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The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks (2005)

by Jeanne Birdsall

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This was just adorable.

I am doing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and middle grades was one of the categories. I was not thrilled: I don't usually like YA, and it has been years since I had a middle grades reader in the house so I could not even recall if I liked this genre or not. Turns out, I do! Plucky and smart sisters, their large and sloppy dog, and their professor dad take on the world. I may even read another in this series. Thanks Book Riot, this was the perfect antidote to my enjoyable but intense month with Franzen, Groff, and Strout. ( )
  Narshkite | Mar 20, 2016 |
The Penderwick girls (Rosalind, Skye, Jane and Batty), their Dad and pet dog Hound spend summer vacation in a cottage on the grounds of a mansion. There is much frolic, amusement, scrapes and near-misses but best of all is Jeffrey Tilton, an 11-year-old boy who lives in the mansion with his uptight mother. The girls befriend him immediately and include him in their adventures. Playing with girls is his only joy right now as he fears being sent to a military academy by his mother and her boyfriend Dexter. Jeffrey would rather study music. The girls do their best to keep his mind off things but it all comes to a head when Skye yells at Mrs. Tilton for insulting the late Mrs. Penderwick. A modern classic and reading romp; in a way it's a contemporary "Little Women." Good as a read-aloud.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Audio book narrated by Susan Denaker

The four Penderwick sisters and their father always have taken a beach cottage on Cape Cod. At least until this summer, when their summer retreat has been sold, and at the last minute they have been scrambling to find an alternate. That’s how they come to rent the guest cottage at Arundel, a magnificent estate in the Berkshires. There is a lot of land to explore and they make several new friends, and at least one enemy.

This is a lovely children’s book about family and friends. The situations the girls get into are realistic and fun. Her plot contains elements of suspense, sorrow, joy and humor. Birdsall herself said “By the time I was ten or eleven, I’d run out of books to read. Each week I’d go to the library hoping that one of my favorite authors had written something new … I promised myself that I’d become a writer someday, to give readers like me a few more books to discover and enjoy.” This book was her first effort, and it’s a delight. I wish it had been around when I was a girl.

Susan Denaker does a good job reading the audio version.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
What a delightful book for young readers! The Penderwick family -- father, four daughters, and dog -- are renting a cottage on Cape Cod for summer vacation. They enjoy fun adventures, make friends with the boy who lives in the main house, and occasionally take part in mischief. It has the feel of a simpler time and place although the setting is more current. It would make a great summer read for elementary readers who read at a third grade level or above. ( )
  thornton37814 | Dec 16, 2015 |
Models good sibling relationships. Excellent and interesting characters.
  Robinjhud | Jul 24, 2015 |
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For a long time after that summer, the four Penderwick sisters still talked of Arundel.
The Hound Draw for Order was a time-honored ritual with the sisters. Names were written on small pieces of paper, then dropped on the ground along with bits of broken dog biscuit. As Hound snuffled among the biscuit pieces, he couldn't help but knock into the papers. The person whose paper the big nose hit first was given first choice.
“The cuter the boy, the mushier your brain.”
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The Penderwicks are four sisters, as different as chalk from cheese, yet as close as can be. The eldest, Rosalind, is responsible and practical; Skye, stubborn and feisty; dreamy, artistic, budding novelist, Jane; and shy little Batty, who doesn't go anywhere without her butterfly wings. And not forgetting Hound, their large lumbering lovable dog. The four girls and their absent-minded father head off for their summer holidays, but instead of the cosy tumbledown cottage they expect, they find themselves on a huge estate called Arundel, with magnificent gardens ripe for exploring. It isn't long before they become embroiled in all sorts of scrapes with new-found friend, Jeffrey - but his mother, the icy-hearted Mrs Tifton, must be avoided at all costs. Chaotic adventures ensue, and it soon becomes a summer the sisters will never forget...
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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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While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four young sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

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