Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Ginger Pye

Ginger Pye. Written by Eleanor Estes. An Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic, c. 1979, 306 pp.

Reading Level: 990L

Synopsis: Ginger Pye is the story of 10 year old Jerry Pye who purchases Ginger Pye for $1.00. Ginger Pye is a terrier that is quite smart and popular amongst the members of the Cranbury community. After letting Ginger out in the backyard just before Thanksgiving dinner, the Pyes soon discover that their precious dog has disappeared, or better yet may have been stolen. The town of Cranbury begins a mass search for Ginger Pye, but will they find him?

Rationale for Use in the Classroom: This is a great story of family, teamwork, loyalty and friendship. It is an easy read book and it entices you to question what happened to Ginger Pye.

Content Area Connections: Family, Friendship, Teamwork

Possible Areas of Concern: The book may be lengthy for some third graders so make sure the Lexile reading level matches the student’s reading ability.

~Elizabeth Schreiber

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This entry was posted on November 24, 2012 by in Chapter Books.

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