Author(s): Jeanne BirdsallDownload
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.
Some Reviews: 4750 in Goodreads.com
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 more (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!!!
There is no book more 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 more summery than rereading a book with the subtitle “A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy” ?
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.
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 more 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 shade…all 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
What a wonderful treasure!
I really couldn’t tell you exactly what it was about this book that made me want to come back to it at every spare moment. It’s not like there is some huge climax, or that I’m waiting to see if my favorite character makes it to the end of an adventure alive – it’s not that sort of book. And yet, it is. The Penderwicks are an absolutely wonderful, lovable and endearing family made up of four sisters (from ages 4 to 12 1/2), their loving father, and their happy and protective dog, Hound.
The book tells the story of the four girls’ summer vacation at a cottage on a huge estate. And while most of the book consists of tiny stories and daily events, we see as the book progresses that author Jeanne Birdsall has managed to create adventures and climaxes fitting for the Penderwicks, that build and span the entire book – each character achieving their own arc.
So, while perhaps the Penderwicks aren’t out to save the world, they have adventures of their own that need to be tackled – anywhere from helping their new friend stand up to his self-centered mother, to rescuing a runaway rabbit. And all the while, Birdsall has filled these characters with wonderful heart and individuality, so that by the third chapter you won’t be getting the sisters confused with each other, and you will be anxious to hear more about each of them.
The story seems truly timeless – it’s a modern story, but you’d really never know it aside from the mention of a car and a few mentions of a computer. It could be as relevant today as if it were written one hundred yeas ago, or one hundred years from now. I hope you’ll read it! It’s truly excellent!
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