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The Boxcar Children
     

The Boxcar Children

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by Gertrude Chandler Warner
 

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Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny Alden are brothers and sisters—and they’re orphans. The only way they can stay together is to make it on their own. One night, during a storm, the children find an old red boxcar that keeps them warm and safe. They decide to make it their home. This is just the beginning of their graphic novel adventures as the Boxcar

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Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny Alden are brothers and sisters—and they’re orphans. The only way they can stay together is to make it on their own. One night, during a storm, the children find an old red boxcar that keeps them warm and safe. They decide to make it their home. This is just the beginning of their graphic novel adventures as the Boxcar Children!

Editorial Reviews

Even today, Gertrude Chandler Warner's classic Depression-era story of Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden -- four hungry children who transform an abandoned boxcar into a home -- fascinates us because, regardless of age, we all long to be on our own. This 60th Anniversary Edition of Warner's classic sports a bright new cover and many new features but retains L. Kate Deal's original silhouettes.
Publishers Weekly
Children's NOTES Boxcar Children Redux Two titles mark a landmark anniversary of a classic series. The first, The Boxcar Children 60th Anniversary Edition by Gertrude Chandler Warner, illus. by L. Kate Deal, contains the original text, with an introduction by Barbara Elleman, as well as a brief biography of the author, b&w photos and "An Open Letter to Children Who Ask How I Happened to Write The Boxcar Children," all contained in a handsomely designed volume. (Sept) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453220139
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
07/26/2011
Series:
Boxcar Children Graphic Novels Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
127,771
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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The Boxcar Children


By Shannon Eric Denton, Stephanie Hedlund, Mike Dubisch

OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED MEDIA

Copyright © 2009 Abdo Consulting Group, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-2013-9



CHAPTER 1

THE FOUR HUNGRY CHILDREN

One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew where they had come from.

Their parents had died. They had a grandfather they'd never met, but they didn't want to live with him. They were afraid he didn't like them.

I want three leaves of bread, please.

Will you let us stay for the night? Tomorrow we can help you wash the dishes.

You may stay here tonight.

Now the woman liked this. She did not like to wash dishes.

Delicious!

Later that evening ...

Shh.

I'll keep the three older children. But the little boy must go to the Children's Home. He is too little.

Very well. Tomorrow I'll take him away.

Henry! Let's run away from here!

We'll never let Benny go to a children's home. We must get as far away as we can tonight.


NIGHT IS TURNED INTO DAY

The Aldens walked down the road as fast as they could.

They walked and walked for a long time. Then the sun began to come up.

That looks good, Violet. What a big haystack!

Look over there!

The children were so tired they went right to sleep. They slept all day, and it was night again when they woke up.

Oh Jessie, I'm hungry. I want something to eat.

Good old Benny. We'll have supper.

Jessie took out a loaf of bread and cut it into four pieces. It was soon gone.

The children heard a horse and car coming up the road. They hid behind some bushes.

I wonder where those children went. I don't think they could walk as far as Silver City.

Let's look a little while longer.

The children knew that the baker would not find them. They walked in the opposite direction until two o'clock in the morning ...

I wonder how far it is to Silver City.

This road goes into the woods. We can sleep there!

The wind began to blow. There was lightning and thunder, but the children did not hear it. They were all fast asleep.

As Henry made beds out of pine needles, Jessie looked around.

It looks like rain. The moon has gone behind the clouds.


A NEW HOME IN THE WOODS

It was morning, but the sun was covered by clouds. Jessie was looking for a place to get out of the rain. She saw an old boxcar.

What a good house that will be in the rain!

Hurry! Hurry! I've found a good place!

Well soon be there! It's not far. When we get there, you must help me open the door.

It's beginning to rain.

Wow.

They were just in time. The children could hear the rain on the top of the boxcar. but no rain came in.

What a beautiful place!

Henry! Let's live here! This boxcar is a fine little house.

We'll stay here today anyway.

I want some milk.

I'll go to the next town and get some.

Before Henry came back, Jessie heard a noise. Something was in the woods!


HENRY HAS TWO SURPRISES

It was a dog. It hopped along on three legs, crying softly and holding up a front paw.

You poor dog! There's a big thorn in your foot.

Jessie began to pull out the thorn. It was long. She pulled and pulled, and at last the thorn came out.

For a while, Jessie watched Benny and Violet picking blueberries.

Most of Benny's blueberries are going into his mouth!


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Boxcar Children by Shannon Eric Denton, Stephanie Hedlund, Mike Dubisch. Copyright © 2009 Abdo Consulting Group, Inc.. Excerpted by permission of OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED MEDIA.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author

Gertrude Chandler Warner (1890–1979) was an American author of children’s books, most notably the nineteen original titles in the Boxcar Children Mysteries series. Warner was raised in Putnam, Connecticut, across the street from a railroad station, which later inspired her to write about children living in a boxcar. In 1918, she began what would become a thirty-two-year career teaching first and third grade at the Israel Putnam School. She died in Putnam on August 30, 1979, when she was eighty-nine years old. But the Boxcar Children live on: To this day, talented authors contribute new stories to the series, which now includes over one hundred twenty books.

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The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 427 reviews.
EclecticReader50 More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a child - only the first in the series - but it has been a favorite book for 40 years plus now! It delightfully engages the reader's imagination and holds you captive till the outcome. It was a must read for my children and they equally loved it. We highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a classic and still one of my most favorite kids books i have ever read. i have never read the rest of the series. if you have never read this one, you should. it is a great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear reader, If you are asking yourself " should I really buy this book?", don't hesitate... buy it! It has excitement, adventure, and it's original. But, it is a pretty, short book. But it is very cheap too. What is it... 4 bucks? You make the decision yourself but I recommend you read it A NOTE FROM ME: Be you! Express YOUR inner character and find ways You can change the world! P.S. If you like my reviews( which have special "feel good" quotes) go to Nancy Drew books. I write reviews there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books iv ever read, and i have read lots of books. It was sooooooooooooooooooo good. Im gald he leant me that book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved these books as a child and now i'm reading them as an adult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is really amazing book.I could not stop reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Boxcar Children is a great book. My sister hates to read, but she likes these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books there awesome:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is like they went back in time for this. The rest are more modern.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great! Wonderful read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember my sister and I reading these books when we were younger... I loved the adventure in it. I hope they make these books into a movie!! I would be thrilled to see this on the big screen!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like a good mystery yoy will LOVE The Boxcar Children i love it soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much thanks Merissa
Martha Keeffe More than 1 year ago
I still love the boxcar children and will never forget what they mean to me. A must read for any young child, don't doubt this quartet of children and teir dog, they are alwats ready for adventure! -Teenreviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have literley read this 12 times it is so good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who wants a good read should try this. Is not too expensive or to long, would recommend age 7-10/11 maybe. It's hard to keep track of all the books though, there are so many. Hope this helps!
colemanstudent-COS More than 1 year ago
its good because there are these 4 children that go on an adventure . there always trying to solve a mystery .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Iloved the book. I am a big mystery fan. My first grade teacher read them to us. And since I have been reading them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It realy is a classic. The books are fantastic for boys and girls of all ages. Each story has its own personal touch. I realy recomend them.-a big fan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boxcar children rock
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book in the series!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It ROCKS!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should really read this book. It shows a lot of detail surprises. It may seem like its not but it really is a fantastic book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book:) its the first boxcar children book i read.