Saturday, May 15, 2010

Review: The Penderwicks

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

What a joy! Reminded me of books from my youth. Four sisters and their father are having a summer vacation in a rental cottage, and the girls befriend the sad little boy who lives in the manor next door, despite his disapproving mother. The girls all have very distinctive personalities and quirks, they have fun adventures and get into scrapes. Even though at one point a computer is mentioned so it's obviously set now, the Penderwicks seem to have a timeless summer vacation. I particularly loved how it reminded me of a time when 3 weeks' of summer vacation seemed like an eternity and hundreds of life changing events could happen in such a short period of time. Charming and adorable, this book will stand the test of time. I'd love to read the sequel.

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted on weekends by Booking Mama.


Kathy said...

This is a book that caught my eye due to its cover, drew me in with the blurb on the dust jacket, and did not disapoint when I read it. You hit the nail on the head when you called it "charming and adorable." And I totally agree about its (near) timelessness!

Lesa said...

I saw this at the school book fair and liked the premise immediately. I forgot to pick it up for purchase after my intial walk through. Thanks for reminding me of this one-- hope the library has is so I can read it this summer.

Shelley said...

I love this book! I wish there were more newer books like it. I read it to two of my daughters a couple of years ago and they loved it to. We haven't read the sequel yet.

Julie P. said...

We read this one for our Mother-Daughter book club a few months back. It was such a sweet book. We have the sequel, but I haven't read it yet.

Kristen said...

Wasn't this just delightful? I got the sequel when I was at Malaprops. Need to pull it out and read it, especially now that I'm immersed in middle school book fair chaos and can't concentrate on my current book.