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November 14, 2012

Give the Gift of Reading: The Boxcar Children Series Review & Giveaway -- ENDED


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! 
Our Review:
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:
To Win 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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62 comments:

Melissa said...

I was actually just considering buying this for my kids for Christmas. They are very into the "chapter books" now, so I thought this would be a perfect addition. Thanks for the chance to win!

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This would make a good christmas present.

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my niece would really enjoy reading this series
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Laura Ashley said...

I'd love to win these bacause I lovet he Boxcar Children and I'm anxiously waiting to read the prequel! Patricia MacLachan is a great author- I can't wait to see how she describes the young Aldens' life!
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I would love to win because I adored these books as a girl and know my children would too!

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I think my 9 yr old would love to read these.

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Domestic Diva said...

This would be a perfect read-aloud with my kids.

Angel Windley said...

I loved the Boxcar Children as a kid and I would love to give this set to my daughter to enjoy.

Cassandra Eastman said...

The Boxcar Children were my husbands favorite books to read as he was growing up so it'd be special for him to share that with our son!

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C.R. said...

I read these to my kids, would like to read them now to my grandkids

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Stephanie Larison said...

I remember reading the Boxcar Children books when I was younger. My daughter is a bit too young to read yet, but I'd keep these for her for when she can. I'm sure she'd love them too!

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Linda said...

I would love to win these for my grandson, he loves to read!
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Linda said...

I love this series, thanks for the give away!
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Tracy Allen said...

I am a big fan of this series and these are beautiful editions for my niece
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carol said...

I would like to win this for my grandson to read

Sherry Conrad said...

My grandson Ian is 6 and I think he will love this- he loves to read!

Joel Voth said...

My boys would love these books. They are at the fun age of just starting to read.

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barbara stenby said...

I read these books when I was little and there are more now would love to re read these and have my son read them too!

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kathy pease said...

id love to win these for my son jordan

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Wayne Lecoy said...

Please Enter Me In Your Giveaway.
It Would Be Great To Win The
The Boxcar Children box set and signed copy of The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm by Patricia MacLachlan.
In Response To Your Question Of
why you would like to win this giveaway.
I Would Like To Win These Books So I Could Give Them To My Niece And Nephew For Christmas.
Thank You For Having This Giveaway!!!!!!!!!