Book Review: Ginger Pye

Rating: ★★★★★

Jerry and Rachel Pye make a companionable team, from their cheerful “Boombernickles” word game and outdoor explorations, to their acquisition of their family’s new puppy, Ginger.  But when the puppy disappears on Thanksgiving Day, the heartbroken children work together to solve the mystery of who could have stolen him.

Ginger Pye combines a warmly written, empathetic, and often funny portrayal of a loving family with an engaging mystery to be solved, and concludes with a quite satisfying resolution.  The story abounds in engaging portraits of interesting characters in the Pye’s small-town community, but Estes’ character development of Jerry and Rachel is where her writing really shines.  She perceptively captures the way children think about their world, and anchors these ordinary (but quite likable) children in a believable 1950′s American town.  This is a very enjoyable story.

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Publication Information: Estes, Eleanor. Ginger Pye. Sandpiper. 1951. ISBN: 0152025057.
Categories: 5 Stars, Age 08-12, Books Children Love,, Honey For a Child's Heart, Newbery Medal
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Posted on July 5, 2010

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