The Railway Children
It'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...more
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...more
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All in all, it was a very good book. At the beginning, I was sort of on shaky ground with the children, as their attitude of expecting everyone to just help them like it w...more
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 perfect famil...more
Ceritanya tentang keluarga, terdiri dari Father, Mother, dan tiga anak mereka, yaitu Bobbie, Peter, dan Phyllis. Karena ada suatu hal, ayah mereka meninggalkan mereka dan mereka pun harus pindah ke desa. Dan dari situ kisah dimulai.
Kisahnya sangat menggugah hati. Bobbie, Peter, dan Phyllis digambarkan sebagai anak-anak yang baik hati, ramah, rendah hati, dan suka menolong. Tapi, deskripsi pengarang tidak berlebihan sehingga tetap enak dibaca....more
What was educational for me was the vignette...more
Time travel is fraught with terrors, personal time travel most of all. Whether it is in the discovery that one's ancestors were criminals and murderers, or only that one's youthful tastes weren't as sophisticated as one thought (see note #74, on The Secret Garden here, for one example of that phenomenon).
My own childhood favourites include a surprising number of Brit-lit classics. Lewis Carroll and A.A. Milne, of course, held pride of place, along with the likes of Kipling's Jungle Books, Lan...more
I'm not sure if I would have liked it as much had I been reading it by myself. But cuddled up with each of the children as they shared their comments on the characters and situations has cemented The Railway Children into our memories. Our family dynamic contributed to the enjoyment.
Note to Par...more
The book is set in 1905. The war that's mentioned is clearly the...more
The family lives a happy and normal life until at one night when there are some unknown people want to meet up with their father. Their father was being taken away then, and they had to move to another house with much lower level of facilities to survive through their life. Their mother had t...more
Three English children in turn-of-the century London are suddenly obliged to leave their home and take up rural residence at Three Chimneys cottage. They are additionally confused by the unexplained disappearance of their father--who was falsely accused of embezzlement and wrongfully incarcerated. The saddened siblings seek solace in their new life by becoming familiar with unexplored means of transportation: the canal and the railroad.
Their plucky mother unde...more
Nesbit's plot it simple and delightful; perhaps not revolutionary but certainly wellwritten. The narrator of the story is very loud and reflective, and as a result the novel transport its readers back to the...more
I have no shame at all, even though I'm a (cough) thirty-something year old, in saying that I absolutely loved this book.
It harkens back to a more innocent era where children hav...more
Semua berubah ketika tamu itu datang. Ayah tidak terlihat dan Ibu mulai merahasiakan sesuatu dari mereka. Tiba-tiba mereka pun pindah ke daerah yang jauh dan terpencil hanya membawa sedikit uang dan harta.
Tapi… hey, untunglah ada rel ker...more
The three children, Roberta (Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis (Phil), find amusement in watching the trains on the nearby railway line and waving to the passengers.
They become friendly with Albert Perks, the station porter, and with the Old Gentleman who regularly takes the 9:...more
The father disappears rather suddenly and no one - except the mother - knows what has happened. The family moves to a little cottage at the country side near a railway - and it's here the children form new friendships and experience a lot of adventure.
I liked how the father being sent to prison was revealed only as the children themselves understood what had happened. And the best part of all...more
Although this is a children’s book and right now I’m into young-adult novel, I still loved it.
It was… very inspiring! I loved how the main characters (Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis) weren’t described as “perfect children”. I loved Roberta the most. Though the story told about those children, but Roberta was author’s th...more
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And I'd rather not be more.
Four's the nicest age to be,
Two and two and one and three.
What I love is two and two,
Mother, Peter, Phil, and you.
What you love is one and three,
Mother, Peter, Phil, and me.
Give your little girl a kiss
Because she learned and told you this.”