Surprise Island

Surprise Island Summer vacation on an almost private island gives the Aldens a challenge

Summer vacation on an almost private island gives the Aldens a challenge.

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Surprise Island

  1. Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in Putnam, Connecticut, on April 16, 1890, to Edgar and Jane Warner Her family included a sister, Frances, and a brother, John From the age of five, she dreamed of becoming an author She wrote stories for her Grandfather Carpenter, and each Christmas she gave him one of these stories as a gift Today, Ms Warner is best remembered as the author of THE BOXCAR CHILDREN MYSTERIES As a child, Gertrude enjoyed many of the things that girls enjoy today She loved furnishing a dollhouse with handmade furniture and she liked to read Her favorite book was ALICE IN WONDERLAND Often on Sundays after church, Gertrude enjoyed trips to visit her grandparents farm Along the way, she and Frances would stop to pick the wildflowers they both loved Gertrude s favorite flower was the violet.Her family was a very musical one They were able to have a family orchestra, and Gertrude enjoyed playing the cello Her father had brought her one from New York a cello, a bow, a case and an instruction book All together, he paid 14 Later, as an adult, she began playing the pipe organ and sometimes substituted for the church organist Due to ill health, Ms Warner never finished high school She left in the middle of her second year and studied with a tutor Then, in 1918, when teachers were called to serve in World War I, the school board asked her to teach first grade She had forty children in the morning and forty in the afternoon Ms Warner wrote, I was asked or begged to take this job because I taught Sunday School But believe me, day school is nothing like Sunday School, and I sure learned by doing I taught in that same room for 32 years, retiring at 60 to have time to write Eventually, Ms Warner attended Yale, where she took several teacher training courses Once when she was sick and had to stay home from teaching, she thought up the story about the Boxcar Children It was inspired by her childhood dreams As a child, she had spent hours watching the trains go by near her family s home Sometimes she could look through the window of a caboose and see a small stove, a little table, cracked cups with no saucers, and a tin coffee pot boiling away on the stove The sight had fascinated her and made her dream about how much fun it would be to live and keep house in a boxcar or caboose She read the story to her classes and rewrote it many times so the words were easy to understand Some of her pupils spoke other languages at home and were just learning English THE BOXCAR CHILDREN gave them a fun story that was easy to read Ms Warner once wrote for her fans, Perhaps you know that the original BOXCAR CHILDREN raised a storm of protest from librarians who thought the children were having too good a time without any parental control That is exactly why children like it Most of my own childhood exploits, such as living in a freight car, received very little cooperation from my parents Though the story of THE BOXCAR CHILDREN went through some changes after it was first written, the version that we are familiar with today was originally published in 1942 by Scott Foresman Today, Albert Whitman Company publishes this first classic story as well as the next eighteen Alden children adventures that were written by Ms Warner.Gertrude Chandler Warner died in 1979 at the age of 89 after a full life as a teacher, author, and volunteer for the American Red Cross and other charitable organizations After her death, Albert Whitman Company continued to receive mail from children across the country asking for adventures about Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny Alden In 1991, Albert Whitman added to THE BOXCAR CHILDREN MYSTERIES so that today s children can enjoy many adventures about this independent and caring group of children.

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  1. I was going to read Surprise Island, and then comment on it, but every page is such a treasure trove of clich s, na vet , and ridiculousness, that I think I might have to grace you with a running commentary.Chapter One The First SurpriseThe book begins with Grandfather lovingly telling his grandchildren that he bought them an island, cough I mean, his father bought an island a long time ago, and they can stay there ALL SUMMER He d visit, but he s just too busy.Grandfather Shrug But boy, I sure w [...]

  2. This is an enjoyable enough children s story where four siblings are permitted to spend their summer holidays living in an old barn on an island, supervised from afar by an old fisherman and a young handy man with a mysterious past Themes apparent in the novel s predecessor, The Boxcar Children the practicality and relative independence of the children, the sexual division of labour and the extent to which the kids co operate on various tasks which I remarked upon in my review of that book are r [...]

  3. The first Boxcar Children book was classic and precious My children love this sequel and the writing is good, but the plot structure is disturbingly insane Really, not that cuddly madcap Nesbit Lewis kind of insane that you can get away with in a children s book.Why does the grandfather leave them alone on an island with a strange man That s just creepy Every time that mystery Joe takes little Violet down to the shack for a private violin lesson I freak out The children almost drown, trapped in [...]

  4. I decided to read one of the Boxcar Children books after reminiscing about them with a colleague Turns out, they are pretty strange from an adult perpective When I was a kid, I thought it would be great to be as self sufficient as these kids As an adult, I m thinking, What, you let your grandkids live on an island for the summer with nobody but some stranger who lost his memory But still, they re good books It was fun to take a trip down memory lane with this group of resourceful youngins.

  5. Holy racism Batman My nostalgic journey with this series has come to an ABRUPT end Excuse me I ll just stick with Babysitter s Club.

  6. I picked up this arc at an ALA conference I m not sure I ve read them before, just paged through them some It is a pleasant book but nothing all that memorable I can see why the series would have been popular since it is about fantasy days when everything was perfect and the worst thing that might happen would be not getting a temporary desire met in this story Benny throws a howling fit when he didn t get a desire met The mystery seemed a bit heavy handed LOOK THERE IS A MYSTERY ABOUT THIS GUY [...]

  7. These books are ridiculous I know they re for children and quite old but lol Also, this one was a race to see if I could read the entire thing while my roommate was at target I did it Such short, easy reads Their adventures are somewhat ridiculous but I wouldn t mind going to Surprise Island for a week or so.

  8. As an adult revisiting an old favorite, I still love the story of the characters fending for themselves on an island However, I found the writing dated and less than enjoyable It was very stilted.

  9. I am really loving this series This book has all four children equally represented, and I feel we do get to know them a little better I probably should not have read any of the books out of order this being the second in the series, it makes sense that this book would have character development than some of the later books, when the kids are already established characters Here, we learn that Violet is artistic she likes to paint and she has a gift for music , Jessie really is a great cook she m [...]

  10. Gertrude Chandler Warners novel Surprise Island realistic fiction book is exciting I liked the book because they went to an island and explored and had to live in a barn at the island The main characters were Henry, Benny, Jessie, and violet Henry is the oldest then Jessie, then violet, then Benny They had to figure out why the handy man knew so much about the island You would like it if you like mystery books.

  11. In this book, the children s grandfather reveals the surprise that he owns a small island He allows the children to summer on it, and they spend their time exploring, making friends with their guardian Joe, and having an all around fun time.It s always odd to read sequels to The Boxcar Children, because the first book sounded like it took place in the 1900s, while future ones jump into the 1950s This book tries to bring back the spirit of the children living on their own, which was what made the [...]

  12. SummaryThe orphaned Alden children Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny and their dog Watch now lives with their grandfather James Alden Their grandfather had a surprise for the children the opportunity to spend the summer on a small island his father bought Dr Moore and his mother went along to enjoy the island for the summer Captain Daniel took them to the island and delivered supplies to them On the island the children lived in the barn while the grandfather returned to the mainland for the summe [...]

  13. Published seven years after the first Boxcar Children book, I found this one disappointing The language is stilted and unnatural, both in dialogue and narration I had expected the author to have polished her style or at least maintained it over the years, but instead it echoed the elementary school readers of the late 50s and early 60s, with graded vocabulary, choppy sentences and short words Yes, it is for younger readers, but I found it obviously schoolbooky than the first one Oh, oh said Be [...]

  14. This second book in the popular series The Boxcar Children was written by Gertrude Chandler Warner and illustrated by Mary Gehr This book follows the summer of four children Jessie, Henry, Benny and Violet The four children are surprised by their grandfather when he announces he not only owns an island but that they will be staying on that island all summer long by themselves We follow them all throughout their journey on the island and learn about Indians that used to live on the island based o [...]

  15. I read 131 to 143 pages on Friday, October 21 Benny is Reconciliationed with Mike I m glad I read 118 to 130 pages on Wednesday, October 19 They painted bird Because, it was rain day And, Jessie make a big applepie Then, they eat with Mr Browning The other day, four children invite their friends But, Benny and his friend Mike are started fightingI read 98 to 117 pages on Tuesday, October, 18 I like Grandfather s visit Grandfather is coming to island Then, four children show the museum In the mus [...]

  16. Reason for Reading This is another book from the Random Bookshelf that I am reading from this year.The Boxcar Children have played a big part in my and my children s lives I intend to acquire a complete set of the first 19 books the others hold no interest to me and keep them as keepers on my juvenile shelves for my future grandchildren.Book 2 is very similar to that of the first in the series First of all, there is no real mystery except for the hidden identity of a man on the island known only [...]

  17. For the most part I enjoyed the book, it was a favourite series of mine when I was a child, although this one I don t remember reading, it was still a nice, quick read The characters have grown a bit, but they still manage to go on an interesting adventure I think the book is well worth reading for the age range, even if it is quite outdated, as I think a lot of readers can relate to the characters One of the issues I had with the book, was, I found parts of it a bit unbelievable at times in how [...]

  18. This is another great Boxcar children book continuing the story of them finally finding their grandpa and living in the boxcar in his backyard This is when the books start to become mystery s and the boxcar children are solving them all by themselves In this book they find out that their grandpa has an island that they eventually get to go spend the summer on Eventually they start finding evidence that Indians used to live on the island, and it starts to become a mysterious Island as they uncove [...]

  19. I think this one actually stands up to the test of time better than the first Although, really You are letting four kids under the age of 15 live on an island, basically unsupervised, for an entire summer THEY ARE LIVING IN A BARN, ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT, ALL SUMMER Anyways, the writing is a little less stiff, and there are plotlines that run through the entire book, rather than peter out after a chapter Things come a little too easily to the Alden family, but what can you expect from old children [...]

  20. I read this with PB, hoping for a nice, warm feeling of nostalgia Instead, I was hit with the reality of just how bad these books are The writing is bad how many times can she used the speaking tag cried for Benny , the story is mundane and repetitive oh look, the children are having milk and bread for dinner again , and the kids don t act anything like real children I have to assume that not only did the author not have children, but that she never spent any time around an actual child, either. [...]

  21. This book is about the boxcar children going to Alden Island For summer break They meet their cousin which they never knew was their cousin They named it Surprise Island because their were so many surprises on the island Some surprises were their grandfather finding Joe, Mr Browning finding Joe too, Benny finding out it was his birthday, and the Indian things they found on the island.I liked it because it was cool how they find all those Indian things and how the children make a museum, and that [...]

  22. This series of books by Gertrude Chandler Warner are true masterpieces for children moving from learning to read to reading to learn The storyline about independent, self sufficient children is engaging More importantly Warner builds in a lot of word repetition as the series advances and carefully introduces new words a little at a time She reinforces these new words and their variations Violet to violin progressively She integrates novel sentence constructions and idioms in a way that is clear [...]

  23. I read this book to my six year old son and it took us many sittings to finish It wasn t as quick or exciting as the first book, there was really no mystery and there wasn t anything at stake It sort of meandered like a stream, taking the story this way and that, but never really making any progress These children also don t act like any 6, 10, 12, and 14 year olds that I know Who leaves four children to their own devices on a private island for the summer with only a teenager and a crotchety ol [...]

  24. This book is all about independents, exploring, and resourcefulness This book picks up with the four kids, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, living with their grandfather One day Grandfather announces a big surprise He owns an island The kids are excited to find out that they will be able to staying on an island for summer vacation The kids enjoy exploring the island and creating adventure As with the first book they are very resourceful but this time in using the things they find on the island. [...]

  25. Another great chapter book in the Boxcar series This book focuses on the wonderful adventures that the little family of four children have on a small island owned by their Grandfather It s full of the same theme as the previous book, that hard work, family, and working together will be of benefit for all There are a couple new characters in this book along with the mystery that truly is a fun one to play along with and my 4 and 2 year old girls loved the anticipation of waiting until the next ni [...]

  26. The Boxcar Children is an amazing series I used to read them all the time Mysteries were always my favorite growing up and still really interest me This book was great because there was a lot of suspense and you always had to keep reading because you wanted to know what was going on I was never bored and couldn t put it down The four children in the story are orphans but go to live with their grandpa and spend the summer on an island where strange things keep happening There is also a strange ma [...]

  27. Decent book but dated it was written in 1949 My kids were shocked at the thought of 4 children being allowed to live in a stable on an island for the summer with little adult supervision Sure it would be fun and maybe during the time this book was written it was possible, but today it would never be allowed Also, my modern mentality made my hackles raise at the thought of a strange man on the island who kept showing up to talk to the children Of course, it all worked out fine with it being a lon [...]

  28. This second book in the Boxcar Children series is much like the first The four Alden children are excited about spending the summer on their Grandfather s privet island But this island is no resort The Children will have to look after themselves including but not limited to growing and catching their own food But he is not a cruel grandfather, he knows that they actually like it this way and naturally there is adult supervision in the form of a kindly boat captain and his handyman.

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