With over 100 titles and 50 million copies in print, The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler has raised generations of readers -- many of whom credit their love for reading to this modern classic. Perfect to read out loud or for the independent reader, the adventures of 4 siblings surviving brilliantly on their wits and skills has proven to be timeless.
The first book in the series, originally published in 1942, introduces the reader to four children who have lost their parents at a young age and, rather than going to live with their unsavory grandfather, decide to strike out on their own. In their travels they come across an abandoned boxcar and decide to make this their home. Short, simple chapters and illustrated throughout, The Boxcar Children encounter adventures and unravel mysteries -- all the while demonstrating practical wisdom, resourcefulness and an enduring commitment to one another. Charming, exciting and heartwarming, this is a series that stands the test of time. In fact, this Fall marks the 70th anniversary of The Boxcar Children and the publisher is celebrating in a big way by publishing a PREQUEL to the series by Newbery award-winning author Patricia MacLaughlan!
We received book 1 to 4 along with the prequel to review. Because I did not grow up in the US, I never read the series as a kid, but I have heard a lot of wonderful things about it. In fact, my husband told me that he remembers reading the series in elementary school. Since DD reads every night, I thought that this would be a a great series for her to start reading. After reading a few chapters with her, I noticed that DD needed my help with some words. But even for a 6 year old, she is able to read most of the phases. I like that the chapters are very short, so we are able to read just a chapter or two every night and discuss the story to make sure she understands it fully before we move on to the next chapter the following night. All in all, I would say that this is a great series for first graders who are transitioning from picture books to chapter books. The story line is interesting and the characters are easy for the kids to identified with.
To Buy it:
One of my lucky readers will get to win a gift box set of first four books in the series including The Boxcar Children, Surprise Island ,The Yellow House Mystery and Mystery Ranch AND a hardcover copy of the series prequel The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm SIGNED by the author, Newbery award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan. The ARV for this giveaway is $48.98. This giveaway ends on Nov 28, 2012.
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