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The Railway Children

The Railway Children

by Edith Nesbit


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Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis were very happy living in a comfortable house surrounded by a cook and servants and two loving parents, until one evening when there was a knock at the door and their father was mysteriously taken away by two men. Suddenly alone, their mother moves the family to a small cottage in the countryside. There, the children begin a series of exciting adventures, from saving a train filled with passengers from a landslide, to rescuing a baby from a fire, to aiding a penniless Russian exile, to eventually unraveling the mystery of their father's disappearance.

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ISBN-13: 9781788289023
Publisher: Arcturus
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 371,618
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 18 Years

About the Author

Edith Nesbit ( 1858-1924) was an English author and poet whose children's works were published under the name of E. Nesbit. She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a precursor to the modern Labour Party.

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"Her child characters were remarkable in her day because they are so entirely human. They are intelligent, vain, aggressive, humorous, witty, cruel, compassionate. . . in fact, they are like adults."  —Gore Vidal

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The Railway Children 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I liked reading it to my kids. We all got a good laugh and I think that all of us cried. I recomend this book to families who like a funny and emotional story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably wouldn't have liked it when I was young but great read now. Three Chimneys rule!!!
LaurenBDavis More than 1 year ago
There is something perfectly lovely about all E. Nesbit's books, and they certainly formed the backdrop to many a day when I was a little girl. Reading this particular book as an adult fills me with not only with pleasure but with a deeper understanding. I could not help but wonder if this story, of a father wrongly accused and imprisoned, was not inspired by the Dreyfus affair, which was certainly preoccupying many people's minds at the time. One of the delights of Nesbit's writing is that she never condescends to her young readers. Complicated questions of justice, of charity, of the freedoms denied others -- there is quite a wonderful sequence involving a Russian political fugitive -- of absent parents and what it means to perform a heroic act. The children learn things indirectly, peeking into the world of adults from around the corners of childhood. It's very well done. One of the things that I noticed most this time around, though, was the amount of freedom children had. Can you imagine children left to play unsupervised in the woods, around a train station, by the train tunnels and tracks themselves? I will be showing my age here, but I recall many days spent wandering by myself in the fields and forests near my childhood home, expected to return only when I got hungry or the streetlights came on. Did I get into some mischief? Yes. Was it a bit dangerous? Yes. And was being left to create a world by myself, and sometimes with other children, good for my imagination, for my sense of independence, for developing a way of being in the world? Undeniably. I wonder, in fact, if I would have become a writer if I hadn't had those days, if I was driven from one place to another, one class to another, one computer to another. Well, that's an essay for another place. Here, I'll simply say it was lovely to visit a world, so beautifully crafted, which probably now exists no where except between the pages of a book. Recommended.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book with three likable kids and a strong mother. The drawings were also good that helped imagine the story. Liked the writing style too.
qoomomo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. One day the father of 3 children left from their house. From that day they're said to be poor by mother. But they didn't know why they should do so. And they face many difficulties, but they also meet good person and thigs. And does their father come or not..?I enjoyed this story. I felt love of family from this story. Family is very important. And the 3 children have so warm heart. I should learn from them!
jkessluk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very interesting story that's over 100 years old. It is a third person story where the narrator describes the life of three children who come from a wealthy family, until their dad is taken from then and they have to move into a poor town. The children have to stop going to school, and in turn learn all about railroads, and become hero's. The language is fantastic and confusing at time, but you must remember that this tale of bravery takes place and the beginning of the 20th century in Great Britain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was awesome
mniaknuacat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One rich family were changed their life by their father's disappearance.Three children Roberta¿Peter¿Phyllis and their mother began to start live near railway.Children meet many people and experience many things there.It is interesting that children do things one after the other.But I was surprised that the truth of their father's disappearance.I couldn't expect it.
ronta on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There were three children:Roberta,Phyllis and Peter.One day,their father went away and they must leave their town.However,they cooperate with each other and enjoy their new life.I think this strory is good but not interesting very much.
marsap on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful children's book, written more than 100 years ago. It is the story of 3 siblings Roberta (Bobbi), Peter & Phyllis who must move to a small cottage in a little town when their father is mysteriously taken away. They meet many of the town's folk; including Perks the railway Porter and the Old Gentleman, a rider on the train. While their mother writes stories to support them, they go off and have many wonderful adventures. What I especially enjoyed about this book is how real these children were; they argue, fight, make up and behave like "regular" siblings. I would recommend this book for children 8 to 12 years old or for families to enjoy together.
jigsaw999 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it is a great book for all ages.a loveing story about three has tots of fun to geather
lhanes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Family oriented books are a great way to get kids to open up and talk about their own experiences. In this book there were two sisters and one brother.It tells the tale of woes taht some poverty stircken families face and how this particualr family worked together and overcame their hardships together. This story may be an old story but It really has rellevant issues taht can be discussed in a classroom setting. This is one of those intrigueing stories because when read aloud the kids can visualize exactly what is going on. We could also incorporate this book in a problem solving lesson. ie.. We could talk about the issues that family faced and what other options they could have tried that may or may not have turned out differently.
MariaAlhambra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A delightful and multi-layered children's adventure, focused on three London children who suddenly have to move to the countryside as their father mysteriously goes away. The pathos of the story lies in the cotrast between the children's enthusiams for theit new surroundings and the slow realization of
johnthefireman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a classic! A great read for children and adults, and quite realistic railway action to boot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written in an almost puerile manner. I cannot recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My British Dad read this to me when I was a littler kid and i really enjoyed it!!!!!! :)
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This is one of her favorite books
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It really is.
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He is chained up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This tale is gripping and uplifting, despite archaic language and too many convenient coincidences. Teens, pre-teens, and bright 4th graders will absorb the message of kindness and generosity without feeling hammered, because the characters command your respect and stir your emotions. GREAT read-aloud story for parents, who could benefit from reminders to stop driving so hard and just appreciate individuality.
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