The Trouble With Jenny's Ear

The Trouble With Jenny's EarBy The Author Of The Enormous Egg, Another Hilarious Tale Tells Of Two Boys Explosive Initiation Into The Electronic Age And Of The Sudden Manifestation Of Extrasensory Perception In Their Younger Sister Horn Book Black And White Illustrations

Butterworth was born in Hartford, Connecticut and spent much of his life as a teacher, teaching at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut from 1937 to 1947 and Junior School in West Hartford, Connecticut from 1947 to 1949 Additionally, beginning in 1947, he taught English at Hartford College for Women in Hartford, Connecticut until the late 1980s.Butterworth was an author of many children s books, most

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  • Paperback
  • 275 pages
  • The Trouble With Jenny's Ear
  • Oliver Butterworth
  • English
  • 01 October 2019
  • 9780316119221

10 thoughts on “The Trouble With Jenny's Ear

  1. says:

    I read and have the 1960 hardback tenth printing edition I adored this book as a kid I was intrigued by the idea of a little girl having the power of being able to hear others thoughts and how she s able to use that ability to know so much beyond her years on a quiz show Won t give than that away, but it s great fun I reread this book yet again in April 2019 prior to having to give up my copy of the book I doubt that I ll get a chance to read it again My current public library has only one copy and it s for library use only It s out of print and I m sure many libraries no longer have it at all I think my last reread was since I joined Goodreads twelve years ago but I think it s been some years back This book is great fun It s a really good hud book It s hilarious The father s sense of humor is particularly wonderful Very amusing I love how the parents go along with the deception I probably got a huge kick out of that when I was a child This was one of my favorite books when I was in elementary school I love the spelling bee and the quiz show and the showing of the outdoors outdoor activities I love the characters and their relationships I enjoyed some of the humorous droll names a few of the characters have I d forgotten that Jenny age 6 didn t have as big a role as I d thought and that it is her brothers Joe 12 and Stanley 10 that are also main characters, though everybody has a role place in the story There aren t too many illustrations but the black ink ones that appear I found charming It s definitely a tale of its time and is not politically correct at all sexism, fur, etc etc etc and it s now historical fiction, but I think it deserves to be in print I m always interested to see what literature I was exposed to when young and impressionable Even though there are plenty of anachronisms I still thoroughly enjoy this period piece book.

  2. says:

    A really funny and entertaining story and an interesting look into a time period when technology was emerging and being used by people for uses they hadn t thought about before Jenny lives with her mum, dad and two brothers When a housing estate is planned opposite their house that means Jenny s beloved brook will be concreted over Jenny and her brothers come up with some ingenious ways to stop this from happening.The plot revolves around a special talent Jenny discovers and their attempts to save the brook and the area they love to play in There are some very amusing scenes, we loved the spelling bee, the scenes where technology was brought into the class room were hilarious, we loved the way the children made work for themselves by thinking of a cunning plan to avoid a lesson.Lovely line illustrations really help set the scene for this era, a really enjoyable read.Read on openlibrary.

  3. says:

    Although it is lengthy, this is an easy engaging read that brings in several ideas of the time, including electronics and television quiz shows It is interesting to consider how technology has changed in the intervening decades As with The Enormous Egg, we eventually get federal involvement on a grand scale.

  4. says:

    Above all else, this book is hilarious Every page has some pithy line that made me snort or giggle I especially adore Mr Pearson, who gives us gems like this the context is the kids needing to come up with 50K Why, that s splendid, Mr Pearson said Now we have ten dollars, a dictionary and a giant size package of cookies We re really making progress toward that fifty thousand, and we have two whole months to go I don t see how we can miss Beyond the sardonic hilarity, it s also a fascinating snapshot of the time when the US was falling head over heels in love with technology at any cost.A lovely book Highly recommended Thanks, Wendy.

  5. says:

    Jenny s older brothers are very interested in telecommunications Their uncle, who shares their fascination, regularly brings them radios, speakers, microphones, television screens, and other equipment so that they can experiment with new technology and maybe even come up with ways to make their lives easier As her brothers find ways to revolutionize everything from schoolwork to waking the household up in the morning, Jenny finds that she has developed an even efficient way to receive messages from those around her Jenny s ear is able to hear what people are thinking When her brothers learn of this exciting new ability, they immediately look for ways to use it to make money, taking their sister to the local spelling bee, and later, to nationally televised quiz shows, where she can t be beat at least, not until her unique ability begins to fade away.As he did in The Enormous Egg, here Oliver Butterworth tells a fantastical story that almost feels plausible In many fantasy novels, characters who develop strange abilities panic about them and go to great lengths to keep them a secret In this book, though, Jenny s family learns of her newfound sensitive hearing and begin to fold this new information into their lives as though it is no big deal They do keep it a secret from the quiz show hosts and such, at least at first, but the book is less about hiding a magic power and about exploring the ethical and practical implications of being able to spy on the thoughts of others without even really trying.The Trouble with Jenny s Ear is a light, humorous story which explores serious subjects in a whimsical way The focus on quiz shows and the novelty of television and other electronics decidedly dates the book to the 50s or 60s, but that just makes it charming and fun to read This would be a fun family read aloud, even for kids as young as 5 or 6, and a good independent read for ages 8 and up.This review also appears on my blog, Read at Home Mom.

  6. says:

    One of my favorite books I checked out of the elementary school library, this book kind of disappeared off all my radar screens over the years As far as I can tell it is no longer in print normally has it in used books Oliver Butterworth also wrote The Enormous Egg, another really good chapter book I haven t seen this book in at least 45 years, but as I remember, Jenny s brothers were doing some kind of electronic experiments and it had an incredible effect on Jenny s ear Jenny was captivating to me because she could hear what people were thinking, something that every fourth grader okay, every living person would love to be able to dofor awhile Being able to hear thoughts is an interesting experience for Jenny in church and during her entrance in a spelling bee Seems like her brothers really took advantage of the situation You know, I m going to order that book I saw on for 4.65 right now I want to remember the rest of the story It has to be good because it has been on my mind since fourth grade I ll let you know if it held up over the years.

  7. says:

    Another wonderful book I found in my elementary school library I think this book reflects the adult world s fascination with game shows in the 60s but what makes this book fun for readers is the eager way Jenny s brothers try to use her newfound skill to make money while she becomes and perturbed by her uncanny ability to read people s thoughts.

  8. says:

    A delightful book that is equally good as a period piece and as a timeless kids story Raises questions about the role of technology in our lives also touches on the game show scandals of the 1950s, development of rural areas, and what it s like to be a child prodigy The spelling bee scene is priceless.

  9. says:

    My librarian recommended this to me in elementary school and I remembered liking it so I searched it out to read to my boys 5 12 I liked it again in the rereading and would recommend it as a read aloud book, especially for families with siblings.

  10. says:

    Dated, but an enjoyable read.

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