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Friday, May 20, 2011

The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner

Released December 2010

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

The Boxcar Children shares the story of four siblings who are forced to fend for themselves following their parents' deaths. Hungry and in dire need of shelter, the children come across an abandoned boxcar near a waterfall. There, they hope to avoid the grandfather they understand to be cruel and hates children. Surviving in the wilderness isn't easy, and it's going to test their skills.

Gertrude Chandler Warner taught in Putnam, Connecticut. Her interactions with children led to her writing the entire Boxcar series. Written with the advancing reader in mind, the sentence structure and vocabulary in The Boxcar Children is spot on. It's perfect for those in 3rd to 5th grade. There are over 40 pages, so the length is just enough to provide a full story without overwhelming developing readers.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, Open Road Media put together a video of the author's former students.

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