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The paperback editions of The Boxcar Children Mysteries: #1, The Boxcar Children; #2, Surprise Island; #3, The Yellow House Mystery; and #4, Mystery Ranch are offered together in a cardboard case.


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The paperback editions of The Boxcar Children Mysteries: #1, The Boxcar Children; #2, Surprise Island; #3, The Yellow House Mystery; and #4, Mystery Ranch are offered together in a cardboard case.

30 review for The Boxcar Children 1-4

  1. 5 out of 5

    Krista Wayment

    My Rating/Reviewing MO When I was younger I hated reading. Bless my mothers heart she struggled so much to teach me. Then we picked up the boxcar children and started reading them out loud to each other. I fell in love with reading after this and that summer devoured everything I could get my hands on. This is the story of a group of siblings that find themselves living in a boxcar. It is amazing to see their resourcefulness and loyalty to each other. They even solve a mystery. My Rating/Reviewing MO When I was younger I hated reading. Bless my mothers heart she struggled so much to teach me. Then we picked up the boxcar children and started reading them out loud to each other. I fell in love with reading after this and that summer devoured everything I could get my hands on. This is the story of a group of siblings that find themselves living in a boxcar. It is amazing to see their resourcefulness and loyalty to each other. They even solve a mystery. I recommend these books to any young reader!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shana

    I remembered loving these books as a child, especially the first and so recommended it to my 8 year old. That was 2 months ago. We read the first 4 together, she has read another 15 on her own. She says she loves them! Of course, it happens that #19 is the last written by Gertrude Chandler, so perhaps the tone will change. my daughter likes the mysteries, the adventure, and says she prefers the "historical" stories like Surprise Island, the Bicycle Mystery, Benny Uncovers a Mystery, T I remembered loving these books as a child, especially the first and so recommended it to my 8 year old. That was 2 months ago. We read the first 4 together, she has read another 15 on her own. She says she loves them! Of course, it happens that #19 is the last written by Gertrude Chandler, so perhaps the tone will change. my daughter likes the mysteries, the adventure, and says she prefers the "historical" stories like Surprise Island, the Bicycle Mystery, Benny Uncovers a Mystery, Treehouse Mysery, Woodshed Mystery, etc. I like the way these children are always positive and in action, polite and work together well. Very wholesome obsession! shana

  3. 5 out of 5

    SallyB

    Other than some outdated words that you wouldnt say nowadays, still a keeper.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Luke Higginson

    the boxcar children are a group of kids that ran away from there grandparents. But thats because they didn't know that there grandpa was rich. there names are henry,violet,billy, and jessie. they ran away and found a boxcar in the woods so they lived in it. there parents died somehow I don't know. But it could say in the other ones because I have only read the first one. So how they meet there grandpa is henry ran a race and won and the one who gave him the prize was his grandpa. Their grandpa r the boxcar children are a group of kids that ran away from there grandparents. But thats because they didn't know that there grandpa was rich. there names are henry,violet,billy, and jessie. they ran away and found a boxcar in the woods so they lived in it. there parents died somehow I don't know. But it could say in the other ones because I have only read the first one. So how they meet there grandpa is henry ran a race and won and the one who gave him the prize was his grandpa. Their grandpa recognized them and got them to live with him after they realized he was rich. then they lived happily ever after the end.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    These books were my first reads from a public library. I still remember my mother walking me into the library for the first time and helping me pick out some books. I was in awe of the place. I remember that I initially liked these books because they were about children having an adventure on their own. We used to build forts in the back yard and on my grandpa's farm, so when I read about these kids living in a boxcar, I could immediately imagine what it must be like to make a home for yourself These books were my first reads from a public library. I still remember my mother walking me into the library for the first time and helping me pick out some books. I was in awe of the place. I remember that I initially liked these books because they were about children having an adventure on their own. We used to build forts in the back yard and on my grandpa's farm, so when I read about these kids living in a boxcar, I could immediately imagine what it must be like to make a home for yourself in that way. I kept reading them because the kids got to solve mysteries.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pghgranola

    As a child, I read these first 4 books of the series, over and over. My elementary school librarian joked that the library's copies might as well have been mine. I hope my own daughter will find the same enjoyment in these books when she is older.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I grew up loving these books. They were a staple in my reading list. My daughter brought one home from the library recently and I hope she can find the story as interesting as I did in my youth. A great series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Briynne

    I loved the first one, but it stopped being fun once they stopped living in a train and started being millionaires.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I really loved these books when I was younger, now I can read them in about 30 minutes but they are great for a young reader or just a quick read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    My very favorite series as a child. I especially loved the first book. My sisters and I used to play "Boxcar Children." :) My kids have all loved these books as well...the original series that is.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Elementary school.. I loved these books.. they let my little self go on an adventure .. I still remember the thrill :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    very nice book and be thankful you don't live in a boxcar

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dana Goodmon

    I loved these books growing up and always got so excited for book fairs so I could buy the next one! I think a re-read is in order to relive these books of my childhood!

  14. 4 out of 5

    KD204

    The book, The Box Cart Children, is about these kids that are orphans because their mom and dad died. They have a grandfather but they think that their grandfather will not treat them right . One day they were walking around and they crossed a bakery and bought some bread and a cupcake for the you youngest child Binny, who was begging for it. Benny is about 6 years old. Henry the oldest child about 14 years old and paid for the food and Jessi the 2nd to oldest put the bread in her backpack.Viole The book, The Box Cart Children, is about these kids that are orphans because their mom and dad died. They have a grandfather but they think that their grandfather will not treat them right . One day they were walking around and they crossed a bakery and bought some bread and a cupcake for the you youngest child Binny, who was begging for it. Benny is about 6 years old. Henry the oldest child about 14 years old and paid for the food and Jessi the 2nd to oldest put the bread in her backpack.Violet the 3rd to oldest child violet is about 12 year old and goes to sleep right away. Then they see that a storm is about to come so Jessi asked the the woman if they could stay here for the night and they would work for them in exchange for letting them stay their. The woman agrees and let them stay the night. Wondering what happens next read the book and see what happens. I loved this book. I love books that contain an adventure and very descriptive text .This book contains black and white illustrations and not much detail. My favorite thing about this book is the creativity that the children have and use as their advantage. The main characters are very polite and loving for everything . There is literally nothing to hate about this book. I recommend this book for 8 and up . I read this book when I was in 3rd grade and i still have the book. Even though I am still in 6th grade and still read this book .If you love adventure and outsmarting people you will love this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Iriagbonse Ugbogbo

    The boxcar children was a very pleasant and interesting book to read. It's hard to expect what will happen in the book, which I like because it's nice when you find suprises in a book like that. That's what makes the book interesting. It also has a nice little ending that cheers you up and makes you happy. One quote that I admired from the book was "He could not remember, but he liked Mr. Alden very much. All the children liked them because he was kind to them." I just liked Mr. Alden so much be The boxcar children was a very pleasant and interesting book to read. It's hard to expect what will happen in the book, which I like because it's nice when you find suprises in a book like that. That's what makes the book interesting. It also has a nice little ending that cheers you up and makes you happy. One quote that I admired from the book was "He could not remember, but he liked Mr. Alden very much. All the children liked them because he was kind to them." I just liked Mr. Alden so much because he's just so nice and I use this quote to show that. This quote how good of a role model he is because he's always being so kind to others. That's why I recommend this book to all ages, but mostly young children. But young or not, everyone should read this book because we all need role models like this in life no matter how old you are.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Minami Yano

    The Boxcar Children series is definitely one of my all time favorites. Since this book was pretty old, there were some words that I did not understand when I read it. For Example, "Telegram" or "Station Wagon". Although this is a short book itself, I am really happy that the Boxcar Children was a series that had over 100 books. My dad got them for me and was worried I would not like the series because the series was old fashioned, but I ended up loving it. My favorite book out of the series was The Boxcar Children series is definitely one of my all time favorites. Since this book was pretty old, there were some words that I did not understand when I read it. For Example, "Telegram" or "Station Wagon". Although this is a short book itself, I am really happy that the Boxcar Children was a series that had over 100 books. My dad got them for me and was worried I would not like the series because the series was old fashioned, but I ended up loving it. My favorite book out of the series was the first book, because it was interesting how they had to learn to survive on their own. The other books in the series were not as good as the first one but they had more mystery in it. In my opinion this series was fun, interesting and was filled with mystery and it deserves 5 stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    This book is geared to elementary age children, its great for helping kids learn to love reading. I loved these books because they have a good plot and the children in this book are self-reliant, positive, family oriented and very hard workers - and that is refreshing to read about these days! I think kids reading this book will enjoy the adventures and maybe even learn to find creative solutions to their problems and help each other like the siblings in this book do. Loved it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    I had a 2nd grader recommend these books to me. They are rather simple and predictable. However, they make for a great 2nd grader read. They are also short enough that you could probably read them aloud with your child. This is a collection of the first four stories in the series. I suspect that this foray will be enough for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I read these as a girl and just finished reading books 1-4 with my 7 year old daughter. She loves these books, they are great for her reading level and the stories are a bit nastalgic for me. I like that the series continues, my daughter has gained a lot of confidence reading together and plans to read more in the series on her own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    The old language throws me off a bit. Gertrude used the word "queer" a lot for "strange" but since slang has evolved it now means something rude. My son is too young to understand the complications of the word.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Burnam

    I read all the Boxcar Children books as a kid and LOVED them. They are an awesome series that are entertaining for children. I highly recommend them. Have such fond memories. Cannot wait to read and/or share them with my grandchildren one day.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Myra Benedict

    Boxcar children:one stormy night 4 children were standing in front of a bakery no one knew them or where they came from .they ran away from there grandpa Alden who is a rich man .but soon in a strange place they find a old boxcar and live there but. Will they ever find a home?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    Wonderful stories to inspire siblings to be kind to one another.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    These were childhood favorites of mine, and so I was quite pleased to learn that my local library had them. They're actually still great reads; very wholesome, and good for all ages.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ivett

    The boxcar children are a great set of books. They have mysteries and Adventures and lits if excitement. If you like those kinds of books you should read them. Enjoyyyyy!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jack Drellack

    It was a good book 4 stars. It was about 4 kids and they have to survive on their own. They come alone food, a home a dog named watch. What will Henry have for a job

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I read these four books to my kids and they loved them just as much as I remember loving them! They are such fun adventures for young kids, and the boxcar children are nice role models.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Parisa

    a little adventurous and pulls you into the story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Reid

    my favorite character is Henrey. I would not change the ending because it is really good.what surprised me was when Benny found a dog.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Girl

    I like all of the books mostly because of the background story of the kids and just what the kids do in the books.

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