FROM GOODREADS: Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, four orphaned brothers and sisters, suddenly appear in a small town. No one knows who these young wanderers are of where they have come from. Frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, the children make a home for themselves in an abondoned red boxcar they discover in the woods. Henry, the oldest, goes to town to earn money and buy food and supplies. Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life for themselves – until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her.
MY REVIEW: While working on some new writing of my own, I remembered this favorite book from my childhood. I picked up an old copy and immediately found myself transported back in time. Back to when I used to play in the woods and pretend I was like the Alden children from the book – living in the forest, eating wild blueberries, making fun things from found objects. I suppose, in many ways, I do still “play” in the woods, and it was fun to catch a glimpse of my early inspirations to do so. I can’t wait to share this with my nephew when he is old enough to read!