The Penderwicks

The Penderwicks

A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and A Very Interesting Boy

Book - 2007
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Edwamau May 15, 2020

The Penderwicks is a story about 4 sisters and their summer adventures. They are a fun and happy group that makes Jeffrey, the boy next door, what to come and join them in climbing trees and playing in the great outdoors. Something his mother does not approve of. The story is recommended for grades 3-8 but I feel that they are adults that would also enjoy this book.

OPL_KIDS Apr 29, 2020

The first in a series of four tales, The Penderwicks is a delightful story that follows four sisters, an interesting boy, two rabbits, and a trusty old dog during their summer vacation. The girls and their widowed father rent a cozy cottage located on the beautiful Arundel estate owned by Mrs. Tifton. The girls befriend Jeffrey, the son of Mrs. Tifton, and what follows is a story filled with mild hijinks, friendship, sisterhood, and exploration. The story is filled with old-fashioned charm and is infused with believable and endearing characters. This sweet tale is a perfect story for those searching out a modern book that reads like a classic.

Reviewed by Miss Rachel

Oct 20, 2019

this book was amazing and I got so attached to it, that I am going to read the whole siries

Jan 06, 2019

Wonderful book to read for all ages!:)

Aug 07, 2018

Reminiscent of Little Women, but with the misadventures of Anne of Green Gables, the Penderwicks are a loveable set of sisters. The story has an old fashioned feel set in more modern times.

Jul 08, 2018

I read this with my son (12 years old) and our neighbor (11 year old girl) as part of our summer book club. We really loved it! My son is a lot like Jeffrey (an only child who loves music) and our neighbor is the oldest of 4 children, like the Penderwicks! Each chapter left us wanting to read more. At the end, they were very eager to give it 5 stars and shouted, "It was the best book ever!"
Summer Readers in Enumclaw

Jun 10, 2018

This is a amazing start to the series.I've read this one so many times

Feb 24, 2018

Such a great comfortable book, the perfect kind to read in the dreary winter to cheer up your day! I’ve already read this book at least four times, and I’m still looking forward to reading it again. The perfect family, the perfect book, the perfect story.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 12, 2018

The series is a fantastic series for any lover of realistic fiction and some mild hi-jinks and adventure. You will fall in love with the four Penderwick sisters.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 12, 2018

The series is a fantastic series for any lover of realistic fiction and some mild hi-jinks and adventure. You will fall in love with the four Penderwick sisters.

Jan 24, 2018

this such a good book just like all the others in the series

dcl_jessica Oct 14, 2017

When the four Penderwick sisters find themselves on the beautiful Arundel estate for their summer vacation, they are excited to explore the sprawling grounds. Jeffrey, the owner's son, is the perfect partner for their adventures. However, Jeffrey's mother is not very fond of the girls, and lots of trouble ensues. Growing up, some of Birdsall's favorite books were Little Women and The Secret Garden, and she wrote the award winning Penderwicks in the same spirit.

CRRL_MegRaymond Aug 01, 2017

Four sisters on vacation with their absent-minded, widowed father, experience friendship, and maybe even a taste of First Love.

Jul 28, 2017

grade 2 read aloud (save for travelling)

LPL_LaurenT Jun 23, 2017

Utterly charming. If you’re looking for a book that captures the adventures of Pippi Longstocking and the delightfulness of Anne of Green Gables, look no farther! The Penderwicks is an enjoyable caper from start to finish. Each of the four sisters has distinct personalities. You’ll want to hang out with Jane, Batty Rosalind and Skye; they feel so real! Plus their bravery and gumption will have you cheering from your couch (or favorite reading spot). Highly recommended for a family read aloud or any kid in search of a perfect summer read!

May 24, 2017

OK, some of you are probably looking through the reviews right now, not knowing anything about this book. Although it might not be really popular like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or Fablehaven, etc, but that doesn't mean this isn't an AWESOME book. Personally, this first book is my favorite out of the series. It's a hilarious, exciting, and touching read. This is a special book which I think may not fit all reader styles, but it definitely matched mine!! :)

I love this book. Normally I'm not the type to read a "girl book", but this is so much more than that. It's absolutely real and true and funny and vibrant. All of the characters are great. (I've never been able to decide if Jane or Skye is my favorite of the sisters.) Sadly, the fourth book in the series goes downhill and changes too much because of the leap forward in time, but the second and third books are really good.

DBRL_KrisA Apr 15, 2017

A cute little book that reminds me of the old Bobbsy Twins series and other family-adventure books. (And a bit of Beverly Cleary's Ramona and Beezus.) But updated to appeal to the middle school (and middle age) reader of the 21st century. There's not a lot of action, no big adventure, but the book doesn't suffer for that. It's enjoyable enough to meet the girls and learn about them, their gentle father, and the other characters.
I like that, although each of the sisters fits a trope or stereotype, there's more to them than that trope - Skye is a tomboy, but she's also really good at math; Jane is the head-in-the-clouds dreamer, but she is really good (better than Skye) at soccer.
A sweet beginning to what should be a fun series.

Jul 13, 2016

Great book. I would recommend it for girls from the ages of 8 to 16

Jul 05, 2016

Always full of humour and adventure! This book never gets boring. I really enjoyed reading it! :)

aconley74 Apr 05, 2016

4.7 MG / Grace

Nov 09, 2015

Best book ever!

Sep 19, 2015

This is a fantastic tale of four sisters and their summer adventures. From hiding in flower pots to escape from grouchy Miss Tifton, to climbing out of windows, to saving Batty from a raging bull, The Penderwicks is a heartwarming, funny, delightful tale that will have something to satisfy even the most sophisticated readers.

Aug 23, 2015

Four Penderwicks sisters, Batty, Rosalind, Skye and Jane, ages four, twelve, eleven and ten go on summer vacation with their father. The mother died of Cancer shortly after given birth to Batty. While there, they get lost because of their hound dog who eats the map. So they had trouble finding the place. They were expecting a small cozy condo but it turned out that they are apart of a huge mansion! They meet a boy who lives on the estate who is the son of the unfriendly owner with they get in trouble with.

Chapel_Hill_MollyL May 22, 2015

A purely lovely novel for all ages--lighthearted, well plotted, great characters. My kids and I have read and re-read all of the books in the Penderwicks series and consider ourselves honorary MOPs. This is not just a book for girls! My 9-year-old son is a huge fan. Great for summer reading.

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