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Ginger Pye The Disappearance Of A New Puppy Named Ginger And The Appearance Of A Mysterious Man In A Mustard Yellow Hat Bring Excitement Into The Lives Of The Pye Children I really wanted to like this book, but unfortunately, I found it to be quite slow I will not readof the series 2 stars I read this because a couple friends and I are on a mission to read all the Newbery award winners, so I haven t read any of the other Pye books by Eleanor Estes I mention that solely because I can t say whether reading them would have made meor less interested in this book and,specifically, Estes narrative style.I had a really difficult time getting into this book Considering the Newbery track record thus far, I m not surprised that was the case, but I did expect a littlefro I read this because a couple friends and I are on a mission to read all the Newbery award winners, so I haven t read any of the other Pye books by Eleanor Estes I mention that solely because I can t say whether reading them would have made meor less interested in this book and,specifically, Estes narrative style.I had a really difficult time getting into this book Considering the Newbery track record thus far, I m not surprised that was the case, but I did expect a littlefrom this book since Estes is relatively well known The focus of this story jumps around quite a bit Ginger the dog is always involved somehow, but the chapters focus sometimes on Jerry, sometimes on Rachel, sometimes on Ginger I can t really put my finger on which one of those I would call the main character and so I felt a little lost at first.And then Ginger the dog gets lost and suddenly the story gets interesting.Actually there s a chapter right before Ginger gets lost that I found surprisingly entertaining Ginger goes on a hunt to discover where it is Jerry disappears to every day school and I found that I liked Estes imagining of what goes on inside a dog s head It s not quite as amusing as the dogs in Up , but it is funny.There Ginger had been on the trail of Jerry, to find out where he went always And then this This fight with a cat He had fallen into temptation after all What a reflection upon his character In his shame Ginger stuck his tail down tight He felt like a traitor, a deserter All right It would not happen again because he was Ginger, the purposeful dog.Ha Rachel the little girl starts listing all the stories that make her cry, which include stories about old men How random But I love this The old man in the story was so feeble he spilled all his food on himself with shaking hands He made such a mess his family made him eat on the bench behind the kitchen stove Rachel could hardly bear to think of that sad story ever When Grampa got that old, she would make him eat right at the table with them all and slobber as much as he wanted.I became quite enad with the story about halfway through the book and just couldn t put it down Perhaps I should have given myself an hour to get into the book from the beginning instead of reading a chapter a night, as I tend to do with the Newbery winners Warning Nerd Alert And this last bit is entirely unrelated to the story, but it s one of the reasons I love reading old books I was reading along, la di da, and then this caught my eye Papa carried Uncle Bennie pickaback most of the way up Pickaback Is that where the term piggyback came from I never much thought about it before, but piggyback doesn t really make any sense, does it When do you ever carry a pig on your back Or when do pigs ever carry anything on their backs Hmmm Well, it didn t take much digging to discover that the word pick a pack became pickaback became piggyback through a process called folk etymology, wherein people begin to replace a word whose meaning has been lost pick to place or put with a similar sounding word piggy regardless of whether or not the new word makes any sort of sense Isn t that fascinating Language is alive, people This is a pretty old book, had they not heard of excitement yet when this was written It s a boring story with a drawn out plot In a word, Bleck I will give Estes that the characters, all of them, were very lovable though so this could make a decent read aloud in a classroom. I have finished it The book that was responsible for a week and a half of cringes, groans, sighs, and fist banging Seriously, I m not exaggerating when I say this is the worst book I ve read in my life The writing is absolutely horrible There were so many unnecessary flashbacks that had nothing to do with the story in the least that I literally cringed and wanted to scream whenever it launched into yet another page and a half rant about stuff that we could care so much less about The style I have finished it The book that was responsible for a week and a half of cringes, groans, sighs, and fist banging Seriously, I m not exaggerating when I say this is the worst book I ve read in my life The writing is absolutely horrible There were so many unnecessary flashbacks that had nothing to do with the story in the least that I literally cringed and wanted to scream whenever it launched into yet another page and a half rant about stuff that we could care so much less about The style faintly reminded me of Beverly Cleary, specifically her Henry Huggins series, but those books are charming and perfect for young readers young readers may enjoy this one, too, but I ll give them enough credit to know that the flashbacks are completely unnecessary Nothing at all is realistic, except the ending, which strongly hints that Ginger was abused And the illustrationsoh my, they re just laughable I was considering giving it 2 stars early on because I knew NOTHING could be worse than The Matchlock Gun in the Newbery Challenge This was, and if there s anything that could ever take that place, I will be mightily, mightily surprised If there was an option to give this book one and a half stars, that would have been the rating I d choose When I read the back of this book, I thought Ginger the main dog was going to be a hero or something, maybe rescue a few people from danger, perform astounding stunts, and then comes the day when the entire town has to band together to save their beloved friend.Well, that didn t happen What did happen was that all Ginger did was find a pencil and bring it to the school Then, he disappea If there was an option to give this book one and a half stars, that would have been the rating I d choose When I read the back of this book, I thought Ginger the main dog was going to be a hero or something, maybe rescue a few people from danger, perform astounding stunts, and then comes the day when the entire town has to band together to save their beloved friend.Well, that didn t happen What did happen was that all Ginger did was find a pencil and bring it to the school Then, he disappeared a chapter later and wasn t seen for the rest of the book So, no rescue missions.There were plenty of parts in this book that they could have left out They didn t need to go caving, or to the zoo, or explain in great detail how their parents met 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 And find that hat at the very end.I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone who gets bored easily, and I have no idea how it won the Newbery Medal Don t get me wrong there are many Newberys that I do like I just don t understand how this book got it Not my very favorite Cranbury story that would have to be The Middle Moffat , but excellent and recommended Funny and timeless Discussed in the Newbery Club Steve, I agree The episodes with Rachel were pretty much outside the main plot, I felt, and that enhanced my impression of how special they were I particularly liked her inside out logic, and how she fretted about turning into a Wally Bullwinkle Re the art I first encountered Estes illustrations as a child reading The Middle Moffat Not my very favorite Cranbury story that would have to be The Middle Moffat , but excellent and recommended Funny and timeless Discussed in the Newbery Club Steve, I agree The episodes with Rachel were pretty much outside the main plot, I felt, and that enhanced my impression of how special they were I particularly liked her inside out logic, and how she fretted about turning into a Wally Bullwinkle Re the art I first encountered Estes illustrations as a child reading The Middle Moffat I loved them, but probably mainly because I loved the book and read it several times I don t know if I d like the style if I saw it for the first time now, as an adult I m guessing I d have to struggle to do so I did also love the Krush s work they were among the first illustrators I actually followed from book to book I m having a hard time seeing their style being used here but I bet it would have been fine Still, Estes both wrote illustrated, so I prefer keeping that cohesive vision, that unity of presentation Classic American Fiction Joseph Altsheler seems like a fairly advanced read for Jerry at age 10 It looks like The Young Trailers was aimed at youth, though.But what do the children have against I books I assume they mean 1st person narration, but gee, Huck Finn for example is an I book and it is excellent I want to try an apple sandwich sliced apples on buttered bread This might be the last Newbery I read okay probably not because I have a mission to read them all and I m not a quitter because I am totally OUTRAGED by this book This mangled, sidetracking, lack of interest and shallow character filled story is the book that beat out Charlotte s Web the year it was released Are you kidding me This one example in and of itself goes to prove how extremely worthless the Newbery is If I ever write a book and win one I think I ll be the first person in h This might be the last Newbery I read okay probably not because I have a mission to read them all and I m not a quitter because I am totally OUTRAGED by this book This mangled, sidetracking, lack of interest and shallow character filled story is the book that beat out Charlotte s Web the year it was released Are you kidding me This one example in and of itself goes to prove how extremely worthless the Newbery is If I ever write a book and win one I think I ll be the first person in history to decline it, even though Estes should have I mean freaking Charlotte s Web Instead of writing my traditional random reviews like I usually do I m giving this book a two but out of spite I would prefer to give it a one I m going to take the time to compare this book to the greatest not Newbery winning children s book of all time at minimum someone try to argue it s not in the top 5 1 Life Lessons GP Don t be an idiot and lose your dog and if you happen to be an idiot don t be an even bigger one and assume someone couldn t have stolen it just because they are right in front of you CW We are all going to die but it s what we do and who we help on this planet that matters 2 Characters GP just finished this book fifteen minutes ago 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 They don t do anything special, literally your everyday run of the mill kids There uncle Bennie who is three yes pages are wasted on explaining this point that has nothing to do with the plot, why not just make him a younger brother And finally the title character Ginger Pye who literally isn t in 3 4 of the book About the deepest thing we learn about any of them is that the boy wants to study rocks and the girl wants to study birds when they grow up GP we discover is a dog.CW Fern a girl experiencing the loss of innocence as a child becomes a teen Learning some hard lessons along the way but still having time to smile and talk with animals Avery her comedic relief of a brother who does a much better job of portraying a typical boy than what s his face Wilbur the pig on a journey to learn the hard truths about life and do so in a humble way He really is just some pig And like fifty , shout out to Templeton, gains some kindness in the end, but finally Charlotte If I was going to sit down with my own kids someday and tell them who they should be when they grow up I d say be selfless just like Charlotte from CW This spider dedicates her entire life to others Wow Setting I m going to give them a tie here They both have a few exciting places they visit CW has a scene at the county fair and just hanging out in a barn is full of wonder GP involves the swimming hole and a mysterious cave, and there is a scene where the kids are in a church by themselves What kid wouldn t enjoy that I feel like both stories have created a setting that is timeless Emotional Factor GP could have cared less that the dog was lost because they literally just got him ten pages before Not enough time to become attached CW bawl my eyes out every time don t even try to deny it, you do too Charlotte lays down her life, gives everything she has and then perishes Yes irresponsible kids might have to go through the pain of losing a pet, but we all have to experience death Confusion Factor GP way to many tangents and random things happening that didn t add to anything CW straight forward, memorable, can be told by heart by millions of people this is verifiable, if you ve read the book seriously tell it to someone, you ll find yourself using actual quotes from the book.There is a reason why the Goodreads community has rated GP 3.6 with like 7,500 reviews while giving CW a 4.2 with over 750,000 reviews, Charlotte s Web is a clearly superior book Way to go Newbery, you dropped the ball on this one and countless others I might add, have I read a single five star Newbery yet We loved this story about a family who loves and respects animals Jerry wants a dog but he is worried about his cat s feelings, when he has made sure that he doesn t think his cat will mind he goes about earning the dollar required to buy the puppy he has set his heart on There is someone else who has a dollar waiting for this adorable puppy so the heat is on and there is a tense chapter or so when you you hope the outcome is happy as the other would be puppy owner sounds far from desirable T We loved this story about a family who loves and respects animals Jerry wants a dog but he is worried about his cat s feelings, when he has made sure that he doesn t think his cat will mind he goes about earning the dollar required to buy the puppy he has set his heart on There is someone else who has a dollar waiting for this adorable puppy so the heat is on and there is a tense chapter or so when you you hope the outcome is happy as the other would be puppy owner sounds far from desirable This book would have been nice enough as an everyday account of family life but a mystery unfolds that really kept us guessing.We appreciated the characters in this book really cared about animals and wildlife 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 The children having being taught to consider the feelings of others cared about elderly peoples dignity, and a happy ending ensued I avoided this book, thinking it one of those dog stories and I ve read far too many of those Terhune, et al But in this, the dog is absent for probably half the book orAnd even when he s around, it s not all about him I guess a different title would have beenaccurate What I loved about this book was how much of it is reflective lots of flashbacks and momentary recollections that round out the characters and give the reader lots of context and history about the setting and I avoided this book, thinking it one of those dog stories and I ve read far too many of those Terhune, et al But in this, the dog is absent for probably half the book orAnd even when he s around, it s not all about him I guess a different title would have beenaccurate What I loved about this book was how much of it is reflective lots of flashbacks and momentary recollections that round out the characters and give the reader lots of context and history about the setting and the family and how they think about life These are remarkably thoughtful kids and the dog too Right from the first page, we re into a debate on the comparative merits of various things And note that the book s final word is remembering Might have taken a star off for overuse of disconsolately at least three times but it s fine, you bet I listened mostly to the excellent audio book narrated by Kate Forbes, but also consulted the original edition I m not sold on the childish illustration style I wonder what a different artist would have done have a look at Ezra Jack Keats s 1965 drawings for The Peterkin Papers, or maybe Joe and Beth Krush, or Elizabeth Enright s drawings for her Melendys books I note that the sequel used Edward Ardizzone An improvement, I guess, but not perfect


About the Author: Eleanor Estes

Eleanor Ruth Rosenfeld Estes was an American children s author She was born in West Haven, Connecticut as Eleanor Ruth Rosenfield Originally a librarian, Estes writing career began following a case of tuberculosis Bedridden while recovering, Estes began writing down some of her childhood memories, which would later turn into full length children s books.Estes s book Ginger Pye 1951 won the Newbery Medal, and three of her other books The Middle Moffat, Rufus M., and The Hundred Dresses were chosen as Newbery Honor books She also received the Certificate of Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children s Literature and was nominated for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award By the time of her death at age 82, Estes had written 19 children s books and one novel for adults.


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