Role: Connector
I can connect to the Pye family because I have a peIMG_1314.JPGt dog named Roger and they have a pet cat named Gracie. Roger is like Gracie, because I don’t think he would be jealous if I brought another kind of pet into our home. Roger is also like Gracie, because he is closest to me, just like Gracie is closest with the mother, Mrs. Pye. Roger likes to hunt for animals like Gracie too, but he only chases them. He doesn’t hurt them. Roger is unlike Gracie, because he knows lots of tricks, not just opening the door.

Chapters 3 and 4
Role: The Passage Picker

(I wrote out the passage. You do not have to if you pick this role. Just note the page number and paragraph number.)
“It was a terrific thunderstorm, but once it got started it was over in ten minutes. The thunder had boomed, the lightning sizzled, the rain splashed down, horse chestnuts had fallen from the tree, and the birds were silent. When it was over Rachel felt as though the world had been born anew. She had spent these ten minutes of big storm in the big armchair doing nothing but appreciating the storm. When no more rain was falling, except big drops pelting slowly from the horse chestnut tree and the roof, she returned to the kitchen. Would dinner ever be ready? She wondered.

I chose this passage because I was drawn to the way Eleanor Estes used her descriptive words to create a mood. The somber, yet peaceful, mood she created made me feel like I was actually experiencing the thunderstorm. I like how she described it as short, but when it was over, “the world was born anew.” By this, I think she meant that everything came back to life. For example, the birds started chirping again, and the sun or moon started showing face as well. I could connect to this passage, because I enjoy experiencing a thunderstorm by absorbing it into my soul.

Chapters 5 and 6
Role: The Wonderer

I wonder why Unsavory Character would throw his/her mustard colored hat into the reservoir. I wonder whether or not Jerry and Rachel are going to later discover the red crayon mark they made in the mustard hat. I wonder why the author, Eleanor Estes, decided to write so many flashbacks in her book Ginger Pye. (examples: the sparrows, the perpendicular swimmer, sled riding by the Speedys’ farm, etc.) I wonder why Mr. Pye didn’t seem interested in the events of the day, particularly the Unsavory Character.

Chapters 7 and 8 --

If I could jump into the book and become any character at this point, it would have to be Jerry Pye. I feel he and Rachel should have gone inside of Wally Bullwinke’s house, or at least looked at him more suspiciously. He acted very suspicious and untrustworthy when they came to his door seeking Ginger. He showed absolutely no concern! He also couldn’t keep his eyes off Ginger in school. I would have asked to come inside at his house. If he still wouldn’t open the door, I would have asked my parents to come back with me to that house OR I would have started calling Ginger through the crack in the door. If I heard barking, I would know Ginger was there. I feel Wally is a suspect at this point in the book, especially because he wouldn’t even open the door for Rachel and Jerry. Therefore, he HAS to be hiding SOMETHING, right?

Chapters 9 and 10 I chose the role of the Character Critique


I would like to critique Wally Bullwinkle for his inappropriate and rude behavior. He was very unfriendly to Rachel and Jerry by the skeleton houses when he said that, “he thought he told them never to come around again.” This is bullying! His behavior is extremely suspicious and sneaky. Both Jerry and Rachel saw him in a yellow hat and then he took it off when he realized they were in the neighborhood. If I were his parent, I would punish Wally by sending him to a class on manners. If I were his teacher, I would punish him by making him write a sincere apology note to every student he was rude to in school. Finally, do you think Wally is a true suspect, or just a red herring?

Chapters 11 and 12: I chose the role of the Poet.
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Eleven started with a trip on the trolley,
Where they met Mr. Tuttle – a man who’s jolly.
On the lookout – he should have been hired,
For he saved the Pyes from a trolley fire!
Picnicing they went on the western rock,
For a day in nature to see birds of flock.
Mom wanted the children to rest,
But all they wanted to do was to find Ginger’s theft!
The Pyes wished that the Judge’s Cave,
Was the place in which Ginger would be saved!
But luck was against them – no luck did they gain -
As Judge’s Cave was surrounded by chains!
On the trolley ride home, Jerry felt quite sick,
He was sad about Ginger – what an awful trick!
About Ginger, Rachel talked to Mr. Tuttle,
She may as well have been talking to a puddle!
Mr. Tuttle said, “Your dog is lost, so not found.
But when he’s found, he’ll not be lost,”
Rachel didn’t need his advice at any cost!

Chapters 13 and 14: Author Critique

If I were Eleanor Estes, I would not have made it so obvious throughout the book that Wally Bullwinkle was guilty of the crime. Instead, I would have created a red herring. Perhaps I would find a way to make it LOOK like Mr. Tuttle, Bit-Nose Ned, or Sam Doody were also suspects to mask the fact the Wally was really the true thief. Each of them could have had a convincing motive for committing this crime. For example, Bit-Nose Ned may have wanted revenge on dogs like Ginger since his dog attack. I would still give subtle hints that Wally was guilty, but not make it as obvious as Eleanor Estes did. I feel that really good mysteries have several suspects, whereas Ginger Pye only seemed to have one. I still enjoyed the book very much, but this change is something I would need to see in order to say that the book was FABULOUS.