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The Moffats Paperback – April 1, 2001
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This charming book has been making readers smile for over half a century. It reflects a gentler era, when the jolly chief of police had time to sit on the curb to hear a little girl's "crimes" and a little boy's escapade on a train was not cause for media panic, just a simple redirecting by the agreeable engineer. Eleanor Estes, author of the Newbery Honor book The Hundred Dresses, and Caldecott medalist Louis Slobodkin (Many Moons) make a lovely team in this story of benign humor and sweet times. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The full cast treatment of this story adds texture and depth to the characters. (Chicago Parent )
The performances are splendid. (Earphones Award Winner) (Audiofile Magazine ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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By: Eleanor Estes
Reviewed By: Samantha C.
This book, the Moffats, is about a family of five. There is a mother and four children. Each of the children have their own special talent to make a basic job or activity into a bigger and more fun adventure. With their mischevious ways, going anywhere is fun. The children are Sylvie, who is the oldest, Joey, who sometimes think he is very superior, Janey, who has her own creative ways to seeing things, and Rufus, who can create trouble everywhere he goes. For example, they make a big deal about them having to sell their special house on New Dollar Street. They were able to think of so many ways from stopping people to buy, since all the Moffats thought the house they were living in was better then the others because they were able to see the whole street at one glance.
I enjoyed the book because it was very fun reading about the Moffat children making all kinds of mischievious problems. It was funny to see how Janey would be amazed with such little things. For example, in the first chapter, it qouted,"Jane could not take her eyes from her mother's hands. They had a way of doing things, peeling apples, sprinkling salt, counting pennies, that fascinated her". Janey was amazed at the way her mother did those simple tasks. Usually nobody really pays much attention to those small actions, but Janey sure does!
Another qoute is,"At last they were off, with Rufus in one of his every day sailor suits". When you first read this quote, ti may not mean much, but if you understand the background of that chapter, it will have more meaning to it. It was a Sunday morining, and the Moffats were all dressed up and ready to go to cghurch.Read more ›
Estes' engaging characters, living in the context of a sweetly old-fashioned small town, hold an undeniable appeal that has caused this story to endure for 70 years.
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The Moffats is about a family of five growing up in a small town of Cranberry, USA. The children's own childish dreams quickly run them along the path trouble in the form of... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Catherine Ashby
My mother read this book when she was a kid. I read it when I was a kid. Now I'm passing it on to my niece. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Finch
This is an entertaining book about the Moffat family, Sylvia, Joey, Jane, and little Rufus. They live with their widowed mother in a big yellow house. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susie
Returns me to my youth but still a good read. Not as interesting to todays
's kids becasue their lives are so different. No TV, no video games, mother at home, etc. Read more
About a year of life in Cranbury is chronicled through the eyes of 9 to 10 year old Jane Moffat in The Moffats by Eleanor Estes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Heather E. Hejduk
You should read this book so funny and interesting i love this book and all the characters a must readPublished 9 months ago by Johann
We have so enjoyed the timeless simplicity of this book. A classic. Filled with stories that made us laugh out loud at the mischief children get into! Read morePublished 10 months ago by pinkboatwideriver