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The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks (2005)

by Jeanne Birdsall

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Love, love, love this book. Read it out loud to my kids -- ages 7 and 8. It's a book about ordinary kids. Models good sibling relationships. Excellent and interesting characters. Funny and fun. ( )
  amydelpo | Dec 9, 2014 |
  mshampson | Nov 30, 2014 |
Gr 4-7, Here’s a story sure to conjure up those sweet, sunkissed, warm days of childhood summer and antics. I don’t know how Birdsall is able to package those feelings up so well - but she does with major success! The four Penderwick sisters are all distinctly their own individuals but bonded by sisterhood and the Penderwick Family Honor. There is responsible Rosalind, feisty Skye, day dreaming Jane, and shy animal loving Batty. The four sisters, their doting botanist father, and the family dog pack into their station wagon and head to a summer cabin on the Arundel estate for summer vacation. When they reach their estate, the Penderwick sisters just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. It all started when they got on the bad side of high-strung Mrs. Tifton, the owner of the estate. When Jane notices a boy peeking out the window of the mansion, the girls make it their mission to rescue him. They soon discover he is Mrs. Tifton’s son Jeffery. Jeffery and the Penderwick sisters become the best of friends all the while getting in and out of trouble. This is a fun romp of a book! ( )
  foresterk | Nov 19, 2014 |
A lovely romp, good summer fun with quirky characters ( )
  JazMinderr | Jul 31, 2014 |
Author, Jeanne Birdsall has written a book that brought back memories of all the books I read as a child, and she reminded me of why I love to read today. During the days I read about the Penderwicks I was lost to the world: their adventure became more real and I ended up a stowaway on their summer vacation. This world is inhabited by Mr. Penderwick, his four motherless daughters; each so perfectly different, their heroic dog Hound, a lonely rich boy named Jeffery and his snooty up-tight mother and many more interesting characters. All the details about Arundel—a mansion with its manicured gardens, and the sweet cottage where the family stays for their 3 week vacation, adds to the magic of it all. Yes it’s a children’s book, but if you loved Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Pollyanna, and other classics then indulge your inner child and spend sometime with The Penderwicks. I’m giving it 5 stars for the memories. ( )
  PamelaBarrett | Mar 4, 2014 |
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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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