Friday, January 27, 2012

Flashback Fridays Presents........The Boxcar Children

In honor of my sister who loves these books about four children during the Depression (and suggested I write a Flashback Friday about them!):

The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children Series #1)

Gertrude Chandler Warner wrote the original 19 books about the Boxcar Children, which were published beginning in 1924.  There are now over 100 books in the series.

From Wikipedia:
"The Boxcar Children is a children's literary franchise originally created and written by American writer and first-grade school teacher,[1]Gertrude Chandler Warner. Today, the series includes well over 100 titles. The series is aimed at readers in grades 2-6.[2]
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Originally published in 1924 by Rand McNally and reissued in 1942, the novel The Boxcar Children, tells the story of four orphaned children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny. They get permission to stay overnight at a bakery but run away when they hear the baker's wife say she will keep the older three and send the youngest, Benny, to an orphanage. They create a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar in the forest. They fear their legal guardian, their grandfather, believing him to be cruel. They enjoy their freedom, but need to seek help when Violet becomes ill. They eventually meet their grandfather, James Alden, who is a kind and wealthy man. The children agree to live with him. James moves the beloved boxcar to his backyard so the children can use it as a playhouse. In the subsequent books, the children encounter many adventures and mysteries in their neighborhood or at the locations they visit with their grandfather. The majority of the books are set in locations the children are visiting over school holidays such as summer vacation or Christmas break.
Only the first 19 stories were written by creator Warner. Other books in the series have been written by other writers, but always feature the byline "Created by Gertrude Chandler Warner". The recent books in the series are set in the present day, whereas most of the original books were set in the 1940s and 1950s."

Boxcar Children Bookshelf (Books #1-12)
There is a nice biography of Gertrude Chandler Warner on the website
This website is a lovely reference for almost every aspect of children's literature.  Read author and illustrator bios, search for books,  and find events in your area.

The Woodshed Mystery (The Boxcar Children Series #7)  The Yellow House Mystery (The Boxcar Children Series #3)  Surprise Island (The Boxcar Children Series #2)   Schoolhouse Mystery (The Boxcar Children Series #10)   The Lighthouse Mystery (The Boxcar Children Series #8)

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