Rufus Moffat, a very lively and creative boy, stars in this charming tale set in the 1910s. Rufus is seven and he has two older sisters and one older brother. Rufus has many adventures. During one adventure he gets a library card all by himself, even before he can read! Other days, Rufus plays baseball with his sister. Rufus loves baseball, but he also hopes the team will take lots of breaks for cookies and punch.
Young listeners will delight in Christina Moore's spirited narration.
©1943 Eleanor Estes; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC.
"Moore conveys an earlier time and language, never losing her listeners. An irresistible treat for listeners of all ages." (AudioFile)
My 5 and 7 year old sons LOVE this book. The story touches on so many things near and dear to children that you don't even notice that it was set during the WWII era. My wife and I found our selves chuckling and rooting for Rufus right along with our kids. Perfect for long rides in the car!
For a frame of reference- we also loved the Stuart Little reading narrated Julie Harris.
This is truly a classic - and an excellent book for early elementary boys who can totally relate to Rufus. I love it more each time we listen to it - the narrator is excellent.
Its one of our favorites.
Of course, Rufus is our favorite. He's a bit scruffy, valiantly determined, humble, sincere, curious and loves his family very much.
Moore handles the different characters so well you lose yourself in the story and hardly realize that just one person is creating all these different people.
This book is on our daughter's second grade read aloud list, but our younger children have really enjoyed listening to it also.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It reminded me of my grandmother. Little Rufus is a determined boy and he is persistent. Written as though the time were WW1, the story covers things unique to this era. Victory gardens, oleomargarine and the orange coloring capsule, badges and knitting for the war effort are some of the things explained in this book. The culture of society was extremely different than today. Machine made wash cloths and socks, working to give money to the war effort and food rations have taken the sense of accomplishment away from the people. We need to be needed and this book shows that concept well.
This book is written from the point of view of an adventurous little boy. One of the things that makes this book unique is that the story takes place during World War One.
Charming series of related stories and well-narrated by Christina Moore. My eight year old and I were previously listening fans of Pinky Pye and The Moffats, and listening to this was like returning to old friends.
It must be good.... my 5yo son has been bugging me all afternoon to let him listen to some more.
Personally, I love the audiobooks that are 2+ hours in length because they give me more bang for my buck. This one fits the bill perfectly.
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