The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy by Jane Birdsall

“Parents almost always want what’s best for their children. They just don’t always know what that is.”- Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks: A summer take of four sisters, two Rabbits and a very interesting boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Being away in Disney made me want to read a ” children’s” book. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy is a lovely story that reminds me of the books I read as a child like the Secret Garden. An imperfect family, the Penderwick family (consisting of the father, 4 daughters, and their dog) go spend their three-week summer vacation at a cottage they rented. Mrs. Tifton, a grumpy, snooty woman, and her son Jeffry own the cottage that is part of the Arundel estate.

The girls have a wonderful way of getting themselves into mischief and adventure- sometimes planned and mostly accidental. They soon become invested in Jeffrey and what the future will hold for him.

This is a beautiful and simple story that is heart warming and endearing. It’s a timeless tale that could take place anywhere and anytime in the last 75 years. It’s a story of love, kindness and friendship. I cannot wait to read this book to my kids. Despite the fact that’s it’s about four girls, I think boys would enjoy this tale very much.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy is the first in a series for four books.  The second book is entitled The Penderwicks on Gardam Street.  The Penderwick sisters are home and their father is starting to date again.  Book #3 in the series is entitled the Penderwicks at Point Mouette.  It is summer again and the Penderwick girls are off to Maine for the summer vacation.  The last book in the series is The Penderwicks in Spring.  The girls are five years older than the last book.

What’s the last book you’ve read that you know you have to read to your kids?

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy by Jane BirdsallThe Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Published by Random House Children's Books on January 16th 2009
Genres: Young Adult, Family, Siblings, Social Themes, Friendship, Girls & Women
Pages: 288
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four-half-stars

With over one million copies sold, this series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager.

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will—won’t they? One thing’s for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.

Deliciously nostalgic and quaintly witty, this is a story as breezy and carefree as a summer day.

From the Hardcover edition.

four-half-stars