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young or old! I was in the 1st grade when this sweet little book was read to me by my sweet teacher, Mrs. Wilson...never had another like her! That was a long time ago! We recently rescued a stray part American Dingo...as near as we can tell.
Unlike Ginger Pye in the story, our new Ginger is the DingoDogFromHell! ...but that's another story.
This particular copy was a gift for my beloved Colorado nieces. Enjoy!!
This is a 50+ year old book that almost feels timeless. Children today may romantically view the protagonists the way we thought of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer in the freedom they enjoyed to roam all over their home towns. But on every other level the emotions and thought processes of the Pye children as they acquire their first dog are universally experienced and shared. Ginger Pye clearly is the smartest dog in the world, or at least the smartest dog in every house but mine. His and his family's adventures, which are not always light-hearted, should delight almost everyone even today.
One of the things I loved about this book is its innocent description of life in a small town for a child 100 years ago or so. Their ability to manage their time, run freely, and be responsible is a distant memory for me (I grew up in the 50s and 60s).
I bought this book because I had just adopted a dog and named her Ginger; after doing some research on the internet I found this book Ginger Pye, and bought it - a copy for me and one for the kids next door. Even though the Ginger dog in the book is a boy dog, it is a great fit for ust.
My daughter and son loved this when I read it aloud to them when they were 6 and 4 respectively, one chapter a night, and they would beg to read more every night. Then, two years later, my 8-y-o found it on the shelf a couple of weeks ago and could not put it down. It will especially appeal to pet-loving kids.