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The Boxcar Children Guide to Adventure: A How-To for Mystery Solving, Make-It-Yourself Projects, and More (Boxcar Children Mysteries) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-04 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:0807509051
LANGUAGE:English

" Typical stuff to make and do guide with Boxcar trappings. It has the same problem I have with the later books - they grabbed on to one or two things about each character and ignored the rest of the character development in the first 19 books. " said.

"“The Boxcar Children guide to adventure: a how-to for mystery solving, make-it-yourself projects, and more”

An intermediate book. A Read aloud book, may need help from adults.

I am not sure if Natalia will like book at her first glance, since this book asks a higher reading skill than a 2nd grader has now, but, try it! She can open and read this book with adults, and she wills LOOOOOVE it. This book involved science (like how to make invisible ink and create secret codes), art (What is the “Jungle in a jar”) and other creative everyday adventures!

I know you like science, but do you know how to make invisible ink and create secret codes? I know you like art, but have seen a jungle in a jar, have you known how to make it? Come on, open this book with me or with anyone who you would like to read and explore together, you will LOOOOOOVE it!
" said.

"My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Binkley, liked to read aloud to our class each day after lunch. I'm assuming she liked to read to us because of her pleasant voice and smile, but I loved when she read to us! I can vividly remember her reading 'The Boxcar Children', 'My Side of the Mountain', and 'Little House in the Big Woods' to us. When I saw this 'Guide to Adventure' from 2014 in the local library's online catalog, I knew I wanted to read it.

The book is organized into eight chapters, each covering a different topic for adventure. Readers learn some simple detective skills in the first chapter; they learn ways to keep occupied on road trips in Chapter Three. Some simple recipes are included in the fifth chapter, while 'Violet's Workbag' shares stepped-out instructions for several craft, art, and gardening projects.

The 'A Friend in Need' chapter covers various ways children can 'pitch in to help' the community. Suggested jobs for readers include pet sitter and dog walking, babysitting and parent helper, volunteering, and yard work. This chapter stresses having fun and working together to get things done.

One chapter I especially appreciated was the final chapter, 'Unplugged Games'. The chapter starts off with tips for how to play fairly and how to show good sportsmanship. Lists of outdoor games and indoor card games are included. Did you know there are at least thirteen different versions of Tag? {Oh, how I wish I had known this when I was teaching primary grades.}

Another attractive feature of the book is that most of the chapters include a sidebar listing books from the Boxcar Children series that apply to the theme of the chapter. For instance, the chapter entitled 'Outdoor Adventures' lists seven mysteries in the series where the characters used their detective skills to solve a mystery. 'Violet's Workbag' lists three 'Great DIY Boxcar Children Moments' referring to crafts the children made in the stories and in which book they appear.

Highly recommended! This book was written for children but it is a great resource for teachers, librarians, parents/grandparents, youth group/scout/4H/church school leaders/camp counselors, and anyone who spends time with or works with middle-grade aged children.

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Borrowed from the local public library.

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" said.

"1. This is an intermediate book and would be a book Mya could read independently.

2. This has several elements of what Mya indicates she looks for in a book: detectives, adventure, and art. The book is told from the perspective of the Boxcar Children, who are well-known detectives. Supposedly they compiled the book together with advise, projects, games, and guides for solving mysteries. Mya can learn how to create some art using secret codes, make disappearing ink, dust for fingerprints, learn how to find directions using the stars in the sky, or even how to make up her own really scary ghost story to tell friends. She will get to feel like she is truly a detective because this book is loaded with ideas that she could explore!

3. The reading hook I would use: Detective stories are fun to read because of all the adventures they have discovering the different clues. The Boxcar Children are story detectives who happen to have a lot of practice at finding clues and solving mysteries and they are willing to share all of their secrets. They are willing to share how you can track footprints to the right person, locate missing objects, write secret messages that only friends can read, learn sign language, and so much more...the possibilities seem endless...you just need to read this book to discover them!
" said.

" Typical stuff to make and do guide with Boxcar trappings. It has the same problem I have with the later books - they grabbed on to one or two things about each character and ignored the rest of the character development in the first 19 books. " said.

"“The Boxcar Children guide to adventure: a how-to for mystery solving, make-it-yourself projects, and more”

An intermediate book. A Read aloud book, may need help from adults.

I am not sure if Natalia will like book at her first glance, since this book asks a higher reading skill than a 2nd grader has now, but, try it! She can open and read this book with adults, and she wills LOOOOOVE it. This book involved science (like how to make invisible ink and create secret codes), art (What is the “Jungle in a jar”) and other creative everyday adventures!

I know you like science, but do you know how to make invisible ink and create secret codes? I know you like art, but have seen a jungle in a jar, have you known how to make it? Come on, open this book with me or with anyone who you would like to read and explore together, you will LOOOOOOVE it!
" said.

"1. This is an intermediate book and would be a book Mya could read independently.

2. This has several elements of what Mya indicates she looks for in a book: detectives, adventure, and art. The book is told from the perspective of the Boxcar Children, who are well-known detectives. Supposedly they compiled the book together with advise, projects, games, and guides for solving mysteries. Mya can learn how to create some art using secret codes, make disappearing ink, dust for fingerprints, learn how to find directions using the stars in the sky, or even how to make up her own really scary ghost story to tell friends. She will get to feel like she is truly a detective because this book is loaded with ideas that she could explore!

3. The reading hook I would use: Detective stories are fun to read because of all the adventures they have discovering the different clues. The Boxcar Children are story detectives who happen to have a lot of practice at finding clues and solving mysteries and they are willing to share all of their secrets. They are willing to share how you can track footprints to the right person, locate missing objects, write secret messages that only friends can read, learn sign language, and so much more...the possibilities seem endless...you just need to read this book to discover them!
" said.

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