The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Five stars

The Penderwick sisters busily discover the summertime magic of Arundel estate’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. Best of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, the perfect companion for their adventures. Icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is less pleased with the Penderwicks than Jeffrey, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Is that any fun? For sure the summer will be unforgettable.

I read this as part of a group read on Goodreads and thought I may or may not enjoy it, it was up in the air. But what I didn’t expect to actually really enjoy it! I found the style to be similar to Anne of Green Gables or other such classics. It was so sweet, endearing, and a wonderful tale of a small family on vacation.

I loved each and every Penderwick child very much. And Jeffrey was the sweetest! I highly recommend this read especially for younger readers but for older ones as well.

People sometimes make unexpected choices when they’re lonely.

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

Your turn!

Do you participate in group reads? Do you enjoy middle grade? What stands out to you in a book?

Blessings, Allyson


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