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I give The Moffats five stars, because I've read it many times over the decades, and I love it still. Children today, protected from words the publishers consider too hard, would profit from reading it: ignominiously, mien, geezer, e.g. And while learning new words, they would glimpse family life a century ago. A mother supports her four children and herself by dressmaking. Children are free to roam and discover the world.
(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.)
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. Mama is a dressmaker, and supports her family by making dresses for fine ladies. The Moffat family is poor and have to be thrifty to survive. But the Moffat home is filled with love and laughter from the outrageous antics of the three lively youngest children. Rich in memorable characters both young and old, this book will keep you laughing, and make you fondly remember growing up in your own family with memories of your own crazy days as children. This book was written by a librarian from West Haven, Connecticut who bases the setting on the town of her youth, renamed Cranberry. You're going to love the Moffat family. So dive in, and happy reading.
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. It's a lovely, warm look at childhood and the small moments that we remember from it. The book tells stories from the perspectives of each of the three younger Moffats (Joey, Janey, and Rufus) as well as stories that involve all three, giving it appeal to children of many ages. It's a neat introduction to some elements of history, as well, like the concept of quarantine or the days of horses and wagons. It's a wonderful children's book that continues to stand the test of time.
No Wizards, Wherewolves, Vampires need apply. I read this 55 years ago as a child and I could still remember the Authors name! I so enjoyed her books I read most of them that were published at the time AND WISHED FOR MORE. Why would a grown man revisit a childs book? I also read Moby Dick, Robinson Caruso, Treasure Island, David Copperfield. I liked to read and I like to revisit the books I love. Mrs Estes struck a cord with me, I connected with her charm and wit! And the vision she created in my head of a loving family stuck with me after all these years.
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. Each chapter focuses on a different event from having a for sale sign put up on the house where they live to Rufus (her 5 year old brother) ending up in a freight car to dance lessons and recital to moving when the house is finally sold. It’s a sweet book set in a long ago, slower time. I recommend it for all ages!