Book Title: THE BOXCAR CHILDREN BEGINNING: THE ALDENS OF FAIR MEADOW FARM
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Format: Chapter Book
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
The Boxcar Children, an award-winning series with over 150 titles and more than 50 million copies in print, has been continuously in print since the publication of the first book in 1942. Albert Whitman celebrates the 70th anniversary of this beloved series in 2012. Albert Whitman & Company President John Quattrocchi notes, “Young readers have long wondered how the Boxcar Children came to be orphans. We are pleased and honored that an author of Patricia MacLachlan’s talent and understanding of children will reveal the answer to the world.”
Newbery-Award winning author Patricia MacLachlan pays loving tribute to the classic novel by Gertrude Chandler Warner in this story of the Alden children's origins and the challenges they faced before their boxcar adventures.
Page Number: 144
Copyright Date: 2012
Copyright Date: 2013
A 2012 ABC Best Book for Children
“An approachable lead-in that serves to fill in the background both for confirmed fans and readers new to the series.”
"Fans of the series will be pleased by this gentle addition, and others may very well be inspired to discover what lies in store for Henry, Violet, Jessie, and Benny."
"The innocence of the children is well captured through their straightforward dialogue, and each child has a distinct personality that will appeal to old fans and new readers of the series."
School Library Journal
"Sketchlike pencil illustrations throughout depict the many highs and lows of the siblings' tale and nicely complement MachLachlan's smooth, accessible narrative."
The Horn Book Magazine