Eleanor Estes ( ) launched her writing career with the publication of The Moffats in She was awarded the Newbery Medal for Ginger Pye. From the Harcourt, Brace edition of Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes: Once again Eleanor Estes has written with tenderness and humor a. When the Pye family’s puppy, Ginger, disappears on Thanksgiving Day, the children are convinced that he has been abducted by a stranger in a yellow hat.

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In the chapter about the “Perpendicular Swimmer”, I thought at least Ginger was going to save someone from drowning, but all they did was swim. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

We liked the fact they cared enough to consider the cats feelings about buying a dog, and they cared about birds and small creatures enough to put a bell around the cats neck.

What kid wouldn’t enjoy that? Get to Know Us. Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan Paperback. It is a bit of an adventure story, but, a fairly tame one. Might have taken a star off for overuse of “disconsolately” – at least three times – but it’s fine, you bet.

They then discover the identity of the thief: Of course, Rachel would help Jerry earn the money to buy Ginger.

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I checked to see who the illustrator was and it was Eleanor Estes herself. Maybe Jerry and Rachael I’m not kidding I can’t remember and it’s not worth walking to my car to grab the book to find out. This book would have been nice enough as an everyday account of family life but a mystery unfolds that really kept us guessing. My 7 year old found it engaging but slow. The author pretty much tells us earl Newbery Medal Winner I think I would have liked this one more if it was more focused on the story of the missing dog.


The story about Jerry and Rachel Pye and their dog Ginger runs the emotional gamut, as evidenced by the last two sentences of the book: Jul 26, Kaia rated it it was ok Shelves: Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Apr 21, Amber M. Is that where the term piggyback came from? I could even remember Dr. I really want you to try and read a little to see how you like it! The puppy’s owners, Jerry and Rachel brother and sisterlook for the puppy but fail to find her. When do you ever carry a pig on your back? I don’t know if I’d like the style if I saw it for the first time now, as an adult This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

The review of this Book prepared by Katherine O’Connor. They don’t do anything special, literally your everyday run of the mill kids. GP- just finished this book fifteen minutes ago.

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An improvement, I guess, but not perfect. Eleanor Estes should have used the “Show, don’t tell” method and let her readers deduce for themselves that Ginger is a clever pup.


The sticky-sweet stories of small children and their dog are interspersed with sections that made me blink–such as when the Pye children can’t question a neighbour because she had a stroke, or the occasions when 9 year-old Rachel leaves the group and eventually finds her way home to realize her family didn’t notice she was missing. And note that the book’s final word is “remembering”.

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Buy Book Borrow eBook. So here’s the thing. The story of how Mr. Men in Washington were always quoting Mr. Ginger Pye clearly is the smartest dog in the world, or at least the smartest dog in every house but mine. Jerry was pleased with the puppy and headed home.

Your email address will not be published. Would they find it boring, as I did many parts? On the way home, Jerry and his sister Rachel heard footsteps behind them. esttes


Bh not sold on the childish illustration style. Apr 24, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: The episodes with Rachel were pretty much outside the main plot, I felt, and that enhanced my impression of how special they were.

I did also love the Krush’s work; they were among the first illustrators I actually followed from book to book