Boxcar Children Bookshelf (Books #1-12)

Boxcar Children Bookshelf (Books #1-12)

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by Gertrude Chandler Warner
     
 


A deluxe Boxcar bookcase that contains 12 titles - The Boxcar Children® Mysteries #1 through #12. Also included are Boxcar activities, poster, and accordion bookmark with title checklist. The bookcase can expand to hold up to 32 books.  See more details below

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A deluxe Boxcar bookcase that contains 12 titles - The Boxcar Children® Mysteries #1 through #12. Also included are Boxcar activities, poster, and accordion bookmark with title checklist. The bookcase can expand to hold up to 32 books.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807508558
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Boxcar Children Series
Sales rank:
24,875
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 12.80(h) x 7.20(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

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Boxcar Children Bookshelf (Books #1-12) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
jl37 More than 1 year ago
the author was my first grade teacher in Putnam ct. If we were good in class she would read a chapter to us {as she was writing it, to get our reaction] at the end of the class day. Back then we were always,well mostly well behaved.This was a great way to get our attention. We all looked forward to the reading and loved the book. My three children, 5 grandchildren enjoyed it also.
SRBibliophile More than 1 year ago
I purchased this set for my five-year-old, who absolutely fell in love with the first Boxcar Children mystery. As a book-loving mom, this was one of those "moments"--I distinctly remember reading the first book sometime in first grade and being thrilled that my first grade class's "reading nook" was actually a real boxcar, complete with a tree stump! So when I saw this set, I had to pick it up. Truthfully, the "bookshelf" is not much to write home about--a cardboard box decorated to look like a boxcar--but is cute. Included are "spacers" that replicate the boxcar theme, and can be taken out to include more books. It also comes with a nice little poster with the original (I think?) cover art for the first book. I love that the set includes only the original books, but be aware: this set includes ONLY the first 12 of Gertrude Chandler Warner's original 19 mysteries--and that omission is one of the few reasons this set doesn't get five stars from me. My thought is, if you are going to include ROOM TO EXPAND, why not simply offer the original set in its entirety? This way, those of us who want only the original series (myself included--I'm not a fan of the "continuation" of the series since they were not written by Chandler and are merely "based on" the original series) have a complete set. And for those parents who are thrilled to see their kids into a wholesome series, they can continue purchasing the subsequent books. The choice to include only the first 12 books seems unnecessarily arbitrary and very silly. So that's one small gripe. Another is simply a personal preference thing--I am NOT a fan of the new cover artwork. Clearly, the publishers were trying to modernize the look to attract new readers...but face it, this series was written over 60 years ago--putting Jessie and Violet in pants is not going to change the time period, and if anything is just confusing. I would have preferred that the original cover art be preserved--but again, that's just my personal approach--it's a series from the 40's, let's not try to make it "hip" and "cool"--let's appreciate it for the wonderful series it is! As for the books themselves--they are great. The 4 Alden kids (Jessie, Henry, Violet, and Benny) do spend a lot of time "laughing" and "smiling" in some very strange places (in fact, that was a little joke in my family when I was growing up--a joke that my father remembers to this day, 25-plus years later)...but overall, each mystery is well-written, interesting, and takes us readers to some very unusual places, ranging from a lighthouse to an old schoolhouse to a mountaintop with a mystery hidden inside it. The self-reliance of the kids is a great contrast to today's often over-parented kids (and as one of those parents I love that my daughter and I can talk about the differences in parenting styles between then and now!), and the values promoted by the books are 100% positive: cheerfulness, family, resourcefulness, friendship, learning, and a healthy sense of curiosity. What's not to love? The books make me smile to think about them, and I'm sure that Jessie, Henry, Violet, and Benny Alden would be smiling--I mean laughing!--right along with me. :)
Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
4 young children took in the windows of a bakery shop, hungry for bread. They would do anything for a piece of bread except to steal. They are hard working kids that value what they have. The store owner and his wife seems to take them in but late at night when the children overhear how the bakery owner and his wife were going to split them up and give the younger two away, the  children leave....together. For they also value family. Family comes first and they will stay together forever. These are the Alden children. Even though they don't have a father nor a mother they learned that family is more important than anything. So when they decide to go off on their own to stay together they find a Boxcar stranded in the middle of the woods. As they turn that Boxcar into a nice home for themselves, the oldest finds work near by that will help pay for food. What he doesn't realize is that it will get them closer to the mind that is trying to find them....their Grandfather. As the Alden children get closer to the man that is trying to find them, they also learn more about who they truly are as a family. How they can overcome being by themselves, in the woods, living in a Boxcar. As a child, this was one of my first books that I have ever read, and I truly loved it. I started reading the entire series of the Boxcar children, following them on mystery after mystery. As a child, I loved the whodunnit's and The Boxcar Children gave that to me. Yes Nancy Drew is great, she solves all of her mysteries, the Hardy Boys are amazing for they are always smarter than people realize but the Four children that live in a Boxcar is without the best mystery stories any child could ask for. Even now, when I am all grown up and I want to escape the realities of life, I turn to Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny trying to solve a mystery that seems to be too tough for the local police. And I also love that they stand up for themselves, and that they can take of themselves. They are so strong even at a young age, and they will fight anyone who will rip them apart from each other. Family is a such a huge part of my life, that I really love the way that these kids will do anything to make sure that they are together....solving mysteries one after another!!!! Read these to your kids...they will love them. I know when I have kids, I will be reading these none stop to them, I promise you that!!!
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Product was as described and as expected. Came in the mail in a reasonable timeframe.
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The Boxcar Children books were a part of my childhood. I gave this set to a Children's Home for their enjoyment.
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