Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny are four orphaned brothers and sisters who mysteriously appear in a small town on a warm summer night. No one knows who these young wanderers are or where they have come from. Frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, the children make a home for themselves in an old abandoned red boxcar they discover in the woods. Henry, the oldest, goes to town to earn money and buy food and supplies while the other kids make a home in the boxcar finding old dishes and scraps in a junkyard. Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life for themselves. As time passes, they discover the struggles and rewards of independence as well as the joys of family - until one day Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her. They must take Violet to a doctor risking discovery and the loss of their secret home in the forest.Written by
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This is still one of my favorite books and I am 54. I have read this book so many times since it was first read to me. I have shared this book with so many other children over the years.
The movie changes so many of the little things. The things that matter. Most of all I hate what is does to Jessie, the oldest sister.
Jessie has many of her important plot points given to other characters. She also comes off as a whiner. "Maybe there's no place for us?" Jessie was the strong one who never had doubts. She never would not and not did say this in the book.
Much more emphasis put on Henry as the leader. In the book the kids worked together and always saw the positive.
I realized they had to update a few elements of the book. Since the entire personality of the main characters is changed, I don't consider it a faithful adaptation.
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