Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Boxcar Children

I remember when I was a kid reading a series of books called The Boxcar Children. They were all about the adventures of the Alden children. After the death of their parents they were to live with their grandfather but they ran away and found an old abandoned boxcar that they lived in.
It's been years since I thought about these stories but I saw something while out walking that brought them all back to mind.
This may not be a box car, but it was close enough to remind me of the books
Did you ever read The Boxcar Children? What was your favorite book when you were a child?


Anonymous said...

I remember Mrs.Kuhn reading us those books when I was in 3rd Grade! Dont remember much of them but I remember liking them.

LDH said...

Very cool photo, Ann! I was not familiar with that series of books. Isn't it fun when something long forgotten pops back into our thoughts :)

tahtimbo said...

That would certainly remind me of those stories. I'm pretty sure that I remember reading those stories. If they're the ones I'm thinking of, I really likes them.

Anny said...

I love the picture :) Mine was the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.. recently i bought the book again for old times sake and reread it :D

June Zach said...

Sorry but I am not familiar with The Boxcar Children. My favorite book when I was still a kid was "Jack and the Beanstalk". It was a classic. ^_^

BeadedTail said...

I'm not familiar with that story but it sounds like a good series. Great photo too - looks like that "boxcar" has lots of tales to tell.

Grace said...

For minute I thought you were referring to the children who were shipped out west on the "orphan" trains - interesting story that one.

I don't know if I have a favorite book from childhood - I read everything I could get my hands on and I still have 3 or 4 of them. The earliest memory I have of a book was a big picture book version of the Wizard of Oz.

And yes, a very cool picture.

marie said...

My daughters read The Boxcar Children books ~ in fact I think I still have a stack of them. My favorites were Trixie Beldon, Donna Parker and Nancy Drew...all mystery series.
Great photo ~ I can see how it reminds you of boxcars.

Nessa said...

I haven't read The Boxcar Children but it sounds like a great book. I don't recall having a favorite book as a child but I do remember the story about the Tortoise and the Hare because I was forced to play the Hare in a play... I think I was about 7 or 8 years old then.

Duni said...

I have heard of the title, but can't remember whether I read them or not! My favourite books were those written by Astrid Lindgren. The stories were so wholesome :)

DK Miller said...

Great photo. I am not familiar with the Boxcar Children though. As a kid I think I read every Nancy Drew book and Every book written by Judy Bloom.

Russ said...

Never read them. Your picture does look like a box car. I spent some time in them when I was young.I didn't physically lose my parents. My brother and I use to run away all the time.We always got caught and brought back to the leather strap.
I liked A Tale of Two Cities. It goes way back in my family.Actually in France.

FishHawk said...

Nope, I missed that series. Was it based upon true events?

Out on the prairie said...

Had lots of these for my girls, always got them when at garage sales.

Alterity Button Jewelry said...

I missed that series, too. I was way into Alice in Wonderland (over and over) and Nancy Drew mysteries. Which is interesting...I HATE mystery stories now. Guess I just read too much of them when I was a kid!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

You know I've never read that series but it sounds like something I would like. I love adventures. I had many favorites but the one that really sticks with me is the Old Man and The Sea.

VanillaSeven said...

My favorite book when I was a child was Noddy. It's about a wooden toy with the spring as his neck. Very entertaining :)

B Boys Mom said...

YES I sure do remember reading these books. What memories this has brought back. I don't know what grade I was in but my teacher read several of these books to the class.

Marg said...

The name sounds really familiar but I don't remember if I read them or not. If I do, I don't remember then but I bet they are good stories. Thanks for the reminder.
Have a great week end.
An extra treat for Duke please.

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I never read them! They sound like something I would of liked. I liked Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Read them about 100 times. This is another cool, but creepy picture! Don't old buildings seem eerie? said...

I've never read The Boxcar Children...but I am intrigued by what you have said so I am going to look them up...I don't know what was my favourite book as a child really....I loved Richard Adams and have a collection of Animal Stories which were hand picked by him and although I was bought this book for my 10th Christmas I still have it. I also remember reading a book called, Goodnight Mister was quite a sad book and I remember crying my way through to the end...maybe not my most favourite books as a child but two of my most memorable reads!!

Bossy Betty said...

My kids really liked "The Boxcar Children." I was more of a "Happy Hollister" girl!

Ann said...

Amanda, wow you know the books too.

LDH and sometimes it's the oddest things that spark a memory, this time it made sense though :)

tahtimbo it worked for me

Anny maybe I should see if I can find a copy of one of the boxcar children books

Junezach oh yes I remember Jack and the beanstalk

beaded tail I remember enjoying them.

Grace Actaully I think my favorite book was an old mother goose nursery rhyme book that I had for ages.

marie I used to read a lot of Nancy Drew books also

Nessa forced to play the hare huh? I hated doing plays when I was in school, I was very shy

Duni I'm not familiar with that author

DKMiller yep I think I read all the Nancy Drew books myself

Russ that old leather strap, yikes. Just seeing my dads belt was enough to scare me. He never had to use it just let me see it :)

FishHawk I don't think it was

out on the prairie maybe I should scout the garage sales for them this summer

Alterity Button Jewelry I've always loved a good mystery even today.

Poetic Shutterbug I think I recall the old man and the sea but I can't be positive

Vanilla seven a spring for a neck, sounds like a cute book

BBoysMom I can't recall how old I was when I was introduced to them but I'm sure it was early on

Marg Duke thanks you for the extra treat, he said it was yummy

Cinnamon girl Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn what great adventures.

allotments4you I wish I would have saved some of my old books.

Bossy Betty I don't think I ever read Happy Hollister.

Donna said...

Never heard of them!!! Really!
The first book I Ever loved was Ferdinand....the second was The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck...Really!LOL

Ann said...

Donna, I guess we're even because I never heard of either of those two

Kennedy Ink said...

It has to be "where the wild things are" and "in the night kitchen"! Although I do remember loving "Ferdinand" as well. Actually, I think I love all the books I've read. I've been a bookworm forver!

Ann Martin said...

Oh you've brought back a great memory, Ann! I loved that book... I say book, because I don't think I've read others in the series, but I loved the one that started it off. My mom was a children's librarian and she brought it home for me and mys sister to read. It was old even then, but so good.

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