Book review: Ginger Pye

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Author:Eleanor Estes
Reading Level (Conceptual):Learning to read
Reading Level (Vocabulary):Children 8 and up
Year of publication:1952

A brother and sister pick a dog, earn the money to buy him, raise him, and search for him for months when he is stolen.

Newbery Winner, 1952

My then-11 year-old guessed who the "Man In the Yellow Hat" was long, long before the siblings discovered the culprit. And, in fact, she became quite frustrated with the young protagonists as they searched for their dog in such a disorganized fashion.

Nonetheless, we both found the descriptions of the children's life in a small town at the turn of the century charming.

Probably best for readers significantly younger than 11 and/or older than 20.

A great choice for a very precocious young reader.

-- Emily Berk

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