Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

A National Book Award Winner, The Penderwicks was also chosen for the Texas Bluebonnet award for 2006-2007.

A sweet story about 'four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy.' The Penderwick sisters (along with their father and ever-faithful dog Hound) find themselves staying for the summer holiday in a guest house on the grounds of a posh mansion occupied by a very snooty woman named Mrs. Tifton and her not-so-snooty son Jeffery.

Once the girls and Jeffery become friends, then the summer hijinks begin! From an encounter with a bull to escaped rabbits...the five become fast friends.

Like I said, it's a sweet story, kinda fluffy, adventurous without being scary, and not too hefty on the issues it deals with...I'd recommend for grades 3-5. It reminds me of the Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner somewhat...the Penderwicks might make a nice series.