The fun, contemporary art work by Arthur Howard on the updated cover of Eleanor Estes’ book Ginger Pye had me all excited to read this one. Sadly, I felt cheated! Once inside the book, the illustrations were the original ones by the author and I’m sorry to say they missed the mark. Very primitive by today’s standards. Admittedly, perhaps not as much of a problem, though, for chapter book readers.
I so wanted to like this book. And I did, basically, imagining myself back in elementary school. This is the type of thing I did like to read on a summer afternoon under the tree in the front yard. But there were too many things about it that today’s students simply can’t relate to. Probably best if read with an adult who can appreciate its context and explain lots of the details (trolleys, tramps, etc.) It does harken back to a simpler time….