Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
I was graciously given the Boxcar Children Early Reader Set to review based on the books by Gertrude Chandler Warner and published by Albert Whitman & Company. We read the original Boxcar Children and it is a family favorite of ours.
The Boxcar Early Reader Children Set
The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set is just as much loved by my boys who are 6 and 8. The beautiful illustrations really bring these books to life. We are eclectic but stick more to a Charlotte Mason approach in our family. I found these early readers to be free of “twaddle”.
For early readers, the stories are engaging and perfect for a CM based home. The series includes:
- The Boxcar Children
- Surprise Island
- The Yellow House Mystery
- Mystery Ranch
The books naturally follow an order and progress with the characters that are introduced in The Boxcar Children. After the first introduction of who the boxcar children are, you are taken on a ride of mystery and problem-solving in the subsequent books of the set.
These 4 books based on the Boxcar Children book series include an abbreviated plot line that is easy to follow and provides just the right amount of challenge for young readers.. We had read only the original Boxcar Children and my boys started to compare things that were not in the book.
However, this did not deter them from loving the early reader set. They enjoyed reading them, and have become my boy’s new favorites when they get to free pick a book for storytime.
I won’t give away the storyline, but each of these books is a great learning tool to use in your home. They are rated for K-2 or ages 5-7. Whether your child is reading on their own, or you utilize these books as a fun read for enjoyment, this set adds value if you have kids aged 4-8.
The thing I appreciated most about this set as a Charlotte Mason based home, is as an early reader set they are not too dumbed down. There is a rich language in the sentence structure.
Oftentimes, many early readers don’t engage enough or use very simple plot lines and sentences. This was not the case with The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set. I think it is important for children to have books that they naturally are drawn to which helps foster a love of reading on their own.
When I received the books I really didn’t think that my boys would take to them as they did, but they LOVE them. Especially my youngest. He asks to read the entire set practically every day. He even has a specific order he likes them read in.
You can tell that the authors really had a love for the Boxcar Classics and that they wrote these books with the intention of instilling a love for reading. I can see that this would inspire older children to read the series once they are fully reading chapter books on their own.
A fun family homeschool project could be if you have middle school-aged kids and younger ones. You could coordinate the books from the set and the series and have the children discuss the plotline and characters together.
I always know my boys enjoy books when in their playtime they act out what we’ve read recently. Our house has been full of mystery-solving lately.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a gift for a family with young readers ages 6-8, or want a good fun set of reading adventure for your children, I would recommend The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set for any household.
Go and check out the crew’s reviews to find out more about the Boxcar Classics and see if these readers are a good investment in your home.