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Ginger Pye


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ISBN13: 9780152025052
ISBN10: 0152025057
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Home School Book Review, June 10, 2011 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
The Pye family lives in Cranbury, CT, which is based upon the author’s hometown of West Haven, CT. Mr. Pye is a famous birdman who handles all the nation’s bird problems. Mrs. Pye is the youngest mother in town. Ten-year-old Jared (Jerry) wants to be a rock man. Nine-year-old Rachel wants to be a birdman like her father. And there is Gracie-the-cat. Also living in town are Grandpa and Gramma and their son Bennie, who is Jerry and Rachel’s uncle even though he is only three. Jerry wants a puppy, and Mr. and Mrs. Speedy have a new puppy that they will sell for a dollar, but Jerry doesn’t have a dollar, and someone else wants to buy the pup so he has to have the dollar by Saturday evening.
That very day his tall friend, Sam Doody, offers Jerry a dollar to dust the pews in the church building for him since Sam has to go to town to buy a new suit. With this dollar, Jerry is able to buy the puppy, which the Pyes name Ginger. Ginger is a very smart dog. One day he escapes from the Pyes’ yard, tracks Jerry to school, and even climbs the fire escape to find Jerry’s classroom. However, for several days, Jerry and Rachel see a mysterious yellow hat following them, around their yard, and in various places where they happen to be. Then on Thanksgiving Day, when Ginger is let out into the fenced in back yard, he disappears. Someone had to steal him. The Pyes and all their friends search for their dog through Christmas, New Year’s, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Easter, and even to Jerry’s birthday which is May 29. Will they ever find Ginger Pye?
When I finished the first chapter of this book, I knew that I was going to like it, and it did not disappoint me. Ginger Pye won the John Newbery Medal in 1952 and is the kind of book for which the award was made, as opposed to the pathetic drivel which passes for “award-winning” young people’s literature today. It is a pleasant story that any youngster who has ever loved a pet will appreciate. Some people may not care for the way the author sometimes chases “rabbit trails,” but to me this just makes the account seem homey and chatty. There is a sequel, Pinky Pie. Additionally, Eleanor Estes has written four books about the Moffats, who also live in Cranbury and are friends of the Pyes. These are The Moffats, The Middle Moffat, Rufus M., the latter two of which won Newbery honors, and The Moffat Museum, as well as a short novel entitled The Hundred Dresses which was also a Newbery Honor book. The Horn Book called Ginger Pye “An outstanding book,” and I heartily agree.
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Googles, January 29, 2011 (view all comments by Googles)
The book was pretty good, other than all the side stories that take you off the main story, the mystery is good, but the characters aren't great. Overall, I enjoyed the book.
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pakiangel6, April 7, 2007 (view all comments by pakiangel6)
This book is excellent for children. I would reccomend for anyone with a sense of a good book. I love the story. Two siblings buy an extremely talented puppy, who they automatically love. Family and friends are very important roles in this book.Eleanor Estes(may she rest in peace) did an excellent job. She grabs her reader's attention, and never lets go.
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Estes, Eleanor
Odyssey Classics
San Diego
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Brothers and sisters
General Juvenile Fiction
Children s-General
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Black-and-white illustrations
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"Synopsis" by , Meet Ginger Pye, the smartest dog you'll ever know. Jerry Pye and his sister, Rachel, feel pretty smart themselves for buying Ginger. It was the best dollar they ever spent. Ginger steals everybody's heart . . . until someone steals him!
"Synopsis" by , Meet Ginger Pye, the smartest dog you'll ever know. Jerry Pye and his sister, Rachel, feel pretty smart themselves for buying Ginger. It was the best dollar they ever spent. Ginger steals everybody's heart . . . until someone steals him!
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