The Railway Children, written by Edith Nesbit and first published in 1906, is a classic children's novel that tells the story of three siblings who move from London to the countryside after their father is mysteriously taken away. The children-Roberta (Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis-adjust to their new life by exploring the countryside and making new friends, including the station master and the Old Gentleman who takes an interest in them.
The novel follows the children as they embark on various adventures, from waving to the passing trains and helping a Russian exile to uncover his true identity to staging a daring rescue to save their father. Throughout their adventures, the children learn important lessons about perseverance, kindness and the power of love and family.
The Railway Children is notable for its heart-warming portrayal of family life and the bond between siblings. The novel also explores themes of social class and injustice, as the family's new life in the country contrasts sharply with their privileged upbringing in London. Nesbit's writing style is known for its engaging and descriptive prose, and her use of everyday language makes the novel accessible and relatable to readers of all ages.