The Boxcar Children Series

Book review by Barbara Lawrence, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Engaging classic mystery series great for beginning readers.

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 5 reviews

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I read this book when I was in the 4th grade. It was the first book I had ever had to do a 'project' on. I used a box from the large kitchen matches as my box-car. For the 4 children i used the flat wooden spoons that came with our ice cream snacks. I drew faces on the spoons and pasted cut out clothes on them. I had little sprigs of tree branches as trees. I am 68 now (2019), I have always loved trains and I think of that book every time one passes. I enjoyed the series that followed and the 4 Alden children solving mysteries in each book. The original story really got me hooked on reading! It left a lasting impression.

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