Eleanor Estes (1906-1988)
Ages 8 Up
Illustrator (1900 -1979)
Louis Slobodkin, Illustrator (1903-1975)
1945 Newbery Honor Book
Wanda Petronski, a little Polish girl in an American school, is laughed at because she always wears a faded blue dress, until her classmates learn a lesson.
The Middle Moffat
The Moffat Museum
|At the turn of the 20th century, many changes took
place in the lives of American children. The enactment of child labor laws
and the improvement of public education played an important role in the
moral and ethical development of our children. There was great optimism
felt for the future of our children, and publishers of children's
literature began to reflect this change: children living in stable communities;
grandparents considered wise; and family was treated with dignity, respect
and honor, and as a unit.
Eleanor Estes based the Moffat books on her childhood. The
town of Cranberry is Estes’ hometown of West Haven, Jane from “The Middle
Moffat” was really Eleanor, and Rufus was her little brother Teddy. While
there was a dependence on family for emotional security, her characters
were able to spread their wings and grow their independence, without fear,
through their play and experiences in a safe neighborhood.
Eleanor Estes was born on May 9, 1906 in New Haven, Connecticut. She was a children's librarian at the Free Public Library in New Haven and attended the Pratt Institute Library School.
Her first book, The Moffats was written in 1941.
Three of her books were chosen as Newbery Honor Books from 1943 to 1945, The Middle Moffet (1942), Rufus M. (1943), and The Hundred Dresses (1944).
Ginger Pye (1951), illustrated by Edward Ardizzone, was awarded the 1952 Newbery Medal.
Nobody believed Hugsy Goode when he prophesied that a tunnel lay beneath the alley, until-generations later-Nicholas (alias Copin) and Timothy (alias Tornid) decide to explore.
And lo and behold, right under the vine-covered hole outside the house where Hugsy Goode used to live, they find an entrance to a place filled with adventures beyond their wildest dreams.
In the heart of Brooklyn, New York, there is an alley that is the most beautiful place to live in the whole wide world. Or so Connie Ives believes. And because this alley just so happens to be the perfect location to sharpen one's swinging skills, hold practices for the Alley Conservatory of Music, and convict a burglar by trial, it looks like it might be the most exciting place to live as well!
--Harcourt Brace Young Classic 2003
First Published 1964
Miranda the Great - When barbarians invade Rome, Miranda the cat and her daughter Punka must find a safe place to hide from the chaos. They make their way through the burning city, collecting motherless kittens as they go. At last they reach the Colosseum--but even there, danger lurks!