The Moffats

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1941 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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Meet the Moffats. There is Sylvie, the oldest, the cleverest, and-most days at least-the responsible one; Joey, who though only twelve is the man of the house...sometimes; Janey, who has a terrific upside-down way of looking at the world; and Rufus, who may be the littlest but always gets in the biggest trouble.
Even the most ordinary Moffat day is packed with extraordinary fun. Only a Moffat could get locked in a bread box all afternoon, or dance with a dog in front of the whole town, or hitch a ride on a boxcar during kindergarten recess. And only a Moffat could turn mistakes and mischief into hilarious one-of-a-kind adventure.

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Read these book as a little girl and loved them. Couldn't wait for the mobile library to open on a Monday so I could get another one out!

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If you want a book with strong values and a good moral the moffats are the family for you. Written in the 60's and based in the 20's this book and all of the other Moffat books are excellent. 3 thumbs up!
Also Pinky Pye, the Middle Moffat, and Ginger Pye

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The Yellow House on New Dollar Street
Jane and the Chief of Police
The First Day of School
A Horse and Wagon
The Ghost in the Attic
The Sailors Hornpipe
Another Sign on the Yellow House
The Coal Barge
Share and Share Alike
Mud and Murdocks
The New Second Avenue Trolley Line
The Last Chapter in the Yellow House

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About the author (1941)

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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