- By E. Nesbit

The Railway Children

  • Title: The Railway Children
  • Author: E. Nesbit
  • ISBN: 9780140621624
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Railway Children When Father mysteriously goes away the children and their mother leave their happy life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country The Three Chimneys lies beside a railway track a con

    When Father mysteriously goes away, the children and their mother leave their happy life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country The Three Chimneys lies beside a railway track a constant source of enjoyment to all three But the mystery remains where is Father, and will he ever return

    1 thought on “The Railway Children

    1. The shock involved in crying over a children's book that endorses theft, children soliciting favours from old men, and frequent acts of trespass on to Railway property is hard to describe.As is the dislocation in reading a Father tell his son that girls are as clever as boys before inviting his daughter to consider a railway career, and a man with a Polish surname imprisoned in Siberia for offending the Russian state. Still, I am fairly sure that this was published in 1906 and not 2006, afterall [...]

    2. Pilot for the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, The Railway Children versus Atlas ShruggedIt's a capacity crowd tonight at the Surrealist Boxing Stadium, and everyone's wondering if The Railway Children have a chance against Atlas Shrugged. I can see them in the blue corner, I must say they look nervous, they know they're behind on weight and reach but their supporters are out in force, that's always worth a lot, Bobbie is trying to calm Phyllis, she's whispering something in her ear. And [...]

    3. Question: Why do I read Children's Literature?Answer: I read them because they are feel good stories and they fill you to the brim with hopes. They teach you great lessons through simple actions and easy sentences.Question: Did The Railway Children fulfill these expectations?Answer: Certainly. My Four Stars rating is the proof of that.Question: Why not a Five star rating?Answer: Unfortunately I fell in the trap of comparison game. I compared it with other books of similar genre that had received [...]

    4. Recently, I have been going through a phase of revisiting my favourite childhood reads to see if they still garner the same awe and satisfaction when read as an adult. This, I was happy to discover, is as beloved to me now as when I first read it as a child.My younger self appreciated the focus on sibling bonds - from their minor feuds to their lasting camaraderie - but my older self has discovered the darker and more harrowing story-line, that I either seem to have prior missed or that had comp [...]

    5. changed my mind this is a5 STAR BOOK I am overwhelmed by the emotions and was hungover for a day. The whole journey throughout this book was magical. It was nostalgic. It was beautiful. This book tells the story of three children whose father is taken away by the police and they have to live with their mother in poverty nearside a railway station.If poverty is living in a wonderful countryside, meeting with lively people, roaming around free and exploring new areas then I will happily accept it [...]

    6. One thing I've noticed while reading "the classics" is that most of them center around female characters. I find that interesting, especially when you look over American educational statistics and see that girls generally fair much better at English class than boys. Perhaps this could be a reason?It was a relief, then, to read The Railway Children and discover that female and male characters get equal play in this book. In fact, it was the favorite book of a male friend of mine when he was littl [...]

    7. Children who have grown up with Matilda, The Dumb Bunnies or The Cat in the Hat can't really appreciate what an advance Edith Nesbit's The Railway Children actually was. For the first time, an author wrote about children who weren't miniature adults, who weren't preternaturally perfect, but who were flesh-and-blood children, children who quarreled and worried and snapped at one another when they grew fatigued or anxious.Nesbit also provides a somewhat realistic view into the Edwardian period: Wh [...]

    8. Listened to a Librivox recording of this classic during a nine-hour car ride. It kept me entertained throughout the journey (and also helped to keep carsickness at bay). I would probably have enjoyed this a lot more had I read this in my early teens, when I was obsessed with authors like Enid Blyton. It's a charming, feel-good children's story with a cast of precocious kids who have their share of adventures while also rescuing a couple of people and brightening up the lives of the town folk in [...]

    9. Nothing if not Strictly TruthfulAnd something wonderful did happen exactly four days after she had said this. I wish I could say it was three days after, because in fairy tales it is always three days after that things happen. But this is not a fairy story, and besides, it really was four and not three, and I am nothing if not strictly truthful.Edith Nesbit had her tongue well in her cheek, of course, as she came to the end of her children's classic, published 110 years ago in 1906. After all, t [...]

    10. I believe this may be one of the best children's stories I have ever read. Told in a creative and sprightly way, this book carries you into the story of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis. After their father is called away on a long, mysterious trip, these three must adjust and help their mother as they sell their mansion and move into a smaller cottage just outside of a rural village. There they make friends with various people who work at the railway station, and thus begins their love of trains. They [...]

    11. This is such an adorable story! My mom read it aloud to me and my brothers a couple years back. It's touching, funny, and picturesque.~Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews

    12. A light, summery, charming read in an old school British sort of way. It was a little slow paced and predictable though, then again I was expecting it to be like that. I did find the kids quite cheeky when they went around demanding things from the Old Gentlemen, the villagers, and the poor Doctor. I know they were trying to help their mum and other people, but it was still kind of greedy and cheeky. Though they were quite selfless and nice when it came to the Russian guy and the red jumper guy, [...]

    13. Again E. Nesbit shows herself expert at showing-not-telling, and at writing for anyone and everyone. With the story told from the point of view of the children, and aimed at children, all anyone under a certain height level is going to understand is that the father of the family goes away one night and does not come back, and the mother tells the three that he is away on business – and everything changes. Mother is upset or sad all the time, even when courageously pretending otherwise. The chi [...]

    14. I'm on a bit of a classics kick recently. And as mentioned in my review of For Love Of A Horse, these aren't the Oliver Twist sort of classics. These are classics that have framed my childhood - and my adulthood - and are just really, really good. I love The Railway Children. (And I love Bobbie in particular.)E Nesbit is a stylish, approachable author who writes with a sort of seditious aplomb. There's a whole level of this book that I missed first time round, the subtle comments on society, cla [...]

    15. This was an endearing read, but one that, for me, was nothing more than endearing. The children, the side characters, and the narrator were all well considered and gave an almost whimsical sensation to the book, but I was lost when trying to properly connect and feel emotionally invested. It was very reminiscent of Little Women but luckily had less of the sexist undertones. Yes, I am aware of when these books were written, but I felt almost 'dirtied' by such statements as; 'girls are so much sof [...]

    16. E. Nesbit's (Edith) story, The Railway Children, was published in 1906. This first decade of the 20th century also introduced us to Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and Burnett's A Little Princess. All three are considered childrens classics but are equally enjoyed by adult readers. Unlike many of today's children's stories, these classics place children in real life situations, and they find real life solutions to their problems. Although sometimes far fetched, they provide a level of belivabi [...]

    17. Meh. Tedious.I really thought I would enjoy a book about the railways, and I did enjoy that aspect of it. It's funny how quaint and informal the railway officials are but it was nice to see the children's growing love for the railway station, the trains and the employees working there. The plot, as it goes, was boring. The childrens' father was imprisoned for spying but the mother does not tell the children anything and lets them speculate all manner of terrible things, which I found to be quite [...]

    18. La historia nos cuenta las pequeñas aventuras de un Roberta, Peter y Phyllis tras trasladarse a vivir a Tres Chimeneas; todo ello tras un extraño suceso en su familia, de repente tu padre ha desaparecido y ellos no saben lo que ha pasado. En su nuevo emplazamiento, los niños vivirán entretenidas aventuras, harán amistad con el Jefe de la estación, con el mozo de la misma o con un misterioso Anciano Caballero que todos los días les saluda en el tren de las 9.15, tras salir del túnel.Narra [...]

    19. THE RAILWAY CHILDREN. (1906). E. Nesbit. ***. E. (Edith) Nesbit (1856-1924) was a writer of children’s books that were very successful in England and remain so to this day. She is not read much in America, primarily because her plots are simply too sweet for U.S. kids – or at least that’s what the critics say. In this book, one of her most popular, we meet a family of mother, father and three children. The kids are, from the eldest down, Roberta (Bobbie), Peter, and Phyllis. It’s a perfe [...]

    20. Written in 1906 - still fresh. The fact that there is no electricity and people walk instead of getting their mother to drive them are the only real indication of its age. On page 6 the father tells his ten year old son, "Of course they [girls] can help. Girls are just as clever as boys, and don't you forget it." When the father is taken away the 'clever' mother supports the family writing poems and children's stories. Her son regrets at one point that she has to be so clever as she has less tim [...]

    21. While reading some books, you smile often and this wasn't that kind of book. Because you don't smile often but always. The goodness of heart, the kindness, innocence and love is overwhelming especially in today's world. Almost an utopian work, worth a read not only for kids but also grown ups. And especially for the skeptics grown ups. Such works should be read more often. A breath of clean and fresh air amidst the polluted air that we breathe.

    22. Thích hơn quyển 'Five Children and It' cũng của Nesbit (đã được dịch sang tiếng Việt, mang tựa đề 'Năm đứa trẻ và con tiên cát', bản dịch của Nguyễn Thị Huyền, NXB Văn hóa Thông tin).Một cuốn sách mang tính giáo dục, nhưng đầy nhẹ nhàng chứ không khô cứng vì câu chuyện diễn ra thật tự nhiên.Đang sống trong sung sướng, những đứa trẻ rơi vào cảnh khốn cùng khi cha của chúng bị bắt, mẹ ph [...]

    23. A sweet, charming listen, thanks to LibriVox! A little contrived at times, but quite pleasantly so. 4.5 stars.

    24. I've read this children's classic by E. Nesbit many times over the years, and this time I really enjoyed listening to this fine audiobook, which is enhanced by Virginia Leishman's excellent narration.

    25. This story reminded me of the nursery rhyme “Sugar and spice and everything nice; That's what little girls are made of.” It was just so sickly sweet and innocent. I get it though, as it was written in 1906, when kids were encouraged to make friends outside and most people cared about respecting one another.For the most part, this was a cute story. It was enjoyable, despite the Mary-Sue behavior of all the characters. The only thing that didn’t hold up well was the gender conversation, but [...]

    26. I can't say this was the most exciting book to read. I bought this book because I had heard so much about it, it's such a classic and well-known novel that gets referenced now and again, and it looked like a quick and easy read, so I thought why not? Except, it took me longer to finish than expected, only because I wasn't too interested in the storytelling or overall plot. It revolves around 3 siblings who come from a comfortable background with a nice house, servants etc. One evening, their fat [...]

    27. Không phải ai cũng có thể/nên viết câu chuyện đời mình.Điều cảm nhận đầu tiên đó là Sách rất Đẹp và cả câu chuyện trong Sách cũng rất đẹp. Đẹp nhất là những cái tên, như con tàu "Rồng Xanh" (còn có tên gọi khác là Ốc Sên), con tàu "Giun của Wantley" và con tàu "Nỗi Sợ Hãi Bay Trong Đêm", ngôi Biệt Thự Đỏ hay ngôi nhà trắng Ba Ống KhóiĐiều thứ hai và cũng là hết điều rồi, là nhữn [...]

    28. Cute but nothing terribly special. I read this mainly because C.S. Lewis loved Nesbit's work. Nothing magical happened in this book thoughjust your typical good children doing good and saving the day sort of tale.

    29. Brings back great memories of watching the film as a kid.Not sure how children today would react to it, as parts of it seem very dated, and also a bit sexist.Overall though, I really enjoyed it.

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