For use in schools and libraries only. The four sisters of this nostalgic novel delight in a summer of adventure and discovery at a beautiful Massachusetts estate named Arundel. Jeffrey, the son of Arundel's owner, becomes the perfect companion to their exploits.For use in schools and libraries only. The four sisters of this nostalgic novel delight in a summer of adventure and discovery at a beautiful Massachusetts estate named Arundel. Jeffrey, the son of Arundel's owner, becomes the perfect companion to their exploits.Read Less
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This first in series book is an introduction to a wonderful group of people that anyone would want to know. After reading it myself, bought it for niece's visit. It is not fantasy but has an element of adventure. The writing is intelligent and challenging (there are Latin phrases) but the story races right along. The title says it all.
May 4, 2007
On The Fence
It was difficult to decide if I liked this book or not. I really wanted to like it. Overall, the plot was rather like the family stories of days-gone-by. Think modern Bobsey Twins or Happy Hollisters. I won't fault it for that. It chronicles the bucolic events of four sisters on summer vacation. The characters were more fleshed out than older books of this kind, but they were hardly more believable. Some of the quirks and characteristics of the girls seemed rather forced. I appreciate that the siblings (mostly) get along, though the sister with the most personality was a bit too unlikable and showed little growth in the course of the story. The villain was a parent who had no redeeming qualities. That might work for Roald Dahl, but not in this innocent tale. The book ended abruptly and seemed incomplete without a sequel. I applaud the author's goal of wholesome family reading. I hope that as she continues to write, her writing style will improve. I would recommend this book because there is often little available that is wholesome and free of R-rated language, but it won't be first on our summer reading list.
May 2, 2007
Summer Vacation Fun
This is a fun story full of humorous mishaps and backyard adventures that all take place on the Penderwick family?s summer vacation. It is also a story about friendship and family. The characters are absolutely wonderful: from smart and feisty Skye, to the teenage Civil War buff, to the father who speaks to his children in Latin! Each character, even the more minor ones, has their own distinct personality that makes them memorable. To my mind, this is children?s literature at its best!
Publishers Weekly, 2005-07-25 This timeless tale from a first-time author introduces the thoroughly likable Penderwicks, on vacation in a rental cottage on Arundel, a sprawling Massachusetts estate. Their spirited family dynamics and repartee call to mind those in Hilary McKay's novels, and the sisters' delightfully diverse personalities propel the plot. For instance, when they pull up to the estate's mansion, 10-year-old Jane feels certain she has spied a "lonely boy" in a window and promptly begins a novel about him once they reach their cottage. Skye, 11, elated to have her own room with two beds (she plans to use both), immediately "wrote the bed schedule next to her favorite word problem about trains traveling in different directions." Batty, a shy four-year-old, faithfully wears her butterfly wings and is devoted to her dog, Hound (who "insisted on licking faces in the middle of the night"). The girls' loving, amusingly distracted father is a botany professor with a fondness for spouting Latin phrases. Rosalind, the oldest at 12, has looked after the others since their mother's death (shortly after Batty's birth), and when she meets gentle Cagney, the estate's teenage gardener, he captures her heart. The "lonely boy" turns out to be sensitive, sincere Jeffrey, a talented musician. Tension arises when Jeffrey's pretentious mother and her fianc? decide to send the boy to military school. Certain to be as sorry as the sisters are when it's time to leave Arundel, readers will hope for a return visit from this memorable cast. Ages 8-12. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-04-09 In our Best Books citation, PW said, "This timeless tale [and National Book Award winner] from a first-time author introduces the incomparable Penderwicks, on vacation in a rental cottage on a sprawling estate where lonely young Jeffrey lives. The sisters' delightfully diverse personalities propel the plot." Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-02-27 Ah, summertime and the living is easy-even if it's off to a rough start-in this sprightly audio edition of Birdsall's debut novel, which won the National Book Award. The Penderwick family, consisting of four daughters, their widower dad and family pet Hound, are at a loss when the cottage they routinely rent on Cape Cod each summer is sold. They luck into a new situation, however, staying at a cottage on the grounds of a mansion in the Berkshires, and their adventurous holiday provides the plot here. Mrs. Tifton, owner of the manse is rather chilly to the Penderwick clan, but her son Jeffrey proves to be an ideal playmate. Listeners fond of gentle stories of closely-knit families and innocent fun will flock to this recording. Denaker is perfect in the role of kindly narrator, though she's less so in the sometimes grating voices of little sister Batty and Latin-spouting Mr. Penderwick. Nonetheless, her performance captures the appealing, timeless nature of the tale. Ages 8-12. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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