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The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.

©1949, 1977 Albert Whitman & Company (P)2011 Listening Library

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A well written children's classic!

Would you listen to The Boxcar Children again? Why?

Yes, I read this in book format approx. 25 yrs. ago and adored it so I decided to read it for fun again or listen rather. The narrator is fabulous so I would definitely "re-listen" to it after I finish some other books.

What other book might you compare The Boxcar Children to and why?

Hmmm, maybe a Nancy Drew mystery since The Boxcar Children is a mystery of sorts. That's a difficult question.

Which character – as performed by Phyllis Newman – was your favorite?

Benny just came alive for me so he would have to be a favorite. I can just see him and his chubby little baby cheeks eating wild blueberries, adorable!

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  • J
  • Grantsville, WV, United States
  • 06-21-15

The Boxcar Children. Nbr 1

Beautiful story. Children enjoyed it thoroughly. We played it on a long ride to the beach.

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Love

We listen to this at bedtime with the kids every chance we get!! This brought back my childhood like nothing else could!! Love.

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Not enough to go around or take home!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would gladly recommend this audiobook to a friend and even strangers. I bought this book for my daughter because this was the chapter book that her class was reading. However, the teacher did not have enough to let students take the books home and catch up. My daughter came to the school after they had completed chapter five. She was told that she had to complete all the study guides from the very first chapter. She already has enough issues with reading and is about a year behind. So, I decided to buy the audio book for her, thinking it would help her to catch up because she was able to complete the chapters 1-5 at home and on the weekends. At the same time help her stay with them for the rest of the chapters. I also wondered if the audio book would give her a little more understanding of what she is reading. Figuring that if she is able to listen to someone else read the book and can take notes while listening maybe this would benefit her and give her a better comprehension of the story in general. It worked she was able to take notes and was able to catch up and turn in all her work before the semester ended for. She was also able to use her notes that she took while listening to finish her study guides and complete all the questions. In the end she was able to bring her reading grade up from a low C to a high B almost an A. I could not have ask for better. I know now that I am able to help her with her comprehension issue while reading can be overcome by getting her audio books. Giving her the ability to take notes while listening to the story. Thank You Audiobooks from and greatful mother.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boxcar Children?

When their grandfather went and got them their boxcar because he knew how much that the boxcar meant to the children and that it had became a part of the children after all that time.

Have you listened to any of Phyllis Newman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not sure. Think it would be Boxcars more than just a part of a train.

Any additional comments?

Thank You again for helping my 11 year old daughter not only catch up from five chapters behind; but also for helping her improve her grade and gain more confidence in her ability to read and comprehend what she is reading. I know how hard it can be to not understand what you are reading, then be ask questions from your teacher. Being afraid to answer in front of the class because you have no idea what the answer is. Even though you have just read the chapter with the class. I was once that student who had a reading comprehension issue when I was younger. I was made fun of because I never understood what I was reading and could never answer the teacher's questions correctly. So, thank you for taking away my daughters fear of answering questions. Along with being able to pass her test.

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  • S
  • 09-26-17

Kids loved it, I hated it

The 5 & 2 year old loved this story. There's not much to the story, and the narrator's cloying voice adds to the overly wholesome vibe of it. Mercifully, it was short.

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The book was amazing!

It is amazing! It has so many adventures! If you like the book, then you should probably listen to this

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Fantastic narrator

The narrator, with her gentle voice and thoughtful internation, made this book exceptional! The story is wholesome, beautiful, and invokes images of an idealistic time. It was wonderful to be swept away to such a happy place!

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my favorite

if I could give this 5000 stars, I would! I love the Boxcar Children! I'm 6.5yo. I love all the mysteries, but the first is the best!

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awesome story, great narration

my children kept begging to listen to more and more...loved it. awesome narration. great buy.

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good book

This book was good. It helped my child fall asleep. I wish it could be a little longer though.

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