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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very… (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Jeanne Birdsall (Author)

Series: Penderwicks (1)

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While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.
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Title:The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
Authors:Jeanne Birdsall (Author)
Info:Yearling (2007), Edition: Reissue, 288 pages
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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall (2005)

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Enjoyed this light-hearted and nicely paced middle-grades book. The author clearly shares my admiration for the great "siblings on adventures" books of the past, like Half Magic or Swallows and Amazons. She manages to recreate their feel in a realistic fiction environment (no enchantments, sorry folks!). The plot does not drag even though the level of peril never exceeds Blueberries for Sal. The four sisters have unique and clearly drawn personalities.
Two potential caveats: as usual, the siblings going on mild and cheerful adventures are socioeconomically privileged; the 12-year-old's friendship with a young adult man may raise an eyebrow. ( )
  KSchellVT | Sep 14, 2021 |
Along with their father, the four Penderwick sisters, Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty plus their dog, Hound, spend three weeks in a rented cottage on the grounds of a large estate where they make new friends and have various adventures.

Many voices around LT have warbled about this charming children's novel and I'll be adding mine to the chorus. It is a delightfully charming novel that so well captures the feeling of summer vacations as a child with a narrative that's pretty timeless and could take place any time in the last 30 years (Mr. Penderwick does bring a computer with him, which gives the book some sense of occurring recently). If you're looking for a lovely, sweet summer read, look no further. ( )
  MickyFine | Aug 23, 2021 |
audiobook - children's fiction (3rd-6th grade; themes dealing with grief/dead mother, secret adventures, when to speak up/talk to a parent)

This series always makes me cry... I think I prefer the print version over audio, though. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother. ( )
  brennarich | Nov 15, 2020 |
Oh my...this book takes me back to the ripe old age of 8 when I was given my first All of A Kind Family book by Sydney Taylor, which I absolutely treasured. The Penderwicks, although completely 21st century, remind me so much of Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie, the close-knit sisters who lived in the early 1900's Jewish lower side of New York. They had the same feelings, desires and interactions as their counterparts did, 100 years later! Although she died in 1978, I'm sure Taylor would have appreciated the way Birdsall captured the hearts and minds of strong, intelligent girls. Birdsall is an excellent writer, and not a word is wasted in carrying forward the story, told in short connected vignettes, similar to the way Taylor did. ( )
  Mona07452 | Oct 23, 2020 |
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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.
“The cuter the boy, the mushier your brain.”
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While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

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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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