Top positive review
29 September 2014
This is an Edwardian gem of a book for children and a true classic. It tells the story of three children, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis, who have to move from their smart suburban residence to a cottage in the country. This move occurs after their father suddenly and mysteriously has to go away on "business". Their mother keeps the wolf from the door by writing stories, but they must all learn to pull their belts in, and also learn to deal with the trials of life, both big and small. Their new house is near a railway and they become interested by the passing trains and also by making friends with the station porter, Perks.
It's a fascinating look at a long gone era. I was afraid that it might have dated too much for modern children, but I think it stands up really well. A good book for children 8 - 12 to read, and also to read aloud to the younger ones.