy!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Boxcar childeren

    I love this series.The books are great

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Anyomus

    It was grrrr8!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Snowpaw

    Is intrested in an herb. Brings it back to the med den.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Wolves

    I love books this is my favorote book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Why fix something that is not broken?

    I have not read this book, but many, many others that the real boxcar athour wrote in the 1900s and LOVE THEM SO MUCH! I was upset to find out another athour tried to write thier own version to male more cash....and while some people may enjoy new versions I appercaite how the orginal athour hangs questions such as thier life before because this helps the reader make thier own picture of thier life and brings imgation to the book. Sure, the cover is cute and the drawings are better but the fact that the orginal books were written a long time ago and are still loved today captures that books will always be loved and "old" books are still imporant. I asked myself this question when I saw the newly written book "would I want my books to be added to and changed when I am dead?" Its almost like they are saying her books are to outdated. I hope the new athour captures the Alden's love for each other, hard work, and helping others but I am sad they have to change a well written bool series that has been loved for years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    This is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Love It

    It is the best book ever

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Love

    Great book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Cool

    I didnt read it and i read the the other REAL series whwn i was 7 and "the beginning" wont be as good

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 8, 2014

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    Posted August 20, 2014

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