Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The four Penderwick sisters descend on the estate of Arundel for their summer vacation and find friendship and adventure around every hedge.
The sisters are each distinct and lovable; although they sometimes squabble their bond is unbreakable. They easily welcome Jeffrey Tifton, the lonely son of the estate's owner, into their group--though the same cannot be said for Mrs. Tifton, Jeffrey's snobbish and distant mother, who seems intent on ruining everyone's fun.
For fans of light-hearted family adventures or nostalgic summer vacation tales like Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome or Joan Aiken's Armitage family stories (collected in The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories).