The Railway Children Review

The Railway Children, written by E. Nesbit, is a book based in 1905, during the Russo-Japanese War. The story focuses on three children (Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis). Their father, at the beginning of the book, is taken away for an unknown reason. The mother, who is the only one who knows what happened to the father, does not tell the children what happened to him. The children and their mother move to a country house by a railway and become relatively poor because their father is gone. Since their mother has to work, the kids are free to go off on adventures.  

The children go to the railway and make lots of friends. They wave to a man on the train (who they call “the old man”), who waves back, and they become great friends. They end up saving the train from an accident, rescuing a baby from a burning barge, and even saving a boy from a railway tunnel. Roberta later finds out that her father was in jail for spying for the government and being a traitor to the country. Because her father was a good man, she and her mother think that he was falsy accused, and has to keep the secret from her siblings. Roberta sends a letter to The Old Man, asking if they could help find evidence that their father was good. Because the Old Man has lots of connections, he can help the family. Later when Roberta goes to wave at the train, everyone is holding a paper and waving from the train. She goes to the railway very happily, and everyone is very nice to her. Everyone holding a paper and smiling very funnily. Then she finds out that in the paper it said that her father was reliest. Later, when she goes to the train station, her father comes out of the train, and the family is reunited, and they are all as happy as can be.

What I like about the book

I love that the children have everyone’s best interests in hand. They always want to make people happy and help them. I love that when they save the train, they do not do it because they will be praised, but because it is the right thing to do. They do lots of silly things too, but they always do it because they think it is the best thing to do.

I also love the writing style. It reminds me of Shel Silverstein when E. Nesbit interrupts the story to say something.  

In general, I think it is a fun book that all people would love to read.

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4 thoughts on “The Railway Children Review

  1. Good review! I only noticed a few things that maybe need looking over: you said “reliest” when I think you meant “released”, and “Everyone holding a paper and smiling very funnily” did you mean “Everyone IS holding a paper and smiling very funnily”?
    Just a few things I noticed, I’m not being mean about it.
    It did end kinda how you thought it would. The family did get back together. I like your ending a lot as well.

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