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The Moffats Paperback – Illustrated, April 1, 2001
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About the Author
Eleanor Estes (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 The Moffats in 1941. Two of her outstanding books about the Moffats—Rufus M. and The Middle Moffat—were awarded Newbery Honors, as was her short novel The Hundred Dresses. She won the Newbery Medal for Ginger Pye.
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The Moffat Museum was written many years after the first three Moffat books, and so inevitably there is a difference in tone here and there. But even so it's always a delight to read about the adventures of Sylvie, Joey, Jane, and especially Rufus Moffat. They live with their widowed mother in a small house on Ashbellows Place in Cranbury, Connecticut. It's just after World War I, and money is tight. Their mother sews to earn money, and Sylvie and especially Joe work a variety of jobs to contribute their share, but this doesn't stop the fun. Jane and Rufus are once again the main characters. This time they've decided to set up a Moffat Museum, and they collect a variety of unusual and sometimes bizarre objects for it. Eventually many other people get involved, and the Museum becomes an unlikely success.
Since the Moffats are getting older there are some big changes in this book. Sylvie gets married and Joey goes away to school. Both Jane and Rufus are learning more about the world Like its predecessors The Moffat Museum is a series of independent though interconnected plotlines, told with gentle humor and simple, appealing, language.
(The poor formatting of the book, with pages missing, should be corrected. The note about Eleanor Estes at the end of the book contains a misspelling of Moffats, and other errors.)
These are a great way to introduce a little history through fun stories; the antics and relationships are universal & timeless.
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