The Boxcar Children. Gertrude Chandler Warner. Color plates by Dorothy Lake Gregory. Rand McNally and Company, 1924. First edition.
Tells the story of four orphaned children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny who get permission to stay overnight at a bakery but run away when they hear the baker’s wife say she will keep the older three and send the youngest, Benny, to an orphanage. They create a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar in the forest. They fear their legal guardian, their grandfather, believing him to be cruel.