The Railway Children

Looking for some new book ideas for your child? Jill tells us why The Railway Children is a favourite from her childhood.

the railway childrenOne of my all time favourite books as a child was “The Railway Children” by E. Nesbit. The story of Roberta (“Bobbie”) and her brother Peter and sister Phyllis is a true classic.

They are the children of a wealthy businessman whose world is turned upside down when he is taken away mysteriously by two men one evening and they have to move to the country.

Here, their new house sits close to the railway and the children visit the railway every day to see the different trains rush by, making friends with Perks the Porter at the station and having different adventures.

Gradually Bobbie learns the truth about what has happened to their father.

Why is this such a classic? 

The writing brings the characters to life so well, they have great adventures because of the railway, including helping to save the lives of train passengers, and the emotional aspects of them having to deal with a change in circumstance and loss of a parent are dealt with sensitively. 

So much so that the ending will stir the heart of any reader.

If you have never seen the film with Jenny Agutter, I recommend the film as well, it is one of the best book adaptations to film I have seen. 

I have just added this book to my re-read pile again!

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Over to you now! Have you or your child read The Railway Children? Tell us what you thought of the book in the comments below.

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.