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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Paperback – March 13, 2007
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“Problems are solved and lessons learned in this wonderful, humorous book that features characters whom readers will immediately love, as well as a superb writing style. Bring on more of the Penderwicks!” --School and Library Journal, starred
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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.
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I chose to skip certain bits and change certain words as we read. I will likely try book 2 and do the same .
Some words /characteristics that may or may not bother you . Things I like knowing about before handing my kids a book. A few potential spoilers ...
1. "Oh my God " is used by an upset adult .
2. One child in the book often jokes about how she is going to murder someone .
3. One of the girls is 12 and has a major crush . She talks about having kissed a boy & imagines what it would be like to kiss her crush.
4. couple in late teens is caught kissing .
5. There is some sneaking around behind parents backs .
6. Some "white lies" are told .
All of these are topics I prefer to talk with my kids about as we read or skip over .
Overall, we laughed and enjoyed this book & look forward to trying book 2.
I often describe this series as a celebration of childhood and girlhood. Each character is perfectly imperfect. Two books made me cry, and all four had me laughing aloud. I want the world to read Penderwicks!
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.
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I borrowed this book from the Library and loved it so much that I bought it in hard cover so that I can read it to my kids over and over. I adored this book.
but I love The Penderwicks.
The story line is easy to follow and is very exciting, a great summer tale!
I can't wait to read the rest in this series.
Thank you Jeanne Birdsall !