Meet the marvelous Pyes—
There is Mrs. Pye, the youngest mother in town; Mr. Pye, a famous bird man, who handles all the nation’s important bird problems; Rachel Pye, who is so reasonable she can make unreasonable ideas sound like good ones; Jerry Pye, who knows about rocks of all sorts and plans to grow up to be a rock man; Uncle Bennie, who is Jerry and Rachel’s uncle—even though he’s only three years old. Lastly is Ginger Pye, the “intellectual dog,” who Jerry bought for a hard-earned dollar. The most famous pup in all of Cranbury, Ginger knows tons of tricks, is as loyal as he is smart, and steals the hearts of everyone he meets . . . until someone steals him!
<p><b>Eleanor Estes</b> (1906-1988) grew up in West Haven, Connecticut, which she renamed Cranbury for her classic stories about the Moffat and Pye families. A children’s librarian for many years, she launched her writing career with the publication of <i>The Moffats</i> in 1941. Two of her outstanding books about the Moffats–<i>Rufus M. </i>and <i>The Middle Moffat</i>–were awarded Newbery Honors, as was her short novel <i>The Hundred Dresses.</i> She won the Newbery Medal for <i>Ginger Pye.</i><br /> </p>
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