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Little Homeschool on the Prairie: BoxCar Children Diorama

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The Boxcar Children Official Trailer 1 (2014) - J.K. Simmons, Joey King Movie HD

One warm summer night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them. No one knew where they had come from... Meet Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, The Boxcar Children.

Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in Putnam, Connecticut on April 16, 1890. Due to her poor health, she never finished high school and studied with a tutor. During World War I, a shortage of teachers prompted the local school board to hire her to teach first grade, a position she held for over 30 years. She wrote the first Boxcar book in 1924, while home recuperating from an illness, but the version most people are familiar with was originally published in 1942. The Alden children became so popular that she wrote 19 adventures about them including Surprise Island, Mystery Ranch, and Snowbound Mystery. She died at age 89 August 29, 1979, but the Boxcar Children are still being written about by a team of writers faithful to her vision.

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The Boxcar Children: created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The issue of facial features does lead to certain hilarity at one point in the mid to end of the movie, in which Henry partakes in a race at a fair to win the 25$ prize. Due to the budget, this generally dull scene causes some of the most interesting highlights of the movie. The faces and voice acting give way to a very interesting look, such as the ‘climax’, in which the expressions given look almost freakish from lack of recognizable features, making it all the more hilarious and a slow-as-molasses script bearable.

All in all, The Boxcar Children is a slow but still charming straight-to-DVD/Netflix movie. Its creative art direction makes what could have easily been a boring feature film surprisingly enjoyable. The lack of budget shows in character work as well as objects, and the voice acting feels phoned in at many points, but the heart behind it is there. The Boxcar Children is a decent film for a lazy sunday viewing nonetheless.


Born in Putnam, Connecticut, Warner dreamed of being a famous author from the age of five. Her favorite book was. Being in a musical family, she was almost predisposed to play an instrument; in her case, she chose the cello, and her father bought her a cello kit at a young age. However, because of her frequent illness, Warner never finished high school. After leaving in her sophomore year, she learned from a tutor and finished her secondary education. In 1918, while she was teaching Sunday School, Warner was called to teach first grade, mainly because male teachers were being called to serve in World War I. She thought up the Boxcar Children while at home, sick. The stories were perfect for children, especially the majority (at least in her class) who did not speak English very well. She was criticized for displaying children with little parental supervision; her critics thought that this would encourage child rebellion. Her response was, however, that the children liked it for that very reason.