- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0800 (What's this?)
- Series: The Penderwicks
- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Box edition (February 23, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101937602
- ISBN-13: 978-1101937600
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jeanne Birdsall is the National Book Award–winning author of the children's book The Penderwicks and its sequel, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, both of which were also New York Times bestsellers. She grew up in the suburbs west of Philadelphia, where she attended wonderful public schools. Although Birdsall first decided to become a writer when she was 10 years old, it took her until she was 41 to get started. In the years in between, Birdsall had many strange jobs to support herself while working hard as a photographer. Birdsall's photographs are included in the permanent collections of museums, including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Art Museum. She lives with her husband in Northampton, Massachusetts. Their house is old and comfortable, full of unruly animals, and surrounded by gardens.
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Highly, highly recommended!!!!
This book is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, and even so I was able to take a lot from it and constantly think about it. The four Penderwick sisters’ (and Hound, their dog) journey is very emotional and heartwarming as we watch them soar through life with courage, love, and friendship. It has compelling emotion to make you relate to the characters, lessons that teach you about family and friendship, and parts that make you process the words you just read! In the end, we learn to never take your friends and family for granted and to cherish the best moments in life.
The Penderwicks In Spring, by Jeanne Birdsall, takes place on Gardam Street, the street on which the Penderwicks live on. Eleven year old Batty Penderwick is in fifth grade and has one older sister in college, two older sisters in high school, one younger brother in second grade, and one younger sister who is not in school yet. It is very hectic and chaotic at the Penderwick abode and things get even more wild when plans don’t go quite the right way.
The family has a lot of drama and emotional moments, especially Batty. One time is when she starts thinking about her dead dog but blames herself for his death. “And then last autumn his heart had stopped working properly. The veterinarian said that they just had to care for him and love him, and Batty had loved him, and loved him, and loved him, but it hadn’t been enough. No one in her family had ever said that Hound’s dying was her fault, but she knew the truth. She hadn’t been able to keep him with her, to stop him from leaving her behind,”(page 9). You can see that this is really sad because you would feel awful if you thought that you were the one that killed your dog.
The girls also learn a lot of lessons about how they act to their family, which just made them become more bonded. An example is when Batty overheard Skye, her older sister in high school, say some harsh and nasty stuff about her to the family’s close friend. “‘The mother has cancer and she’s pregnant and because treating the cancer could hurt the baby, she has to make a decision. [...] she decides to protect the baby and let the cancer kill her. So she dies. She died. And in exchange-’ ‘Don’t say it, Skye,’ Batty heard Jeffrey say. ‘Please. I know you don’t mean it.’ ‘Why wouldn’t I mean it? It’s true. In exchange for our dead mother, we got another sister, just what we didn’t need. We got Batty,’”(page 206). As you can tell this would be very terrible for Batty to hear and that’s just another death to blame herself for.
The book has a lot of content that makes you think about what you just read. One part that shows this is right after Batty’s sister’s angry and mean words slowly sink into her mind, pretty much making her a totally different person. “Batty’s world turned black and void of sound. If the two in the hall were still talking, she could no longer hear them. She was floating somewhere far away in a thick fog of desolation, with shreds of old explanations tumbling around [...] (and) slipping away before they could be made sense of. If only she could put the shreds together properly, Batty thought, maybe the fog would lift. But try as she would, all was confusion and misery.”Immediately after I read that I had to sit there for a second and really think about the words that my brain just devoured. I think that is fantastic for a book because then the reader can take something with them from the book.
Throughout the book, the Penderwicks are constantly improving their love for each other and bonding even more. We learn to take advantage of life and the best moments with your family and friends. I give The Penderwicks In Spring a 4.5 out of 5 star rating: a must have!