Aug 4, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #19 (Boxcar Children Review)

This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.


So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  •  The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason. 
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read. 
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  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)

We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 

1436581The Boxcar Children
Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Release Date: 1942
Publisher: Whitman and Company
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 154
Format: Paperback, Bought

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Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, four orphaned brothers and sisters, suddenly appear in a small town. No one knows who these young wanderers are or where they have come from. Frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, the children make a home for themselves in an abandoned red boxcar they discover in the woods. Henry, the oldest, goes to town to earn money and buy food and supplies.

Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life themselves--until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her.

This story will delight any child who has fantasized about being on his or her own and overcoming every obstacle.d
My Review:

Read my recap for this book Here.

Since this was a children's book, I was able to devour it in an hour. I spent my whole lunch break reading this and loving it all over again.

It was VERY different reading it as an adult. That isn't a bad thing though. When I was younger I pictured it all as I was doing it since I was actually a kid. The idea of living out in the wilderness seemed awesome to me. Now that I am older I see it as an adult and wanting the kids to find someone to take care of them.

I loved being able to read and follow them through taking care of each other. I do wish I knew the ages of the kids though. I didn't see a reference in the book at all to how old any of them were so I was trying to picture them. They seem so mature but at the same time the little illustrations make it seem like they are all below the age of 8. If that is true, they are very mature. They were able to figure things out that most adults would have trouble with.

It is definitely set back in the day though, so that could count for the extra maturity. Children these days wouldn't be able to take care of themselves the way these 4 do.

I loved the illustrations throughout the book. It was nice to not only picture something in my head but to also see it in a little sketch as well. It was cute to seem them as I read. I am not used to illustrations so this was a nice treat.

I am so glad that I read this again. It was like reliving my childhood all over again. I am proud of myself that I remembered most of the book after almost 20 years from the last time I read it. It proves the affect it had on me when I was young.

This is a book that I will be reading to my children when I have them. The characters are wonderful and all have their own little personalities. It was so easy to follow them and fall in love with them as people. I know anyone out there could use this little book to perk you up, there is no way you can read this and not have a smile on your face.


We will be back next week with our review or recap!

What about you? What do you remember about the time that you read this book/series?

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  1. i loved that review it was amazing it was a good flashback to my review but besides that it was great because it was better than good well i hope you read my comment

    love coconut A.K.A ainsley

  2. I loved the Boxcar Children. A few years ago I started collecting old copies of the books, but I haven't actually reread them. From memory, I think Benny is 6 and Henry is around 13-14, with the girls being somewhere in the middle. Kids back then (I can't remember exactly when this was set...) were definitely expected to take on more adult responsibilities. My grandmothers were watching their younger siblings and cooking for the family when they were children. They grew up on farms and their mothers were needed in the fields.

    I do a recap of some old (1980s) YA books. I'm currently working my way through The Girls of Canby Hall series. It's been on hiatus for a few months, but I'm bringing it back, probably next week, with some changes. I'll keep this bookmarked so I can remember to find next week's post and link up. Great idea for a meme!


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