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The Railway Children [Kindle Edition]

E. (Edith) Nesbit
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"It's a story that was written more than 100 years ago, yet The Railway Children commands the affections of the British people like few other fictions" (Daily Telegraph)

"Guaranteed to jerk a tear from the most stony-faced child" (Observer)

"The Railway Children was one of the first children's classics I ever read. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it. I started reading the story and was immediately gripped. E. Nesbit remembered exactly what it felt like to be a child" (Jacqueline Wilson)

"Her child characters were remarkable in her day because they are so entirely human. They are intelligent, vain, aggressive, humorous, witty, cruel, compassionate. . . in fact, they are like adults" (Gore Vidal)

"So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!" (National Association for the Teaching of English)

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The story of three children unhappily wrenched from their London home, who discover a new life in the countryside and become the Railway Children

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 242 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1438299605
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082UKP8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always A Favourite 25 July 2012
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I think everyone must know the basic story of this classic, either through reading the book or seeing the film The Railway Children [DVD], (I was only little, and I immediately fell in love with Jenny Agutter). If you have only ever seen the film before though, there is a lot more in the book.

Roberta 'Bobbie', Peter, and Phyllis live in the suburbs with their mother and father, in some comfort. One day though, their father mysteriously disappears and the rest of the family are forced to move into the country, where they live in straightened circumstances. As the children grow accustomed to their new surroundings they start to gradually make friends, helping people and getting into all types of adventure.

Why I think this story works so well, whereas others have fallen by the wayside and not been so popular over the years is the way that Edith Nesbit portrays the children. If you have siblings yourself then you know the bickerings and other things that go on when you are little. This is shown really well in this book, and surely has led to its popularity. I know you have probably read it when you were young, but it is a nice book to come back to when you are older, and something that your children should also love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming 14 Jun. 2012
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Both charming and beautifully written this story almost demands to be read out aloud to children. If you're expecting lots of illustrations of 1905 locomotives however look elsewhere as the illustrations just consist of some black and white photographs from the well known film and later TV series placed at the end of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic. 11 Aug. 2013
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Reading this brought back great memories of the film.

Whentheir Father is taken away in the middle of the night Bobbie (Roberta), Phil (Phyllis) and Peter think it is to do with his work. However, they soon find out that they are not staying in their little red bricked villa in London but are instead going to live in the country and are now quite poor.

Their Mother writes stories to make ends meet and for the most part the children are left to their own devices. What does interest them though is the railway. Every day they sit and wait for the express to go by and wave to an old gentleman who always sits in first class. They also make friends with Perks the station keeper. He is written about just as he was in the film...........I could even imagine Bernard Cribbins talking to them as I read on.

The children have lots of adventures and try to be helpful and kind to everyone. Sometimes of course they get it horribly wrong like in the case of Perk's birthday presents.

Of course they quarrel as children will always do but they always make up with each other usually by saying Pax. That brought back memories of going to school for me as well.

There is a sentence towards the end of the book uttered by Bobbie that had me in also had me in tears when I watched the film.

This is a delightful classic and I believe is adored by both children and adults like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True classic 16 Jan. 2015
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This has always been one of my favourite stories and despite that its a children's book I still love reading it. One of the true classic children's books of all times. Highly recommend reading this story if you haven't had the time or missed it as a child.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok 14 Feb. 2015
By Galning
Format:Kindle Edition
Never revisit your childhood memories... When I was a nipper I read a battered copy of this book that had belonged to my mother and so I went for a bit of nostalgia. Sadly, It's not aged very well.

It's very "famous 5" in that (as would be expected in a 100 year old book) everything is kind of "gosh" and the speech sounds very middle class. And, like the famous 5, the 3 children avert disasters on virtually a daily basis. I cannot imagine it holding the attention of modern children.

Leaving all that aside I think the biggest let down (this time around) was the ending. The scene where Bobbie heads to the station because she feels something is going to happen tugs at the heart strings. But then it just kind of fizzles out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 16 May 2014
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Having seen the film many times I thought it was about time I read the book. Lovely family story, great characters to empathize with. Some parts have not been included in the films so I was pleasantly surprised. Great book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars TIME LESS CLASSIC 10 Oct. 2014
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Having never read this book before I assumed wrongly it would be a fairly simplistic children's book. I could not have been more wrong. It was written I believe around 1902 which I assumed would also make it stayed and dated. All credit to the author as despite the period the book was written it it deals not only with some very adult themes but also some themes which are as relevant to us today as they were to persons living in the early 1900. Having seen the film a number of times it was great to read the book to put everything into context and allow the imagination a free roam not constrained by a film directors interpretation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 18 Jan. 2015
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Timeless classic, taking the reader back to the endless summer's of childhood. First time I have read this book and will definitely come back to it one day.
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