Book Review: The Moffats

Rating: ★★★★★

The Moffats, who live in the same town as the owners of Ginger Pye, are a close-knit family of four children and a hard-working seamstress mother, whose bust “Madame” occupies a central position in the family’s little brown house.  Although the children are essentially good-hearted, they get into an astounding amount of mischief, making for a sometimes uproarious family story full of warmth and love.  Mother is the source of the family’s security: her understated courage in the face of sickness, poverty, and the challenge of supporting four children sets the mood of the little brown house, providing her children a great sense of security despite the absence of their deceased father.

Estes’ engaging characters, living in the context of a sweetly old-fashioned small town, hold an undeniable appeal that has caused this story to endure for 70 years.

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Publication Information: Estes, Eleanor. Moffats, The. Slobodkin, Louis (Illustrator). The Moffats; Harcourt. 1941. ISBN: 0152025413.
Categories: 5 Stars, Age 08-12, Amblesideonline, Books Children Love,, Honey For a Child's Heart, NEH Summertime Favorites, World Nifty 50
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Posted on July 31, 2010

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