Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Mystery. HTML: One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them. No one knew where they had come from. Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are orphans. Can they find a home where they can stay together as a family?.
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One thing I really enjoyed, as I read from one book to the next is that you slowly so the characters growing up before your eyes. Each book took place months apart, so over the course of the series they age and grow. By the end you start to get hints of their future (like who one of the girls may end up marrying). This is a large reason I do not recommend reading the books 20 and up, as they take the characters back to the age that there were in book one. I didn't enjoy that aspect, and didn't think the stories were as good, either.
A few years ago, I was feeling nostalgic and decided that I wanted to read the books again. Obviously, it took me virtually no time to get through the series, but I actually enjoyed it as much as I did as a kid, and I actually found things in it this time that I didn't appreciate as a kid (history types of things and things that they could do in the 40s and 50s that wouldn't be allowed today). While some adults probably wouldn't enjoy this if there was no nostalgia for them, others mights find it a fun, quick read.
Orphans and adventure...how did I not read this when I was a kid? This would have been perfect for me. Although I didn't see a real mystery within the book, it was definitely a fun read. The words sometimes sound too beginning readerish, but I don't think it would get in the way of enjoying the book/story for a more advanced reader.
Just went and read some other reviewers - wow some harsh critique out there. I agree with another poster who reminds us all that this a book from the past of course there are gender stereotypes and scenarios that seem unrealistic in modern times...but should we just throw out all the books that do not directly relate to modern times? I think literature is one of the greatest ways to help children relate to a time and place they will never be apart of.