Reading along with her as the guide has been a delight. Most chapters end with a kind of suspense that pulls the reader along. Amanda, having the upper hand of knowledge since she has read the book already, loves to ask me, "So, what do you think will happen?" She has been proud to share it with me and lead in the discovery of these new characters.
This is a great story, and I can see why the series is one of my daughter's favorites. I don't know how the stories written latercompare with the first eighteen which Gertrude Chandler wrote herself, but I find many things to admire about this book:
- the glorification and positive spin on chores and responsibilities
- the love and care that the siblings show for each other
- a healthy dose of imagination and suspended reality as the kids live alone and take care of themselves.
Ms. Chandler herself once wrote to her fans, "Perhaps you know that the original Boxcar Children raised a storm of protest from librarians who thought the children were having too good a time without any parental control! That is exactly why children like it! Most of my own childhood exploits, such as living in a freight car, received very little cooperation from my parents."
As I was searching for some information about Gertrude Chandler, I came across this page on
I also used this source for Ms. Chandler's biographical information.