Heidi's Reviews > The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
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Dec 30, 10

bookshelves: modernfiction, tween, to-buy
Recommended to Heidi by: Natalie
Recommended for: Lena, Lara
Read in December, 2010

This is a delightful book. I don't know if I can add much to what other reviewers have said, other than "amen!" It's set in today, but it feels like it could be set in pretty much any time in any location. Modern references like laptops and Clinton masks (in the second book) feel almost anachronistic.

The best part, though, is that this family really loves each other. They don't always like each other, but they are affectionate and thoughtful. Here's the rundown: a widowed father and his four daughters (ages 4-12) rent a summer cottage on an estate for three weeks. The girls befriend the boy who lives on the estate, as well as the teenage gardener and his rabbits. Hijinks ensue, and all ends well. What more could you ask for?

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