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Eleanor Estes (1906-1988)

Ages 8 Up

Edward Ardizzone, Illustrator (1900 -1979)
Louis Slobodkin, Illustrator (1903-1975)
The Hundred Dresses
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.
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The Moffats
by Eleanor Estes
Louis Slobodkin, Illustrator
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
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The Middle Moffat
by Eleanor Estes
Louis Slobodkin, Illustrator
The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes

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Rufus M.
by Eleanor Estes
Louis Slobodkin, Illustrator
Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes
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The Moffat Museum
by Eleanor Estes
Louis Slobodkin, Illustrator
The Moffat Museum by Eleanor Estes
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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.

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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.

Ginger Pye
by Eleanor Estes
Edward Ardizzone, Illustrator (1900 -1979)
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
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The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode
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.
--Harcourt Brace Young Classic 2003
First Published 1972
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The Alley
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
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More books from Eleanor Estes:
The Curious Adventures of Jimmy McGee - Jimmy McGee is a tiny, leprechaun-like man whose peaceful life is disrupted when he rescues Amy's doll Little Lydia from a monstrous wave that sweeps her off the beach. Can Jimmy find a way to restore Little Lydia to her original state as a "do-nothing doll" before he returns her to her rightful owner?

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!