Tuesday, May 15, 2012

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN

LITERATURE COMPONENT FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL 

EDITH NESBIT

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN (FROM THREE)


 


RETOLD BY: JOHN ESCOTT

ILLUSTRATED BY: RACHEL BIRKETT  





SYNOPSIS


     Story of three children who must live in reduced circumstances when their father, a government official, is arrested on a false charge of treason. The kids adapt rather well to their new environment, a community located on the edges of a railway. They be friend a kindly porter and a wealthy gent, both of whom strive to prove their father's innocence. Though the plot of The Railway Children threatens to become excessively melodramatic at every turn, the film's charm is sustained by telling the tale strictly from the children's point of view.



SAMPLE (1) ANSWER FOR THE NOVEL : THE RAILWAY CHILDREN BY EDITH NESBIT



Based on " THE RAILWAY CHILDREN " by EDITH NESBIT, write about the synopsis of the novel.



     ROBERTA ( also known as BOBBIE ), PETER, PHYLLIS lived a comfortable home in London with a wonderful mother and father as well as a maid.

     One day, their father left home with two men. He was actually taken away to prison but the children did not know this at first. When he left and did not come back, they had to move to a poor cottage in the country (rural area) near a railway station. The children became familiar with the passing trains, the workers at the train station and signal-box, and life in a small town while their mother struggled to make ends meet by writing stories.

     They learnt to live with what little they had and they got used to be poor. They also learnt not a steal coal from the railway station; even they had so little to keep warm. They had various adventures - stopping a train when a landside covered, the tracks , finding an injured boy in the train tunnel and getting help, while dealing with the mystery of their father disappearance. Sometimes they argued and had crises , but in the time they made many new friend.

     They also experienced amusing adventures aplenty which happened near the railway and the canal. The children develop the habits of waving to the train as it went past and sometimes the people in the coaches waved back. Their friendly gestures forged a special friendly with one person in particular, who went by in the train. He eventually got to know them, and helped them out in various ways. Then, one day a train called at the station and the children were pleasantly surprised to see their father. They were finally re-united.



SAMPLE (2) ANSWER FOR THE NOVEL : THE RAILWAY CHILDREN BY EDITH NESBIT

Based on " THE RAILWAY CHILDREN " by EDITH NESBIT, write about the place that you like the most in the novel.



     The novel that i chosen is " The Railway Children " by EDITH NESBIT. The place that i like the most in the story is the railway station. There are many interesting things there.

     Besides the shinning railway lines, telegraph wires and signals, seeing trains that use coal for their engines is really interesting.

     It is also fascinating to see the railway leading towards the ' dark opening of the tunnel '. This is because when the railway lines begin ' to shake ' a train will come ' screaming out of the tunnel '. According to BOOBIE, when the train is gone, it is ' like a great wild animal going by '.

     Just like BOOBIE, PETER and PHYLLIS, I like this place as it is their place of ' hope '. This is the place where the 9.15 train went to London. They believed that this train was a magic train and it send their love to their father.

     The railway station and the lines that lead to it made this the most interesting place for children. I wish I can be there with them to experience all the adventures around the railway children.



SAMPLE (3) ANSWER FOR THE NOVEL : THE RAILWAY CHILDREN BY EDITH NESBIT



Based on 'The Railway Children' by Edith Nesbit, the character I admire is PETER. PETER is only 10 years but he has many positive qualities. We see these qualities in what he says and does.



     PETER clever and quick to stop the 11.29 train from crashing into a landslide. He cuts his sister red petticoats into six pieces. Then, he and his sister make six flags with them and some sticks. They wave the flags and stop the train. They save the train and its passengers.

     PETER also observant and confident that many people in the village will give PERKS presents because he is nice to everybody. He plans to give PERKS, the porter at the station, a nice birthday. He has a clever idea to collect presents from the village for PERKS. The children collect the present and give them to PERKS. Because of PETER’S kindness and clever idea, PERKS has the best birthday and the best birthday presents in his life. He is very happy.

     I admire PETER because he is alert and brave too. For examples, during a paper-chase, JIM, the old gentleman’s grandson does not come out of the tunnel for a long time. PETER says that JIM is in danger and goes into the dark and dangerous tunnel to look for him with his sisters.

     PETER is also like a scout. He has things like a candle, penknife and matches with him. They are useful in the tunnel. The children find JIM beside the railway lines. He has broken his leg. BOBBIE cuts his boot with the penknife. Then PETER and PHYLLIS get some farm workers to carry JIM to their house.

     One more reason I admire PETER is because he is brave to steal coal to keep the family warm. When Station Master catches PETER, he tells him that his sisters do not know anything about the coal to save them. He is mature and protective of them. He does not want them to get into trouble. He wants to be responsible for his action himself.

     I admire PETER because he has many positive qualities.



SAMPLE (4) ANSWER FOR THE NOVEL : THE RAILWAY CHILDREN BY EDITH NESBIT



Based on " THE RAILWAY CHILDREN " by EDITH NESBIT, write about the moral values of the novel.



     The moral values responsibility is highlighted in the novel " The Railway Children ". The story concerns a family who fell upon hard times after the father was taken away for being spy. Forced to move to a small house in the country, the family unit was held together by the children’s mother. She earned a living by writing stories to sell to magazines.

     She is a responsible person. When they became poor, she worked hard to make ends meet to look after the welfare of her children. If spite of a difficult life, she put up a brave front and did not neglect her children. She was able to shoulder the sole responsibility of caring for them. She provided them with basic needs such as food and clothing.

     The children’s mother is also responsible in looking after JIM, the grandson of the old gentleman. JIM took part in a paper-chase game and broke his leg while running in a tunnel. The children’s mother let him stay at her house to recuperate. She was willing to care for him.

























































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