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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....

Title : Ginger Pye
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Number of Pages : 306 Pages
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Ginger Pye Reviews

  • Hilary
    2019-02-26 15:54

    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.

  • Jen
    2019-02-26 23:01

    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 me more or less interested in this book and, more 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 little more from 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 enamored 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!

  • Andrea
    2019-03-26 16:15

    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.

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-07 19:10

    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).

  • Pamela
    2019-03-18 21:11

    Right now, I have no words for how bad this book is.

  • Jonathan
    2019-02-24 20:52

    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 more, 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???)

  • Nathan
    2019-02-23 17:00

    The 1952 Newbery Medal winner Ginger Pye was a childhood favorite of mine, a book I can still remember my mom reading to my brother and me when we were very young indeed. My continuing love for it might be simple nostalgia, but I think the fact that it has lingered in my mind all these years is proof of the book’s simple power, and I enjoyed it just as much as an adult as I did as a child—in parts a bit more, because when Estes discusses such things as the first and third persons (in a very round-about, child-like manner), I am now in on the joke.The Pyes are a unique bunch: Mr. Pye is a famous “bird man” (the children’s word for an ornithologist) who is always being called on to solve all the nation’s bird problems; Mrs. Pye is the youngest housewife in town, having literally bumped into the 35-year-old Mr. Pye on when she was only 17, thus causing him to fall madly in love with her; Jerry is a normal 10-year-old boy, interested in rocks and dogs; his younger sister Rachel wants to be a “bird man” like her dad and makes up the wildest explanations for things she doesn’t really understand, and finds them entirely sensible; and Gracie-the-Cat is a lazy old thing whose only great virtue, besides rat-killing, is her ability to unlock the front door. I should probably add Mama’s brother Bennie as well, as he visits every Saturday and is considered a hero in Cranbury because he is an uncle at only three years of age. All their lives change for the better when Jerry inducts a new pet into the household, the lovable puppy Ginger, whom he bought for a hard-earned dollar. But it seems someone else wants Ginger too, an Unsavory Character whose mysterious footsteps and dirty yellow hat are the only clues they have as to his identity....There are certain passages of this book that have stuck in my mind like bubble-gum to the bottom of school desks. The story of how Mr. and Mrs. Pye met is one of them, Mr. Pye having knocked her over while he was foolishly trying to go up the “down” escalator, only to find himself head over heels in love: “Well, of course, since Mama was such a little thing and wore only a size two shoe, and, moreover, ate like a bird, Papa had to marry her.” And who could ever forget Rachel’s argument with her friend Addie Egan over the pronunciation of the word “villain,” especially Rachel’s assertion that “it must be vilyun because vilyun sounds more vilyunous than villun”? I could even remember Dr. Kelly’s pink and green kinds of medicines: “Both tasted awful but the green was worse because it also looked bad.” It’s little touches like this that make the book really breathe, and help create the impression that the Pyes are actual people living in an actual city called Cranbury, somewhere between Boston and New York.

  • D.C.
    2019-03-04 20:03

    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 illustrations...oh 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.

  • Lia T.
    2019-03-06 14:50

    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.

  • Amber McCarter
    2019-03-17 21:56

    So here's the thing. I read as many books as a child as I do to this day - reading was an enormous aspect of my life from the get go. So while I can't actually remember a whole lot about this book (and probably wasn't even old enough to judge the quality of the writing, let alone recall it), I have decided that if these books still come to mind so many years later... Well, that in itself earns them a high rating. Clearly, they touched me in a significant enough way at that point in my life, that they were indeed done well. Whether they actually are or not. The End.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-09 19:58

    Newbery Medal Winner--1952I think I would have liked this one more if it was more focused on the story of the missing dog. The first 100 pages or so are okay...but then the dog goes missing and other than a description of looking for him, the rest of the book is a bunch of unrelated events with a few "Jerry was still looking for his dog"s thrown in until (SPOILER ALERT) the dog is found. It's not even that mysterious, which was another thing I was hoping for. The author pretty much tells us early on who stole the dog.

  • Kathi
    2019-03-25 21:11

    Caution: read complete review before judging Ginger Pye.I almost never use the b-word myself, and didn’t allow anyone growing up to ever say she was bored in our house, either. So you know I am really serious when I say that most of Ginger Pye bored me (almost dangerously!) as I listened to the audio CD driving home from Atlanta. Repetitions, chapters about mundane moments, narrations that had nothing to do with the plot…I am glad I had an audiobook, because realizing the book had 300 pages might have ended it…even with it being a Newbery. Luckily, I was a captive audience in my car.I must admit, however, to another redemptive ending (I had just finished Sounder not long before) that led me to reflect and to appreciate this book’s merits. Besides liking the ending* (There's a warning and spoiler below), I had already begun thinking that parts of the book were not only sweet, but also useful for children to read. For instance, when Jerry and Rachel go hiking with Sam Doody, whose great smile we hear described at least 10 times during the book, Rachel suddenly is gripped by an irrational but realistic fear of heights. Although I was still in the b-parts, I thought what a good tool this segment could be to discuss with children—a good item to tuck away in their memories if they ever feel similarly. Also, the relationship between the brother and sister was very positive. Of course, Rachel would help Jerry earn the money to buy Ginger. Of course, they help watch Uncle Benny every Saturday. Of course, they listen when their mother calls for dinner. Of course, Rachel always looks for the good in people. Nice things happen here, are even taken for granted, as they should be when children are children.All is not rosy, however, even for children in 1950, when the book was written. The Unsavory Character (I did love that Rachel called “the man in the yellow hat” that term!) probably exists, and I won’t spoil the rest of the story even though it isn’t hard to predict.I began wondering if this story would be a good read-aloud for today's elementary-aged children (even with their younger siblings). Would they find it boring, as I did many parts? I think they might not. Eleanor Estes might have had such a wonderful way of writing for children that they might just appreciate the mundane moments, the repetitions, and those chapters that had nothing to do with the plot.The moments and chapters were enough to earn Estes the Newbery Award in the much less-sophisticated time of 1951. Please let me know if your children would give Estes their approval 63 years later. I am curious!*Spoiler and Warning:The ending strongly hints at animal abuse.

  • Drew
    2019-03-24 21:53

    An old-fashioned book that probably seemed a bit old-fashioned even in the 50s when it was first published. Repeating what I said in one of my updates: I'm impressed with how Eleanor Estes has perfectly captured what goes on in kids' heads. Even the little rabbit trails of the narrative seem to turn exactly how the mind of a child would go. Too many children's authors write children as if they are merely small grown-ups. Jerry and Rachel Pye are kids. And that's why this book works. So, after all that, here's the frustrating thing. (view spoiler)[The dog of the title, Ginger Pye, is barely in the book at all. While it's true that this book is about a dog, it is only in the sense that the dog is the chief subject matter in the lives of the kids. First the acquiring of the dog, and then the search for the dog after he disappears. I think there are exactly two chapters in which the dog is actually present. I was kind of expecting to read all about Ginger Pye's exploits. Instead I read all about Jerry and Rachel's long search for the missing pup. And to keep it in perspective that was fine, and there was some good stuff there, but the back-cover copy felt a bit like bait-and-switch. (hide spoiler)]But the kids loved it. Just loved it. Loved it so much they wanted me to immediately move on to the sequel, Pinky Pye. I'm not ready for that yet. In fact, I might suggest we go for The Moffats next if we must read some more Eleanor Estes. (By the way, The Hundred Dresses is a perfect little children's book, and especially perfect for little girls, of which I have two.)

  • ABC
    2019-03-18 18:03

    I was all prepared to give this five stars, but I was dissatisfied by the ending. Of course, I won't give away spoilers. ;-)Non-spoilers comments:I loved how the two siblings in the book, Rachel and Jerry, were such wonderful friends. They have such a great brother/sister bond that I'd like to see more often in books.I liked the little stories throughout the book. This book was much more about events in the lives of Jerry and Rachel than it was a "dog" book. I did feel, however, that sometimes the stories got a little long-winded. Even though Ginger was actually Jerry's dog, it was was interesting how much of the book is from Rachel's point of view. She is such a thoughtful girl. (Perhaps Eleanor Estes when she was young?) I wish she would have stuck up for herself a little more--after all, Ginger really should have been half hers. But still it was realistic in the way she was portrayed.I did NOT like how the book constantly repeated the fact that Ginger is a smart dog. Okay, we get it! He is smart. 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 artwork seemed amateurish, yet charming. I checked to see who the illustrator was and it was Eleanor Estes herself. I liked that. It really made me think I was seeing the way she thought the scenes actually appeared.

  • Michael Fitzgerald
    2019-03-25 17:07

    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 or more! And even when he's around, it's not all about him. I guess a different title would have been more accurate. 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.

  • Shanna Gonzalez
    2019-03-25 22:03

    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.

  • Joseph Park
    2019-02-28 18:09

    This was a great book. I really liked how the author wrote, cause even though it made it confusing, you could infer on what was going to happen next. It was a tragic story, but I think that Ginger Pye, the dog of Jerry and the Pye's could have been more longer. I mean, the dog wasn't in the book that much except in the beginning an the end. Overall I would recimmen this to anyone who loves to read classics.

  • Amy
    2019-03-10 15:06

    We really loved this 1951 classic. It had us on the edge of our seats. We were so desperate for Ginger to get back home to his family. Full review here:

  • Aleesia
    2019-03-17 16:59

    Such a good book! So sweet! This dog was so loyal! It makes me mad that when someone steals him that the kids never got to really see the dog grow up. :( Wonderful book I would totally reccommend it!

  • Brooke
    2019-03-10 17:57

    I really liked this book especially when they found Ginger.

  • Kari
    2019-03-13 19:00

    Oh my gosh I hated reading this book. I read it aloud to the girls. They were quite fond of it and got caught up in the mystery - especially Poppy age 7, so we kept with it to the end but reading it drove me crazy. It's like listening to a story told by someone who says the same part over and over five different ways before moving to the next part and then telling that same thing six different ways and I was like OH MY GOSH YOU ALREADY SAID THAT TEN TIMES!!! And irrelevant tangents ALL OVER THE PLACE so in the end it's like, you could have told the story in 1/5 of the pages so WHY DID WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL THAT TORTURE?! I can see it is meant to have charm and be from a child's point of view, probably why my children weren't bothered by the Willy nilly ramblingness of it like I was, and I have read other books that were more about the setting and the people than the actual narrative, but it's just something about this one bugged the heck out of me. NOT RECOMMENDED. But my kids loved it.

  • Kaia
    2019-03-13 15:15

    This rambling 1952 Newbery Medal Winner feels quintessentially 1950s. Here are a few examples from the beginning of the book:Papa was a great bird man and for a few minutes Jerry thought proudly about him. He was off now on a trip to the Everglades to study birds in their habitat there. Men in Washington were always quoting Mr. Pye's articles on birds. When some question on the conservation of birds came up, "Call in Mr. Pye," was the first thing the men in Washington said. They would pay his fare to Washington but that was all they would pay aside from the respect.And,A tall boy named Sam Doody, who lived a few doors away in their block, came and knocked at the kitchen door. Sam Doody was about fifteen years old and he was so tall that every time any little boy or girl met him they always asked him how the air was up there. Sam had heard this joke so often he must have been very tired of it. But he was very good-natured and he always grinned and said, "Swell!"

  • Falina
    2019-03-26 22:10

    This book is an interesting mix of overly wholesome and unapologetically realistic. 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. It's a fascinating look at how care of children and pets has changed since the 1950s.

  • Steve Shilstone
    2019-02-25 23:17

    Whenever Rachel takes center stage, the story soars.

  • Drew Graham
    2019-03-12 17:15

    I read this book as a child and remember absolutely loving it. My mom found my old copy (complete with ownership inscribed inside the front cover by my eight-year-old hand) and I read it through for old times' sake. Ten-year-old Jerry Pye is determined to own one of a neighbor's new puppies, and with the help of his younger sister Rachel and three-year-old Uncle Bennie (the youngest uncle any of the local kids have ever heard of), he's able to make the necessary dollar to snatch up his favorite before the other interested party does. Ginger is a clever and agreeable dog, and even the family cat takes a liking to him, but his reputation as an "intellectual dog" may have some unwanted side effects when the family fears an "unsavory character" in a yellow hat has taken an interest in the dog. These fears are confirmed when Ginger is stolen on Thanksgiving Day, but Jerry and Rachel are determined to find him and bring Unsavory Character to justice.This book was kind of charming, but I didn't love it like I thought I would, even after all these years. It was told largely from the perspective of the kids (and for a little bit through the eyes of Ginger himself), so the plot was pretty simple, as if it were one of Jerry and Rachel's bedtime stories, but that was fitting. There were several tangents, some of which were fine, small vignettes about childhood and small-town life, pretty consistent with the way a child thinks and feels, but some of which were just overlong and unnecessary. There was one entire chapter RIGHT before the big finale that could have been omitted completely. Unfortunately this story, written over 50 years ago, also doesn't seem to pass the test of time, as it seems dated and a little corny. There wasn't much of a mystery like I expected, but the characters were interesting and charming (though I did wonder why Mr. Pye had to be away so much, and it seemed like Jerry should have been a little more desperate to find his beloved dog). Set in the small town of Cranbury, Connecticut in the 1950s, it did have a sort of feeling of nostalgia for times when towns were safe and teenagers were trusted to spend a Saturday with small children, and church was something you could write about in a novel, and it did seem authentic in that way. The ending was really sudden and not very exciting, and for a book about a reportedly remarkable dog, Ginger wasn't even in it that much, which seemed like a real waste opportunity. I can totally see why I would have loved it as a kid though, I loved my dog so much, and Ginger is a lot like I remember Sandy being (since, after all, Sandy was the best dog ever--isn't every kid's dog the best dog ever?).This was a sweet little read, not much substance, and not as good as I remember it from my own childhood, but it had a lot of charming characters and a happy ending for dog lovers. I would recommend it for younger readers, but I'm afraid today's kids are a little too technology-savvy and overstimulated to appreciate this snapshot of the simple life of the kids of decades gone by. Still, I'll probably read it to my younger kids one day.

  • Kristin
    2019-02-26 20:01

    I quite disliked this book. The story is quite a simple one... Family gets puppy, someone mysterious is following the puppy, puppy disappears, kidnapper is discovered & puppy is eventually reunited with family. This 300-page book could easily have been written as a 100-page book along the lines of a silly, little book called "Ginger, the Stray Kitten" my daughter recently read. The story is engaging for the K-3 crowd, but the sheer length of the book and vocabulary are aimed at older children. Younger children won't know the larger vocabulary words like "gloaming", "placidly," "impudent," or "unsavory"; older children will find the storyline lacking action and simplistic. Basically, it misses the mark on all fronts.Oh, and the lack of editing is atrocious! E.g., while Rachel is sitting at the reservoir watching the boys swim, she reflects back to a time the previous May when she had seen a sparrow trying to retrieve some tissue paper to use in its nest. The author takes three pages to describe this memory in painstaking detail! I had to remind my second-grader that this was just a memory, or flashback, and that it wasn't even happening currently in the story. The flashback went on so long that you nearly forgot it wasn't a part of the main storyline! Then, in the following chapter, it takes the author 15 pages to basically tell us that (a) Ginger thinks his reflection in the mirror is another dog and (b) he can't figure out where the kids go all day long when they're at school.I gave the book two stars instead of one, because it's a mediocre story for a young child. My second-grader is an advanced reader and brought it home; she didn't hate it nearly as much as her dad and I. Had it been written today, there is no way this book would have won the Newbery Award. I guess when your competition was the Bobbsey Twins and Hardy Boys, then maybe it seemed like a good book in its day. Perhaps the Newbery people liked that the author has a passion for not ending a sentence in a preposition; e.g. "of this Ginger was unaware." Still, I think I've read some old Bobbsey Twins books that were more engaging and better written than this book.

  • Ann
    2019-02-23 19:06

    I was disappointed by this one. Maybe I'd had too many people tell me how much they loved it, so my hopes were too high? Maybe it's one of those books that really connects with young people, so if you miss it when you're young yourself it doesn't make as much of an impact? Regardless, I was underwhelmed. The text was highly repetitive. Every event was rehashed a million times. I was listening to an audiobook and the second half of the chapter were Ginger follows Jerry to school was missing, and it didnt' matter because it was brought up a zillion times so I already knew exactly what happened even before I found a copy of the book to finish that bit. The only thing I missed, really, was the bit about Wally staring intently at Ginger and Jerry not noticing.Which leads me to the second complaint, that it was OBVIOUS what had happened to Ginger. I'm not sure if that was intended, to up the tension when Jerry and Rachel had no clue, or whether it was supposed to be subtle. Instead it was just annoying because I knew where he was and that what the children were doing was futile and not going to lead anywhereI didn't like the ending of the book. The entire plot is about trying to find Ginger, and in the end he just sort of shows up on his own, with no real contribution from Jerry or Rachel. If they had done nothing to search for him at all, it would still have ended in the same manner. It's all coincidence and way-too-convenient timing. Uncle Benny helps a tiny bit, but I suspect Ginger would have followed him home anyway. Even that bit of actual agency is not shown in the text, but rather related after the fact. It also doesn't make any sense that Wally and his father get on the train and leave without Ginger. There's no mention of any other dog, and Ginger knows all sorts of tricks. If they were going to go be on vaudeville with the dog, then what use is getting on the train if their act has been lost?

  • Dillon Bui
    2019-03-09 18:06

    In my opinion, the book "Ginger Pye" was exciting to read and the story line was very impressive. For example, " It was unbelievable that Ginger was not out there somewhere and Jerry went to the back door and whistled." (pg.148) This quote took place when Ginger Pye had gone missing. Jerry and his sister Rachel went searching for Ginger, but there was no luck. I liked how Jerry and Rachel spent many days looking for Ginger because she was a very special dog. Ginger was an intelligent dog who was adopted by Jerry and Rachel for only a dollar. So far this is the only book that I had a bit of emotions while reading it. For example, "To both of them the possibility was too real that they might not find Ginger, that Ginger might be gone completely and forever." (pg.151) In this part, I felt really terrible and sad for Jerry and Rachel. I thought perhaps that they might not ever find Ginger and Jerry and Rachel might not ever forgive themselves for losing Ginger. I can relate to losing something that means a lot to a person. I admired that Jerry and Rachel would never give up and kept moving forward until they find Ginger. I can totally connect to Jerry and Rachel when reading the book. I remember being little and I was lost at Disneyland. I was scared. I cried and cried, thinking that I would never be able to see my parents again. My parents are people that I care and loved very much and if I'm not able to be reunited with them again, that would break my heart. Just like Jerry and Rachel, losing Ginger was painful. But with persistent and dedication like the way Jerry and Rachel had, it'll pay off. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes pets, adventures, and excitement. I would guarantee that people would be touched by how well this book is written. The author, Eleanor Estes did a fabulous and successful job on writing this book. Overall, I thought the author did a great job by keeping the readers wanting to turn the pages.

  • Nicole Palumbo Davies
    2019-03-12 23:15

    Ginger Pye was so sickeningly sweet and slow. I know I'm not the target audience, but a good children's book, a Newbery winner, should at least be able to be appreciated by adults as a good piece of writing. This was sugary dreck that meandered and went nowhere. The writing was repetitive, with flashbacks that I guess were supposed to build character, but I don't know why it was important to know that the Pye parents met on an escalator. There's no excuse for stupid adult characters - would a real police officer, even in a fictional, idealized small town, actually use a drawing by two kids who admit that they didn't see the suspect's face, as the basis of an investigation? And wouldn't even a two-year-old be able to figure out who stole the dog before he even disappeared?

  • Rhonda
    2019-03-12 20:54

    I read this aloud to my boys (ages 10 and 8) and my husband. We read each night at bedtime as a family. We all agree that this is the worst book we've ever read, and we read a LOT. I agree with other reviews that the story is a simple one, but is too long and wordy with unnecessary tangents. Despite feeling early on in the book that it was not going well, we persevered hoping that it would gain momentum, but it never did. I'm a librarian for a K - 8 Montessori school and try to give the award-winning books a try. This one was published in 1951 so perhaps that explains why it won, but it definitely would not win today.