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The Boxcar Children [Audio]

By Gertrude Chandler Warner, Phyllis Newman (Read by)

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Format: Audio Cassette, 2 pages
Published In: USA, 11 April 2006
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 for themselves until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her."

About the Author

Gertrude Chandler Warner, a teacher, wrote books that were both easy and fun to read. The 19 stories in the original Boxcar Children series have sold over three million copies in paperback. She was a lifelong resident of Putnam, Connecticut, until her death in 1979 at the age of 89. Phyllis Newman began her career as a child entertainer in vaudeville. She has appeared in many Broadway productions--earning a Tony Award for her role in Subways Are for Sleeping--as well as on television series such as One Life to Live and Thirtysomething. In June 2009 she received her second Tony Award, the Isabelle Stevenson Award, for her role in founding the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of the Actor's Fund.


Gr 3-5-While adult fans of the original series, which began in 1942, might be interested in seeing their favorite characters in a new format, these books fall short of expectations. In all three titles, the art feels stiff and awkward-the characters' faces are undeveloped and indistinct, making them difficult to connect with. The text, rather than the images, moves the action along, flattening the excitement of the Alden kids' discoveries and making even the dramatic moments when the mysteries are revealed seem clunky and anticlimactic.-Lauren Anduri, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Children's NOTES Boxcar Children Redux Two titles mark a landmark anniversary of a classic series. The first, The Boxcar Children 60th Anniversary Edition by Gertrude Chandler Warner, illus. by L. Kate Deal, contains the original text, with an introduction by Barbara Elleman, as well as a brief biography of the author, b&w photos and "An Open Letter to Children Who Ask How I Happened to Write The Boxcar Children," all contained in a handsomely designed volume. (Sept) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9780307284044
ISBN: 0307284042
Publisher: Listening Library
Dimensions: 12.5 x 14.38 x 1.02 centimetres (0.09 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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Phyllis Newman does an excellent job in reading the book, The Boxcar Children. Her voice is very calm as she tells the story of orphaned siblings Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny. This audio book was our favorite choice for "rest time" at the Montessori school I taught at years ago. The children never grew tired of hearing about the adventures and the teachers were happy to have those few quiet moments during the day.

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