Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

The Penderwicks
by Jeanne Birdsall
From the publisher:
"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 willwon'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."

This was my kind of children's book. No fantasy, no death-defying action, just a sweet story of goodness. It was set in modern times, but it had a really old-fashioned feel about it. Kind of like an easier to read Little Women. This is a family who loves each other and stands up for each other. It is very uplifting and fun. The rest of the series is just as good. 

No bad language, no sexual situations, no violence. 

Suggested ages:
Publishers Weekly - Ages 8-12
School Library Journal - Grades 4-6
*Mrs. Duke says - Don't stop at grade 6 or age 12 - this is a beautiful book for everyone.*

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