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Rufus M. Paperback – 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.
Top Customer Reviews
Though I would not have used the word then, I was enchanted. Estes sketched out a world I wanted to leap straight into.
This is such good a book that it has stuck in my memory as a happy thought about a distant time. I found myself thinking about it as I sat at my desk this evening and googled my way here. I'm 37 tomorrow. 30 years on and it's still with me.
Rufus acts like a seven year old. That's why I think he's a seven year old. Rufus writes his name sloppy at first. Then he practices and practices and he gets better and better. He gets better at doing tasks that use to be hard. Rufus is a great kid, unlike any other (no offense). This is the story how Rufus became unbeatable.
The characters are Rufus, Sylvie, Jane, and Joe. Rufus has messy hair, he is seven, and he is rough. Sylvie is nice. She is also clever, and she is about nine. Janie is a girl who is clever, but not exactly as clever as Sylvie. She has a crush on a friend of hers. She is eight years old. Joey is Rufus's brother and he is nine years old. He likes to play with Rufus and he is rough like Rufus. I believe in the chacracters of the story and I am interested to find more about them. I can picture the individuals in my mind. They get on with one another by playing with each other. I like Rufus best because he is funny.
The author is a good writer. She uses words like "urge" and "dozing." Her writing would make me imagine the story even if there were no pictures. The author treats me like a big kid. It is like it is written by an expert. I think the book is great. The cover also looks great. It makes me want to read the book right away. It urges me to talk about it to my friends. The pictures are interesting and they make the story better.Read more ›
I recently purchased this and the other Moffat books for my granddaughter, and when I began reading them to her, I was transported once again to another time...or two...it certainly brought back childhood memories, and, once again, I was swept into the reality of the US home front during World War II. And my granddaughter, born at the turn of the 21st century, was just as captivated by Rufus Moffat as I, born as history was drawing that chapter to a close.
It is probably a host of other protocols which fascinates my granddaughter rather than the ones which grabbed me as a child. She lives in a world where children seldom move about unsupervised in their neighborhoods, and the freedom which Rufus takes for granted is something she can only imagine. Yet there are enough similarities between her life and that of the Moffats to make the story engaging and believable. For instance, my granddaughter's parents repair antique pianos and often install Playmations in them, so the chapter, "The Invisible Piano Player" really amused her on a personal level. And her mother raises a garden every summer, so she knew firsthand about planting beans and then digging them up again to see if they had sprouted.
Some things span across time, regardless of whether they seem archaic. Kids need a window on other eras, other lifestyles, other socioeconomic strata. This book is a good bridge to some of those things.
It's warm. It's funny. It's full of human failings, triumphs, frustrations, joys, selfless acts, solid family values and good, old-fashioned imagination.
I highly recommend Rufus Moffat!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book. I would recommend this book to grownups and kids. I loved this book. Read it!Published 15 months ago by Michelle Anderson
I liked this book because it had a lot of adventure in it. That is who I would recommend this book to, people who like adventure. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Shawn Cabral
Recently I rediscovered my old paperback copies of Eleanor Estes' Moffat books. I read them first way back in the 1960s in elementary school and really enjoyed them, and it's nice... Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by John D. Cofield
I really liked this book. It was about a little boy who lives with his family in a war. It was mostly great but I think that some parts were boring. Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Over 50 years ago an adopted aunt took me to the public library for the first time, helped me to get a library card and helped me to select "Rufus M" by Eleanor Estes as one of my... Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by Sky Sox Wiz
My earliest recollections of reading are when I got my first library card in grade school many, many, did I say many?, years ago. Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by John Peter Davis
This is another great book in the extremely well written Moffat family series. You will love how Rufus looks at life. Read morePublished on November 21, 2009 by S. Dykstra
I just finished reading this book to my 7 year old and 5 year old. We were absolutely enchanted by this book. It is our favorite of Estes's books so far. Read morePublished on October 8, 2008 by somanybooks_solittletime