The Boxcar Children is about four orphaned children living on their own. They set out to find a safe place to live and overcome challenges. The children have to use common, everyday items in creative ways to satisfy their needs. They face issues like: how to keep their milk cold with no refrigeration, how to clean dishes with no soap, and how to stay safe with no adults to protect them. The children’s attitudes as they face the challenges provide strong examples of work ethic, ingenuity, moral choices, and family devotion.