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Three children, forced to alter their comfortable lifestyle when their father is taken away by strangers, move with their mother to a simple cottage near a railway station where their days are filled with excitement and adventure. First published in 1906, this beloved children's classic has charmed generations of readers.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 24th 2000 by Dover Publications (first published 1906)
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Manny
Pilot for the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, The Railway Children versus Atlas Shrugged

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
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Becki
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
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Laura
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 ...more
Ivonne Rovira
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
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Tracey, librarian on strike
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 child ...more
LH Johnson
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
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Mommalibrarian
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 ...more
Tony
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 perfect famil
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Elizabeth McDonald
Jul 01, 2009 Elizabeth McDonald rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Edward Eager, I suppose
Shelves: childrens, british
A sweet book! The only E. Nesbit I read as a child was Five Children and It, and it's kind of delightful to discover more of her work now. I love seeing how much Edward Eager (author of Half Magic, among others, and long one of my favorites) drew from E. Nesbit. The children might all be cousins for how similarly they're written - and how realistically. Unlike most authors of her day, Nesbit portrayed her child characters as very human. They get into scuffles and arguments with each other, make ...more
Michelle
This book was first published in 1900 in Great Britain. Edith Nesbit was a favorite author of JK Rowling when she was a young girl. Nesbit has a wonderful conversaitonal quality to her stories, and makes the reader feel like you and the author share great secrets. This book is 329 pages, and contains a lot of turn of the century Brittish verbage... so you'll need to explain quite a few terms and phrases. It's a very sweet story about a family that experiences great sadness, and the adventures of ...more
Book Concierge
Roberta (Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis (Phil) lead a happy suburban life, with plenty of toys, treats to eat, nice clothes and servants to tend to the chores. But one evening two men come to the house and take Father away with them when they leave. Mother makes the best of things; selling many of their finer possessions, packing up the necessities and moving them to a cottage in the country, where she earns a meager living writing stories. Three Chimneys is comfortable if less spacious than their o ...more
Josh Ang
I revisited this lovely children's classic and was surprised by how much I still enjoyed this as an adult. Perhaps as a child, I had not really paid attention to the dire financial circumstances of the three siblings, Bobbie (Roberta), Peter, and Phyllis, and their mother, that led to their removal to the countryside, away from London where they had lived. Their father had mysteriously gone for business and not returned.

It is suggested that they had had rather comfortable and privileged lives i
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Ritika
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.
James Perkins
This is a classic children's book that I somehow missed when I was young. In a way, that's not surprising. Why would an Australian child be interested in anachronistic language where every fight is a "quarrel"; the characters use quaint adjectives like "ripping", "beastly", and "jolly good" at every opportunity; and the trademark English politeness is so excessive, it becomes comical? We know it's a fairy tale because everybody is overenthusiastic about everything, the adult strangers are in no ...more
Kimi
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! What more can I say, huh?

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.
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Teguh Affandi
Pertama berniat memiliki buku ini karena stempel klasik di sampul buku. Stempel itu menggodaku. Tetapi setelah membaca, barulah kuketahui ini benar-benar karya klasik dan apik.
Buku ini sangat direkomendasikan untuk jadi buku bacaan anak-anak. Kisah tiga tokoh utama "The Railway Children", yaitu Roberta (Bobbie), Peter, dan Phyllis yang asyik dan penuh hikmah.

Buku ini bercerita tentang kepindahan keluarga Roberta, Peter, dan Phyllis yang disebabkan karena ayahnya dijebak dalam politik kantor. Pi
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Manal_a_140518
The railway children is an interesting book. Its a actually a children book XD
It is one of Edith Nesbit's famous books
It revolves around three main characters (the children) Roberta, peter, and phyllis.
They lived happily, and they had a stabled life in london.
There are some main events in the book:
1- The first main event was when their father was taken away and they all had to move to the countryside, and live in a small house.
2- The next event was them trying to stop the train after there had
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Vu K
Jul 17, 2013 Vu K rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any seven to ten-year-old children, their parents, or would-be parents
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 phải làm việc mà không đủ để chi tiêu, nên những đứa trẻ không phải đến trường, mẹ lại không có thời gian để chăm
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Martha
Not bad, but not one of my favorite kids' books. The kids are kind of goody-goody, in my opinion, (even though the author keeps making a point of saying how hard it is for them to be good). They don't have much personality -- they're sort of generic turn-of-the-century English children, very concerned with being brave and honorable and good. They're not quite as bland as I'm making them sound, but only signs of personality they have is that the oldest understands a bit more than the younger two ...more
Kirei
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Mary
Oh to be a child, or even a friendly adult in an E. Nesbit book! You can be good without being shumltzy, brave without being fearless, and really interesting without doing much. The genius of this book is that the children's grand adventure is actually the catastrophe of the adults, but since the adults are just as British as the children, the children are dutifully kept in the dark the whole time. This book is, in many ways, a coming of age story as the eldest good, brave and interesting child, ...more
Mandy
I loved this book! We listened to the audio as a family. While some liked it better than others, I loved the way the three children worked together (was hoping my own kids would take note). The mother sets a great example of perseverance and kindness, causing me to shed a few tears at the end.
Laura
From BBC Radio 4:
Adaptation of the author's classic 1906 children's novel which tells the story of the trials and adventures of a middle-class Edwardian family living in the suburbs of London.


Such a lovely BBC dramatization.
August Sea
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Tarma
I'm 85% of the way through according to the Kindle version off Gutenberg. But so far the children have, on three separate occasions, saved lives by just being somewhere at the right time, just happened to take the right action for someone at the right time, been celebrated over and over for both, bickered and made up about a jillion times... etc etc, bla bla. Everyone's sickly sweet, it's kind of along the lines of Little Women only with a boy in the family, and a little less religious talk. And ...more
Ariel
Sep 18, 2014 Ariel rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: mg
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Malin
The Railway Children did not belong to those books I read in one session, whatever the reason. It took me time, because I always only read a few chapters and then stopped. I have thought long about the reason for me struggling with this book. Its not the language, the book is written in such an elegant and beautiful language, there were sentences I read over and over again because of there brilliance.
I found the reason to be the plot. The story is about three siblings and their mother who have
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Becky
I found The Railway Children to be a very pleasant read. I can't say that I loved, loved, loved it. Or that it is my favorite Nesbit read of all time. It isn't. But it was quite enjoyable. The Railway Children is not a children's fantasy book. Plenty of Nesbit's books are, but this one isn't. It is realistic fiction. Three siblings: Roberta, Peter, Phyllis star in this one. The family is having some hard times. Their father has been put into jail. (He's innocent, of course.) The mother is suppor ...more
John Mccullough
A delightful children's classic that would reward cynical adults with a read. It deals with a family that consists of a father, mother, two daughters and a son. One night father is visited by two men who take him away. The family must then move from a large comfortable house with several servants to a small, cosy house in the country with a part-time housekeeper. Luckily, they live near a railroad. I stop here except to say they have many adventures and try their hardest to do the right thing.

It
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Valerie Kyriosity
I am enjoying E. Nesbit so much! Though I do want to pat her on her dear little head. Here she writes a quite Christian story, with the mother reminding her children that God writes the best stories, yet she had such silly politics. I see one of my friends has called the story "twee," but I suppose I have a high tolerance for sweetness, because I found it delightful. Just call me Kyriositwee. ;^)

The reader, Karen Savage, was excellent, as well.
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Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit.
She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later connec
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