Gertrude Chandler Warner and The Boxcar Children by Mary Ellen Ellsworth

Gertrude Chandler Warner and The Boxcar Children by Mary Ellen Ellsworth

Gertrude Chandler Warner and The Boxcar Children by Mary Ellen Ellsworth

Stars: ****

Albert Whitman & Company (1997)
Biography (designed for children)

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a post on another blog but I decided to write a review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: As a child, Gertrude Chandler Warner dreamed of living in a boxcar. When she grew up, she wrote her dream. Her third-grade students were the first children to read The Boxcar Children. Since then millions of readers have enjoyed the story of Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden. Even today, The Boxcar Children series continues. Here is the story of the talented woman whose dream inspired her to write books of adventure that all children could read an enjoy.

Biography of Gertrude Chandler Warner

This biography, written for children, shows the authors life from when she was born in 1890 till she died in 1979. As of this review, The Boxcar Children books have been around for 75 years. The book shows what life was like in the early 1900s which in of itself is interesting to the reader.

The book contains some glossy black and white photos in the middle of the book which brings the story to life for the young reader. Although the book was designed for kids I enjoyed it immensely.

Gertrude was a teacher so if you have always wondered what it was like to be a teacher back then you’ll get a good idea from the book. The Boxcar Children was FAR from her first book and in fact she first wrote a story at age 9.

One day her father came home from New York City with a cello for her. The cello, a bow, a carrying case, and an instruction book cost fourteen dollars. That was about the price of a new bicycle then. It was also about two weeks of a teacher’s salary. – pg 18

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.

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