Here’s One I Can’t Wait to Read

December 12, 2005 @ 2:19 pm | Filed under:

 PenderwicksThe Penderwicks : A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall.

“Meet the Penderwicks, four different sisters with one special bond. There’s responsible, practical Rosalind; stubborn, feisty Skye; dreamy, artistic Jane; and shy little sister Batty, who won’t go anywhere without her butterfly wings.

“When the girls and their doting father head off for their summer holiday, they’re in for a surprise. Instead of the tumbledown cottage they expected, they find themselves on a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon the girls 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.”

Here’s what has me excited: I keep coming across reviews that compare Jeanne Birdsall’s work to some of our tippy-top favorite authors. Like this, from Booklist:

“Birdsall follows in the footsteps of Elizabeth Enright, Edward Eager, and Noel Streatfeild, updating the family story yet keeping all of the old-fashioned charm.”

And from Kirkus:

“Not since the Marches have readers met more engaging girls than the Penderwicks.”

The Marches?! Hello! We are so there. Review to come, after I get my hands on a copy. I’m chomping at the bit…

Other fiction featuring families of whom we are fiercely fond:

The Railway Children, Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, and a bunch of others by Edith Nesbit.

All the Swallows and Amazons books by Arthur Ransome.

The All-of-a-kind Family series by Sydney Taylor.

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson.

Noel Streatfeild’s Shoes books, especially Ballet Shoes and Dancing Shoes. (Gotta love Wintle’s Little Wonders!)

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott.

Half Magic by Edward Eager.

The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright.

Ginger Pye and Pinky Pye by Eleanor Estes.

And of course we mustn’t forget The Chronicles of Narnia by our beloved C. S. Lewis. The Pevensie clan is one of the best families ever.

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  1. Cay Gibson says:

    Oh, Lissa! I spotted this book yesterday at Bks-A-Million and was VERY tempted. It was an exciting “find” and I put it back on the shelf with regrets. I had a handful of Christmas gifts on hand that had to take precedence over personal wants.

    Right now we’re reading “The Golden Goose” by Dick King-Smith (courtesy of the local library). Once finished, I intend to get “The Penderwicks”.

    In the meantime, I’ll wait for your review. : )

  2. Jamie says:

    We just picked up The Penderwicks at the library — one of those random grabs. My oldest is reluctant to read about families of girls, though. (We are a family of four boys.)

  3. Kelly says:

    Oh, I LOVE “Swallows and Amazons” as well (and most of the others on your list).

  4. Cate says:

    Way to go on getting Streatfeild’s name right! No one ever does. I love all her books, even the lesser known ones like Thursday’s Child (full of woe) and Gemma. She rocked.

  5. Cay says:

    I was headed to a meeting last night and was passing in front of my library and…

    Two chapters into the book, I am. So far, so good!