The Penderwicks

  • Title: The Penderwicks
  • Author: Jeanne Birdsall Susan Denaker
  • ISBN: 9780307284518
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Audio CD
  • The Penderwicks With over one million copies sold this series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect for fans
    With over one million copies sold, this series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel Soon they aWith over one million copies sold, this series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager 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 will won 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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    About Jeanne Birdsall Susan Denaker


    1. Jeanne Birdsall grew up in the suburbs west of Philadelphia, where she attended wonderful public schools Jeanne had lots of great teachers, but her favorites were Mrs Corkhill, sixth grade, who encouraged her intellectual curiosity Mr Tremonte, eighth grade algebra, who taught Jeanne to love and respect math and Miss Basehore, second and fourth year Latin, to whom Jeanne and Mr Penderwick will be forever grateful.Although she first decided to become a writer when she was ten years old, it took Jeanne until she was forty one to get started In the years in between, Jeanne had many strange jobs to support herself, and also worked hard as a photographer, the kind that makes art Some of Jeanne s photographs are included in the permanent collections of museums, including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Art Museum Her work can be seen in several galleries, including the R Michelson Galleries in western Massachusetts Jeanne s home now is with her husband in Northampton, Massachusetts Their house is old and comfortable, full of unruly animals, and surrounded by gardens.


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    1. I’ll admit I approach award-winning children’s books with some trepidation. All too often, children’s literature awards denote books that appeal to adult librarians and book critics rather than to children. The books are like brussel sprouts on the literary table. We are told to read them because they are supposedly good for us, not because we will enjoy them.I was happy to find that National Book Award winner The Penderwicks was an exception. Four sisters and their father take a three-wee [...]

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    2. I'm upping to 5 stars on reread. This is a timeless, heartwarming middle grade story of the Penderwick family and their three week vacation one August in a rental cottage in the Berkshire mountains, in western Massachusetts. It may not sound too exciting, but with the Penderwicks, everything is an adventure! The family consists of: ❧ Mr. Penderwick, a widower who loves plants and randomly speaks in Latin to his daughters; ❧ Rosalind, age 12, who's taken on the caregiver role for her younger [...]

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    3. Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read!!! My heart is so full, having just finished the book--it really touched me deeply and I absolutely love it! After just a few pages, I knew I the Penderwicks were destined to become my dear book-friends (like the March sisters and Anne and Emily of old!) and indeed the whole story was absolutely darling, charming, sweet, refreshing--everything I'd hoped for and more (because it is also remarkably sensitive, thoughtful and--I hate to say it, rare- [...]

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    4. A lovely set-up for a book, but the characters never felt real. Somehow all the ages felt off--Batty talked like someone much older than 4, I had to keep reminding myeslf that Rosalind was only 12, and Mrs. Tifton seemed like she was in her 50s, not early 30s. I just never fell in love with the characters. It was trying too hard to be sweet and charming. I did like Hound though.

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    5. The tale of the Penderwicks is the epitome of a middle grade masterpiece. Adults that just don't get it, a summer vacation in a strange new land, hopeless love, heartbreak, best-friends-at-first-sight friendships, a family so close you wish you were a part of it. Jeanne Birdsall takes everything you loved about your childhood and whittles it down to a couple hundred pages.The Penderwick children have enough personality to fill a series and I look forward to continuing the series and seeing where [...]

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    6. What a wonderful treasure!I really couldn't tell you exactly what it was about this book that made me want to come back to it at every spare moment. It's not like there is some huge climax, or that I'm waiting to see if my favorite character makes it to the end of an adventure alive - it's not that sort of book. And yet, it is. The Penderwicks are an absolutely wonderful, lovable and endearing family made up of four sisters (from ages 4 to 12 1/2), their loving father, and their happy and protec [...]

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    7. Oh my stars! This book was the sweetest, most touching thing I've ever read. <3 It completely captured the essence of childhood. Honestly, the book was such a sensitive and touching portrayal of childhood. It made me tear up more than once as I really saw the characters in such a raw, honest way. They felt so real and relatable.The writing itself made me feel all cozy and comfortable. It was blissfully nostalgic, heralding back to the classic children's stories of the past. And it held a cert [...]

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    8. Bullet Review:This was a lot of fun, very reminiscent of quirky, family adventure books I read as a child. I would heartily recommend to this age group or anyone who is a child at heart who loves fun.That said, there were a few eye-twitching parts/moments that keep this from a higher rating.Although I rated it 3 stars, this is not me hating on the book! It is me saying it was "Okay". A book I would definitely recommend, but not want to pursue further books in the series.Full review:The Penderwic [...]

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    9. The Penderwicks will go down in my memory as some of the great sister characters of all time-- right up there with the Marches and Hilary McKay's Cassons (sorry, Indigo- boys are great, too).The plot is simple, the Penderwick sisters, their dog, Hound, and their widower father, rent a cottage for a three week summer vacation. The cottage is part of a large estate owned by the snippy, snooty, superior, Mrs. Tifton, and her son, Jeffrey.The girls have many adventures, some planned, many accidental [...]

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    10. *Hugs book to chest* This was so cute and I enjoyed it immensely! I've been struggling to catch up on my 50-book challenge for the year so I've been trying to read some short middle grade books to meet my goal. I remember my teenage sisters liking this book a lot when they were younger, and my 10-year-old sister recently became enamored with them, so I decided to give the first book a try. And I'm so glad I did!The Penderwicks has a very nostalgic quality to it––both the book cover and the c [...]

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    11. As I was reading, I had to keep reminding myself that the story is contemporary, that it doesn't take place in the 1950s or the 1820s. That's because the characters don't watch television, they're polite to adults, they care about their education, and they use their imaginations to fuel their leisure activities. They're awesome.Four sisters--Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty--are vacationing in the country with their father. They've taken over a cottage on a large estate, and they meet Jeffrey, th [...]

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    12. Charming, charming, charming. This book, which in many ways could have taken place alongside Little Women, suited me perfectly! A summer vacation in a New England cottage, a hound named Hound, a tight-knit group of sisters who look out for each other, a kind and warm housekeeper! And it's nostalgic, to be sure, but not old-fashioned. In fact, it almost seems to take place in no time, in no place. There are computers and telephones, but they only exist quietly in the background; New York and Bost [...]

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    13. Ahis was okay. The writing was fine, and the characters had promise. Unfortunately, a quarter way through the book everyone and everything became way too predictable and contrived.At times the characters felt believable and at others not so believable. To me the best characters are the ones who seem to act on their own accord, write themselves, and manipulate the author. And there were times when the Penderwick sisters felt like those kind of characters. But thenThen there were other times (too [...]

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    14. This book came highly recommended by several friends of mine, and it did not disappoint!I'm not even sure how to review it. Think back to your fondest childhood summer, sprinkle it with imagination and adventure, and mix it with a dash of humor and buckets of warm fuzzies. That's pretty much The Penderwicks. Like Peter Pan did, it transported me back to childhood in a way that made me smile and want to live at Arundel with these kids just a little longer.Rosalind, the oldest sister, is sensible [...]

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    15. What a fun and charming book! This book has been on my TBR list for a while, and I have to admit that at first, it was the cover that drew me in, and then I definitely wanted to read it after finding out it was a children's book about a family of four sisters. The Penderwicks is the perfect read for a sunny summer day. Once I began reading this, I was instantly drawn into the family's adventures, and to be honest, I was reminded of Little Women in that each of the sisters had her own distinct pe [...]

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    16. I read this out loud to my 4, 8, and 10 year kiddos. After reading all the glowing reviews, I was ready to dive in, head first, and read the entires series to my kids. I envisioned my kids seeing me as the coolest mom, ever, for sharing such an awesome book with them. I can testify, that it really is a fun book that caused us to giggle throughout the pages and we all earnestly looked forward to our lunch time reading sessions. It did hold a nostalgia that creates a longing to be transported into [...]

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    17. Anyone and EVERYONE should read this book.

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    18. I so completely love this book. If Anne of Green Gables and Little Women met, had a baby, and sent it to live in modern times the result would be this book. I adore every single thing about this book. Have you ever watched a show like Full House where you might snicker a little over how corny it is, but secretly you wish that could be your life? Maybe it's just me, but when I watched that show I wished I could live there with a dad who always knew the exact right thing to say to make me feel bet [...]

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    19. I read the fourth book first and of course had to immediately run out and get the others. I hadn't realized what a chronological gap there is between this book and The Penderwicks in Spring, where Batty (here only four or five, I can't remember which) is almost eleven, and it was an interesting change to see the older sisters as young as Batty is there.The Penderwicks exist in a sort of alternate universe in which things aren't perfectly perfect--poor Jeffrey has a horrible mother and doesn't ev [...]

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    20. The Penderwick Family is on summer vacation to somewhere they've never been before. It turns out to be a wonderful place, and although mishaps do happen the Penderwick sisters will never forget this almost magical trip.This is the most sweetest book I've ever read! How do I put the loveliness of this book into words to convince you to read it if you haven't yet? Should I say that it tugs at the heartstrings? Should I tell you that each of the four sisters are written very well with distinct pers [...]

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    21. I enjoyed this story completely and found it charming. I think it will appeal to youngsters around the 8-10 range. But there are many good reviews of this book, so I'm going to express my displeasure regarding the marketing, the description."A National Book Award winner, this modern classic is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager."I once was a young reader (yes, I know, shocking!) who would search and search for good fantasy stories. When I was past that awkward first-chapter bo [...]

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    22. Birdsall's first book, The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, had a timeless and innocent charm. Reminiscent of many childrens' books from the first half of the twentieth century, it could have been set at any point in the past century. Although the summer adventures of the four sister and their friend and dog had serious elements (eg Jeffrey's miserable home life) and were sometimes dangerous (eg the bull) they were truly child-like and carefree [...]

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    23. I read this to my daughter (age 7) last summer. It's a great summer book (since the characters are on their summer vacation), but not fluffy in the least. Though it's a modern novel, there's an innocence and timelessness to the sisters and their situation. There's no encroachment of pop culture references or lingo, and their actions and emotions are age-appropriate. Now, unfortunately that's a bit of a rarity on the Borders "young reader" bookshelves, which are crammed with books about girls in [...]

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    24. I read this recently with a group of almost 4th grade girls. It was interesting to see their reactions. Though they either liked it or seemed neutral about the story, they had really paid attention to the story and the characters and we have a lovely discussion. Most admitted to wanting more adventure or action, but still seemed to get something from the book.For me, I felt like I was reading a classic tale - along the lines of Little Women, or Anne of Green Gables - so when something like a com [...]

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    25. Terlepas dari persepsiku atas buku ini yang salah kaprah, aku berharap penilaianku tidak berlebihan. Aku mengira ini bergenre fantasi. Serius; menganggap ceritanya tipikal Spiderwick Chronicles atau sejenisnya. Memang ada bagian fantasi (lebih pada buku yang ditulis Jane Penderwick), tapi buku ini adalah novel. Dan menjurus untuk anak-anak. (Anak-anak lagi, Raaf? Yang benar saja!)Aku memberikan nilai sempurna. Aku samgat berharap akan membaca kisah Keluarga Penderwick lagi. Atau mungkin mendonge [...]

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    26. Rating: two very bored stars of fiveOld-fashioned children's title, but so boring it put me to sleep every ~10pp. I read "The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew" last year, for the first time, and didn't feel this deadening miasma of ennuid it's hard to get more old-fashioned than that! Elizabeth Enright's "The Four-Storey Mistake" is old-fashioned, and likewise passes the well-aged test. To be fair, the latter was a re-read, so there were existing happy associations.I returned "The Penderwic [...]

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    27. An excellent summer book! It was such fun reading about the Penderwicks and their summer adventures. Each of the sisters was well developed, and I came to really care about them before the end of the book. I really enjoyed the writing style as well.

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    28. This book was a lot of fun. I read it outloud with Liz and Eleanor - and it was perfect for that. It seemed like like it should be read during the spring or summer it fit, you know?When I pictured Batty, I pictured a 4 year old version of Eleanor, my daughter. I love the wings.

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    29. If you ever have someone looking for a clean read for ages 9 -13, this book would be a good choice. It’s similar in ways to Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and the Narnia books. The Penderwicks are a family of 4 sisters, Mr. Penderwick (their father), and Hound (breed never identified) the family dog. They take their summer holidays in a new location and the girls get into all sorts of mischief with their landlady’s son Jeffrey. Rosalind is the eldest and the most responsible, Skye [...]

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    30. A perfect book for summer--charming, fun, and light, but with lots of heart! A highly pleasant tale of, as the title suggests, four sisters' vacation and ensuing adventures at a beautifully described cottage. Also, I listened to the audio version, read by Susan Denaker, and she did a wonderful job of giving each character a different voice, which no doubt added to the fun!

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