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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very… (2005)

by Jeanne Birdsall, David Frankland (Illustrator)

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The four Penderwick girls - Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty - spend their summer at a cottage in The Berkshires with their father and trusty dog Hound. They get into gentle scrapes while trying to avoid the mean woman next door, playing with her son, and swooning over the teenage groundskeeper (ok that last one is just Rosalind)

Ugh you 75ers really got me with this one. It was so great!! I could tell that the author took just the best parts of all the children's (especially girls') adventure stories I loved as a kid and made something completely new but deliciously familiar. It feels timeless, with only a mention or two of computers to set it in the late 90s or early 00s. Kids running around and having fun has no time!
All the girls are perfect. Their father is perfect (all adults in children's adventure stories are either bumbling idiots or perfect). There are tons of animals. The baby (Batty) is delightful. I loved every second of it. ( )
  norabelle414 | Jul 1, 2018 |
The four Penderwick sisters, their father, and their dog rent a cottage for summer vacation that turns out to be on the same property as an enormous mansion with vast gardens, all owned by the stern Mrs. Tifton whose son, Jeffrey, befriends the girls. It leads to all kinds of adventures, which is fun, but the whole time I could not shake the feeling that it was basically Little Women except five years younger and set 150 years in the future. This is not a complaint, especially as this book is far funnier and much less preachy than Alcott's classic. I'm glad to see there are other books in this series; I'd love to revisit these characters later in their lives. ( )
  melydia | Jun 8, 2018 |
Though published in 2005 and set in the present, "The Penderwicks" feels like a much older book, and in the best possible way. It reminded me a bit of E. Nesbit and Edward Eager.
The four Penderwick sisters and their widower father go to spend four weeks in a cottage for summer vacation. They are surprised when they arrive to find the cottage on the property of an enormous mansion. Roslind, the eldest (12) falls head over heels for the estate's gardener, a friendly, easy-going teenage boy. After a rough meeting, Skye and Jane develop a close friendship with Jeffrey, the fun and interesting son of the estate's owner. His mother is a rather horrid woman though, who grows to despise the Penderwick girls more every time she encounters them. The youngest child, Batty, and the family dog, Hound, interact with everyone in their own ways.
Fun lighthearted summer adventures, with a fun family. ( )
  fingerpost | Jun 3, 2018 |
It was a fun read. ( )
  janmilusich | Apr 21, 2018 |
Words cannot describe quite how whimsical and simplistic the Penderwicks' story is. It felt like I was reading the memory of summer and of being young. Kids will enjoy reading this across different age groups as all ages get a say in this story. Even the dog. Great moral lessons, role model characters, character growth, empathy, understanding and a healthy explanation and exploration of first love and first feelings all wrapped into one book. I bought the next one before I even finished.
  Jadelinyang | Apr 12, 2018 |
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For a long time after that summer, the four Penderwick sisters still talked of Arundel.
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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.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440420474, Paperback)

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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