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

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy The Penderwick Sisters Busily Discover The Summertime Magic Of Arundel Estate S Sprawling Gardens, Treasure Filled Attic, Tame Rabbits, And The Cook Who Makes The Best Gingerbread In Massachusetts Best Of All Is Jeffrey Tifton, Son Of Arundel S Owner, The Perfect Companion For Their Adventures Icy Hearted Mrs Tifton Is Less Pleased With The Penderwicks Than Jeffrey, And Warns The New Friends To Stay Out Of Trouble Is That Any Fun For Sure The Summer Will Be Unforgettable

Jeanne Birdsall grew up in the suburbs west of Philadelphia, where she attended wonderful public schools Jeanne had lots of great teachers, but her favorites were Mrs Corkhill, sixth grade, who encouraged her intellectual curiosity Mr Tremonte, eighth grade algebra, who taught Jeanne to love and respect math and Miss Basehore, second and fourth year Latin, to whom Jeanne and Mr Penderwick

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  • Paperback
  • 262 pages
  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
  • Jeanne Birdsall
  • English
  • 25 September 2018

10 thoughts on “The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

  1. says:

    I ll admit I approach award winning children s books with some trepidation All too often, children s literature awards denote books that appeal to adult librarians and book critics rather than to children The books are like brussel sprouts on the literary table We are told to read them because they are supposedly good for us, not because we will enjoy them.I was happy to find that National Book Award winner The Penderwicks was an exception Four sisters and their father take a three week summer vacation to a rented cottage behind Arundel Hall, and become involved in the fate of the young boy who lives in the mansion The book is funny, sweet, gentle and moving The characters are perfectly drawn The book is also very accessible I read it in a single afternoon, and I m not a fast reader Here is a book driven by character and atmosphere rather than by plot, and yet, unlike some other books that used to drive my students crazy because nothing happens, this one never loses the reader s interest Highly recommended for girls It will still be a tough sell for boys, but I would not cringe to see The Penderwicks taught in the classroom That s than I can say for many Newbery picks.

  2. says:

    4.5 stars People sometimes make unexpected choices when they re lonely. The Penderwick sisters are summering with their father on a cottage aka part of the Arundel estate.There s Rosalind 12 , Skye 11 , Jane 10 and Batty 4 , and of course their dad and their dog Hound Penderwick.They girls soon discover that this summer will be one that they will remember forever Arundel is nothing like the neglected little cottage they imagined Each of the girls have their own room, the sprawling grounds as their backyard and the adventure of a lifetime Parents almost always want what s best for their children They just don t always know what that is. However, Mrs Tifton the owner is something else She s mean, and stuffy, and rude, and just about everything in between Her son, Jeffery, seems alright, but with a mother like that , just how will the girls have any fun Don t kill her now, just when we ve gone to all that trouble to rescue her, said Jeffrey. Ahhh This was truly a cute book.It reminds me a lot of Little Women and I mean that in the best way The characters are so sweet and sassy with each of their personalities rounding out their sisterhood.I really liked how the plot meandered from one adventure to the next It s nice to get those slice of life books sprinkled here and there It felt refreshing and I adored it Onward to the next book This is what made a book great, she thought, that you could read it over and over and never get tired of it. YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading

  3. says:

    I m upping to 5 stars on reread This is a timeless, heartwarming middle grade story of the Penderwick family and their three week vacation one August in a rental cottage in the Berkshire mountains, in western Massachusetts It may not sound too exciting, but with the Penderwicks, everything is an adventure The family consists of Mr Penderwick, a widower who loves plants and randomly speaks in Latin to his daughters Rosalind, age 12, who s taken on the caregiver role for her younger sisters Skye, 11, an adventurous girl whose blunt, occasionally ill considered words sometimes get her in trouble Jane, 10, aspiring author and soccer player Often speaks as though she s writing one of her heroine s adventures For although Sabrina Starr had enough courage to face her adversaries, it was nice when she didn t have to Elizabeth Batty , age 4, animal lover extraordinaire who wears fairy wings every day and Hound, Batty s faithful companion.They meet Jeffrey the Very Interesting Boy of the title his alarmingly stern high society mother, who is renting the cottage to the Penderwick family, the handsome teenage gardener Cagney and his two pet rabbits, a belligerent bull in a pasture, and And they all learn and grow just a little in the course of their three week stay in the Berkshire cottage that summer.I m convinced that telling a middle grade tale well enough to charm both young and old is a truly difficult thing to pull off well, and takes a lot of talent I bought this book about ten years ago for my daughter, who was about 9 years old at the time, and we both loved it The Penderwick girls are vivid, quirky and varied personalities I never had trouble remembering which girl was which A recommended read, especially for young girls Now to try to lay my hands on copies of the sequels Original post I remember this as a completely delightful middle grade book about a family of young sisters and their family vacation one summer, but I haven t read it for years For some reason it grabbed my attention today, even though I should be reading other books We ll see how it holds up on reread

  4. says:

    Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read My heart is so full, having just finished the book it really touched me deeply and I absolutely love it After just a few pages, I knew I the Penderwicks were destined to become my dear book friends like the March sisters and Anne and Emily of old and indeed the whole story was absolutely darling, charming, sweet, refreshing everything I d hoped for and because it is also remarkably sensitive, thoughtful and I hate to say it, rare in that it portrays a modern family who genuinely love one another and are genuinely nice, helpful people and good friends with one another In my opinion, Birdsall s book deserves all the praise heaped upon it but that does nothing to diminish the sheer joy of discovering for yourself just how wonderful it really is I highly recommend all my friends to read it this summer

  5. says:

    there is no book lovely and summery and sweet than this one man oh man.this is a story about sisters that my sisters and i used to read growing up, and it is just as delightful this book makes me use words like delightful at 21 as it was at nine, and ten, and eleven, and twelve i read this book a lot like, a lot a lot i love these four sisters, and their friend Jeffrey, and their dad and their dog Hound i love this setting and this summer i could read this book again and again and in about an hour it is very short so on top of everything, my reading challenge loves it too.basically I LOVE SISTERS AND SUMMER AND DOGS AND FRIENDSHIP and this book is about all of those things dreamy.i intend to try to read the rest of the books in this series, mostly because i can t remember if i ve read them before i m very excited.bottom line YAY what could BE summery than rereading a book with the subtitle A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

  6. says:

    A lovely set up for a book, but the characters never felt real Somehow all the ages felt off Batty talked like someone much older than 4, I had to keep reminding myeslf that Rosalind was only 12, and Mrs Tifton seemed like she was in her 50s, not early 30s I just never fell in love with the characters It was trying too hard to be sweet and charming I did like Hound though.

  7. says:

    4.5 stars This books is wonderful It has all of the magic of a classic and I love the relationship between all of the sisters Plus Hound is such a fun character

  8. says:

    This is like a re imagined Little Women for the modern age It is different and similar There are 4 girls with a neighbor boy who have lots of adventures over a summer where they grow up a little The Penderwicks can t go to the beach for their month long summer vacation this year which is a little disappointing, until they see the huge cottage they are renting for 3 weeks on the property of a huge mansion The boy in the mansion Jeffrey, welcomes the chaos that the girls bring with their fun One sister is a writer, like Jo Another sister is a tough outspoken tomboy, like Jo, then there is the 4 year old sister and the sister that falls in love They live with their father, their mother is dead They have to help Jeffrey fix his life while they are all having fun together with rabbits and hounds and gardens.This book had the magic of summer to it That time when the world feels right and life feels easy and the world is waiting to be explored The sisters were a whole lot of fun to get to know They sure did give Jeffrey s mother a difficult summer, but maybe she needed that I see why this is such a popular series I don t know if I will go on, but I am glad I read this first one It s a wonderful book in the middle grade genre for kids and anyone young at heart My heart is heavy for the time being and I can t figure out why I think that s why this story didn t go deeper I did enjoy the story, but it just didn t hit that place in my heart and I don t think it s the books fault necessarily It could just be difficult to penetrate whatever has me down I m struggling in school right now and I ve got to look for a place to work and life seems difficult right now I just couldn t feel that carefree nature that the girls had during this story So, I think it s simply where I m at and not the book.

  9. says:

    The tale of the Penderwicks is the epitome of a middle grade masterpiece Adults that just don t get it, a summer vacation in a strange new land, hopeless love, heartbreak, best friends at first sight friendships, a family so close you wish you were a part of it Jeanne Birdsall takes everything you loved about your childhood and whittles it down to a couple hundred pages.The Penderwick children have enough personality to fill a series and I look forward to continuing the series and seeing where Jeanne Birdsall takes them.This might just be my favorite non fantasy middle grade book of all time.

  10. says:

    Oh my stars This book was the sweetest, most touching thing I ve ever read 3 It completely captured the essence of childhood Honestly, the book was such a sensitive and touching portrayal of childhood It made me tear up than once as I really saw the characters in such a raw, honest way They felt so real and relatable.The writing itself made me feel all cozy and comfortable It was blissfully nostalgic, heralding back to the classic children s stories of the past And it held a certain magic to it the magic of summer days Fireflies, climbing trees, cozying up with a book in the shadeall the things that make summer such a magical time.SO YES I absolutely positively adored this book 333 Definitely going on my favorites shelf _ Oh, and if you re not already convinced, there are brownies and gingerbread and Narnia references THIS BOOK HAS IT ALL, PEOPLE Re Read June 2017 This is a story that will never ever get old It s a slice of childhood the book equivalent of comfort food.I will never stop loving The Penderwicks 3

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