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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 to pick them up again and reread them with adult eyes.
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.
Creative, heartwarming read! We love this family and are emotionally attached to each one one them. A perfect book to round out the series and give us closure. Beautifully written! Estes understands the evolution of a family as life progresses- sweet in every way. We love the continual tidbits of history included in this series- a great conversation starter.
My daughter and I read a copy of this book from the library, and my son, who has read the rest of the series, is excited to have his own copy. We love all the stories about these creative children who lived in a time and place when children could be more free. His copy arrived quickly and is in new condition.
As with all the other Moffet books, this one is adorable. The Moffets are a WWI-era family living in a small town outside of Boston. Follow three of the four children around town on their daily adventures, as they take us back into a time of innocence and wonder that I wish all children today still had. I can't imagine any child not falling in love with the Moffats; I was first introduced to them in "Rufus M", when I was small, and ran to the library to check out the others in the series!
These are a great way to introduce a little history through fun stories; the antics and relationships are universal & timeless.
My earliest recollections of reading are when I got my first library card in grade school many, many, did I say many?, years ago. The books that stand out as my first are The Moffat series by Eleanor Estes. To this day I can remember reading about the Moffat family, especially young Rufus. Perhaps I identified with him. I love the drawings in the book and the stories. They are full of family fun and values. I just bought these for my new step-children (getting married Mar 30/10) for them to get the enjoyment that I remember. An excellent value and free shipping if you purchase all 4. I actually received one free because I purchased 4. Worked for me. Enjoy!!! Perhaps they are what inspired me to become an author myself.