'By turns sweet and serious, this much-loved classic is above all a celebration of kindness and hope' KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE
'Edith Nesbit was endlessly surprising and inventive . . . She is also simply the funniest writer we have ever had, while being the one who could most easily and sweetly break your heart with a phrase ... Just try saying "Daddy, oh my Daddy" without catching your breath' FRANK COTTRELL_BOYCE
WITH ALL THE ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY C. E. BROCK, REPRODUCED FROM THE ORIGINAL EDITION
When their father is suddenly taken away, the children's lives change overnight. Unable to afford their London home, the family must move to a small cottage in the Yorkshire countryside. Hiding their sadness from their mother, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis roam the fields all day. Every morning they can be seen waving as the 9.15 train roars past, imagining that it will can carry their love to their father, wherever he may be. The trio become a familiar sight and their bravery and quick-thinking avert a railway disaster. There is a kind old gentleman passenger never fails to wave back - little do the children realise how much his friendship will mean to them, especially in solving the mystery to their father's disappearance.
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The Railway Children
Bobby, Peter and Phyllis live in a lovely house in a posh bit of London. Then one day their father is taken away to prison uner suspicion of treason. The children are not told why. The house is sold, the servants dispersed and with their mother the children go to live in a tiny cottage in the country. Every day the children go down to the railway line and wave at the passing train, and every day an old gentleman waves back. Bobby decides they should write to the gentleman on the train and ask him to help get their father back. Time passes but nothing seems to happen, until one day father returns. And the children learn that it was the gentleman from the train that had helped secure his release.
I love her books * Neil Gaiman *
My all-time favourite classic children's author * Jacqueline Wilson *
Edith Nesbit is endlessly surprising and inventive . . . She is also simply the funniest writer we have ever had, while being the one who could most easily and sweetly break your heart with a phrase. Just try saying "Daddy, oh my Daddy" without catching your breath * Frank Cottrell-Boyce *
By turns sweet and serious, this much loved classic is above all a celebration of kindness and hope * Kiran Millwood Hargrave *