Ginger Pye

by Eleanor Estes

Paperback, 2000

Status

Available

Local notes

PB Est (c.3)

Publication

HMH Books for Young Readers (2000), Edition: 1, 320 pages

Description

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.

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

1951

Physical description

320 p.; 5.13 inches

ISBN

0152025057 / 9780152025052

Barcode

870

User reviews

LibraryThing member atimco
Ginger Pye, the 1952 Newbery Medal winner, is the story of a dog and his family, the Pyes (no relation to the nasty clan of that name in L. M. Montgomery's Anne books, by the way!). The Pye children, reasonable Rachel and her brother Jerry, consider their family to be quite distinctive in their little town of Cranbury. For one thing, their mother is the youngest mother in town. For another, their father is a well-known expert on birds. But the crowning point of the Pye family fame is Uncle Bennie, age three, born several years after his nephew and niece. For surely there is nothing more unusual and interesting than an uncle who is a baby!

Jerry and Rachel love their dog Ginger, who was purchased as a puppy by the aid of a miracle and an afternoon of hard work. Soon Ginger becomes famous in his own right for his intelligence and loyalty. But someone else sees the potential of the little dog, and when Ginger is suddenly stolen, the children are heartbroken. The story continues on, however, as the Pyes try to find their stolen dog, with no success. And lurking on the outskirts of the story is the yellow-hatted "Unsavory Character" (as the children dub him), mysterious and sinister. Was it he who stole Ginger?

Some things about the story are slightly artificial—everyone is happy and nice, and there are no visible complications in the family relationships. But there are other moments of startling honesty; life isn't all perfect and wonderful. It takes forever to get Ginger back, and when they do, there is sad evidence that the little dog was cruelly abused by the thieves. The Pyes are poor, and although the children are unexpectedly able to earn the dollar they need to buy their puppy, it's very clear that Ginger would have gone to some other home if fate had not intervened. One also feels some sympathy for Wally Bullwinkle, whose unhappy home life is hinted at but never explored. In short, this is very much a children's book. There are sad and bad things, but they are peripheral, not yet the main things. It is a comforting read.

This book was "assigned" to me by a friend who wanted me to experience this classic of his childhood. Eleanor Estes is a familiar name in circles devoted to children's literature, but somehow I missed her books as I was growing up. I'm glad this has been remedied, as I found Ginger Pye to be a rosy-colored but also honest tale, capturing perfectly that childlike reasoning that makes so much sense at the time—and that some of us can still remember. Recommended.
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LibraryThing member Omrythea
Read this, but scarcely remember it.
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`Here is the book for which we have been waiting...a story written with sympathy, humor, and understanding. An outstanding book.' The Horn Book

Book Description
A heartwarming, yet quirky, story about a boy called Jerry whose much-loved puppy, Ginger Pye, goes missing. Jerry and his sister begin a desperate hunt for Ginger, who they're convinced has been stolen away by the stranger in the yellow hat. After months of fruitless searching the children are about to give up hope when a chance gust of wind reveals the villain to the children and Ginger Pye is saved. BLA book which has stood the test of time and deals with the special relationship between a boy and his dog in a fun and lively way
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LibraryThing member debnance
This is the kind of simple story about ordinary happy families that I read in bulk as a child. (I remember reading this particular story, in fact.) Rachel and Jerry are brother and sister, living with their mom and dad in a quiet little town. Jerry wants a dog, but he knows it is nearly impossible for him to earn the dollar he needs in time to buy the dog. Lo and behold, an opportunity to earn money avails itself to Jerry and, before he knows it, he is the proud owner of Ginger, a brilliantly clever dog. But, alas, others learn of Ginger’s brilliance.Ginger disappears. The rest of the book is devoted to searching for Ginger. And that’s the whole book. No family turmoil. No dysfunctional people. Everyone in the story seems, well, focused and kind and happy and…gosh, nice. Was Estes deluding herself? Were families really like this? Are most families like this now? One can always hope.… (more)
LibraryThing member ncgraham
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.
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LibraryThing member goodnightmoon
The plot is fine, and of course the references are archaic. But I did enjoy two aspects: the chapter from the point of view of Ginger (discovering the enemy dog in the mirror, affecting a humble pose to get out of trouble, forgetting that he was trailing Jerry!), and the reminder of what it's like to be a kid. I liked the part where Rachel went to sit among the "meteors" and she reflected that grown-ups thought they were ruins of a building. A playful spirit rides through the story, but the overall effect wasn't deep enough to leave an impact.… (more)
LibraryThing member EleanorR
This book was really bad. There is no point to it. It was stupid. The dog gets lost but they find it in just a little bit. i have know idea how this won a Newberry. It is the worst book i have every read
LibraryThing member savannahmcallister
I was not a big fan of this book. It went on and on about nothing and took forever to get to a point. I thought it jumped from one thing to the next. I personally do not understand how it recived this award. I, however, did find the sketches very cute.
LibraryThing member libby.gorman
Mom loved this as a kid, and I didn't read it until I was an adult, but then I loved it, too--maybe more than I would have as a kid. Adds to my dog-envy!
LibraryThing member AngelaPrice
Jerry Pye wants what every boy wants – a dog to call his own. After earning the money to purchase his first dog, and doing so with little time to spare before the seller was to sell his dog to someone else, Jerry and his “Ginger” become inseparable. Despite the mysterious yellow hat man, whom Jerry believes is the man who also wanted Ginger, Jerry and his dog have many adventures around their town of Cranbury. On Thanksgiving Day, Ginger is stolen out of Jerry’s backyard, presumably by yellow hat man, and the family begins a quest to find their lost Ginger. Months pass without any clues, but on his birthday Jerry finally finds the break for which he’s been searching. Ginger Pye breaks free of her kidnapper’s confines and finds his way back to the family he loves.

This was an entertaining read. The setting transported me back to a simpler time when kids played outside and had great adventures with their friends and their dogs. I couldn’t help rooting for Jerry to figure out that his mean classmate, Wally Bullwinkle, was holding Ginger prisoner. The author gave great descriptions of some of the characters in the book, such as “perpendicular swimmer.”

In the classroom I would use this book in a literature circle featuring the works of Eleanor Estes. Ginger Pye, Pinky Pye, and The Moffats provide three choices with characters that are woven throughout the books. These choices could speak to various interests and also allow for some big group comparisons. This book would be a good one to use for comparisons between how children spend their time now versus how they spent their time before the advent of television. Students could write about how they spend a typical summer day and then compare it to how Jerry spent his days. This would be an entertaining book to use as a read aloud after lunch.
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LibraryThing member jians
A book all about one little dog who every one likes, Ginger! He goes through lots of adventures with his owner Jerry. And his sister Rachel.
LibraryThing member js20
When Ginger Pye was a puppy he could already do many tricksbut then when a misterious footstepper or unsavory character steals Ginger what will happen?
LibraryThing member ALindelof
Jerry just got a dog called Ginger Pye but there is a mysterys footstepper that is triing to take Ginger. One day Ginger disappers what are they going to do. This book is good for people that like dognapping and mysterys.
LibraryThing member gvandevel
This book is about Jerry and Rachel that really want a dog just like Miss Speedy. They here that she gets pups and is selling them for one dollar. Be sure to read this book and Miss Speedy gets tackled the same day and gets to be in the hospital! This book is GREAT!
LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
This is a cute little book, perfect for kids. It is written from a child's viewpoint and infused with that particular "magical view" of the world that many children have. Another thing that makes this story stand out is that the emotions are real and not glossed over. The ending, in particular, emphasizes both the ecstasy of reunion and the heartbreak of all the months of separation.… (more)
LibraryThing member rsteinberg
In Ginger Pye Jerry and Rachel buy adog for a dollar and name him Ginger Pye.
LibraryThing member catz
Ginger Pye was one of my favorite books that was a quick read and I like quick reads and I finished it in 1 day.
LibraryThing member kizzie123
When it got to a certain part in the book, I was so scared to know what happened that I didn't read the book for two weeks! The author pulls you in with suspense and i loved it! I h ope you will too!(It's okay what happened in the end!=)
LibraryThing member SeriousGrace
Written in 1951 this book has classic charm. It's written for kids - gradeschool age - but not a bad read for adults either. It's the story of Jared Pye (Jerry) and his dog, Ginger. It opens with Jerry needing to earn a dollar to buy a puppy. His sister Rachel helps him and before long they have the smartest puppy on the block. It's not long before Ginger's talents as the smartest puppy are notice by some unsavory types and he disappears. Of course, being a book for kids it all ends well, but I won't spoil it for you.… (more)
LibraryThing member Karra.MCDS
Ginger Pye is about Rachel and her brother. They both want a puppy and finally get one. They name him Ginger. They see this guy in a yellow hat following them. They soon forget about him and keep playing with Ginger. When Ginger is still a puppy, he dissapears! They have to get clues and find out who the man in the yellow hat is. I liked this book a lot because it was very descriptive and I love mysteries. I hope that you will read this book too, and enjoy it as much as I did!… (more)
LibraryThing member TnTexas
The book was a bit rambly in places for my tastes (what can I say? writing styles have changed a lot of the last 60 years), but the story still had its moments and is worth reading - for the glimpse into a simpler time, if nothing else.
LibraryThing member bell7
Jerry and Rachel Pye live in Cranbury with their parents and Gracie-the-cat, but Jerry is thinking of adding a new addition to the family: a dog. Another person wants this dog, however, and a mysterious person with a yellow hat keeps appearing.

I loved the Moffats when I was younger, so I was ready to enjoy this Newbery award-winning story by Eleanor Estes. The Moffats are referred to a couple of times, in fact, and I kind of want to go back and reread their stories now. The characters are funny - Rachel with her too-serious way of thinking everything was like a story book, Uncle Benny who is famous because he is three and the Pye's uncle. It wasn't hard for me to figure out where the story was going, but I liked the homey tone of the narration, even when it was going off on tangents. This would make a great read-aloud book.… (more)
LibraryThing member briannad84
First saw this at a used book store and though I didn't buy it, made a note of it and finally got around to checking it out at the library. It's a cute book and reminds one of how much people took for granted back then! Would like to read more of her books. Thought it was a bit odd about their Uncle Benny though. That just seemed like a strange character to throw into the story! But that's just my opinion! Loved Sam Doody though!… (more)
LibraryThing member satyridae
Sweet story that is a little dated but nevertheless warm. The author avoids contractions like the plague and it just sounds funny to my ear.
LibraryThing member LaurenNDavis
Summary:
This book is about a ten year old boy named Jerry Pye, his sister Rachel and their puppy Ginger. The first time Jerry and Rachel take their puppy home they hear footsteps behind them, whom they believe is trying to steal their dog. Others see a mysterious person in a yellow hat lurking around, so when Ginger becomes missing on Thanksgiving Day they believe the mysterious person, named Unsavory Character by them, has taken Ginger. The seach desperately for Ginger but have no luck. Months later, on Jerry’s birthday, Ginger breaks free and returns to her family, although she is no longer a puppy but a full grown dog.
Personal reaction:
This book was okay. I wasn't crazy about it but it wasn't terrible either. I found it a little boring but I can see how children would enjoy it.
Classroom extensions:
1. I would have my students draw a picture of the "Unsavory Character" based on the description given in the book.
2. I would discuss with my students the responsibilities that go in to taking care of a puppy and a dog.
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LibraryThing member erin99
Ginger Pye is about two kids, Jerry and Racheal always wanting a dog. Jerry found out that the Stanleys were saling their dogs puppies. Each puppy cost one dollar. So he thought and thought about how he would raise the money. He asked his sister Racheal if she knew any jobs. But she had nothing in mind. Then the next day tall Sam offered them a job. He had something else to do and asked them to do the favor. Jerry asked if they would get paid. Sam said sure how does one dollar sound. Sure enough he accepted and did the job as neat and as good as Sam. With the help of his sister and baby uncle.
I think this book is a great story for people of all ages. It is action, humor, and reality. It is good for people who have siblings and get the rivilary.
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Pages

320

Rating

(220 ratings; 3.6)
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