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Four orphaned children run away and live in a boxcar, until they are ...
Four orphaned children run away and live in a boxcar, until they are found by their grandfather. Includes a biography and photographs of the author.
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.
Later that evening ...
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.
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!
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.
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Posted January 12, 2013
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
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Posted March 5, 2013
Ugh it was not good at all. I'm sorry but it was a waste of my money. The text is too small and the writing's so simple. Do not buy this!!!!
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I bought a few of these from Ebay. The boys in my third grade student teaching class love them. If you are a third grade teacher these are a must have. They capture the essence of the original series while making the stories accessible and exciting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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These books are much better in graphic novels.....maybe thats just me though. The drawings are not manga.....but thats okay.....i love manga so sorry if i rated thiz a little low. I prefer graphic novels in manga sorry.
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