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5 things from The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (book 2) by Jeanne Birdsall
1) A Save-Daddy-Plan from the disasters of dating.
2) Switched homework assignments lead to disaster, and threatens to tarnish the Penderwick family honor
3)Secret Agents and the elusive "Bug Man"
4) An orange cat named Asimov and big, black Hound declare a truce.
5) "Now they just had to find an awful date, which turned out to be not so easy. The few who seemed just right could cause problems afterward. For example, the librarian... who never let them check out more than five books at a time. What if she got mad at them and lowered their limit to four books, or even three?"
My daughter and I adore the Penderwicks! The series follows the four Penderwick sisters and their adventures. The books are fun and delightfully written. They also deal with real-life issues in an easy to understand way. We highly (and often) recommend this series!
5 things from The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (book 3) by Jeanne Birdsall
1) A Vacation in Maine makes Skye the OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick)
2) Batty discovers she's a musician
3) Jane discovers love
4) Jeffery (honorary Penderwick) discovers a family secret
5) "Jeffery supported Batty without overwhelming her, adding Gershwin's rich harmony. He did it brilliantly so that Batty owned the music - and it was clear that she knew it, despite her goofy outfit, despite her age, despite the fact that Penderwicks just don't make music."
I read this series with my daughter and find myself thinking about this book more than the book I'm reading on my own. I love the Penderwicks! They are so brilliantly written (this is book 3)! I'd highly recommend this series!
5 things from The Penderwicks in Spring
(book4) by Jeanne Birdsall
1) Batty discovers that she can sing . . . and that she killed her dog . . .and her mom.
3) A still life, a quesadilla attack, and a sister's boyfriend nobody likes
4)Neighbor Nick is back from war and takes on his duty to keep the Penderwick siblings in line.
5) The dog's name was listed, too. "Cilantro, like the plant?" He cocked his ears, acknowledging that while Cilantro was indeed his name, it wasn't his fault. He did seem to believe, however, that being stuck was his fault, and for this he was apologetic.
.This is the 4th book in the delightful Penderwick Series. Jeanne BIrdsall addresses depression in a child very tastefully. Fair warning, this is a tear-jerker
5 things from The Penderwicks At Last
(book 5) by Jeanne Birdsall
1)A Summer wedding at Arundel-- back where it all began
2) The infamous Mrs. Tifton and her levels of pickle faces
3) A one-up contest with Lydia's friend's brother
4) A momma dog, Sonata, who yawns at her son to obey. The son, Feldspar, who carries around anything he can find in an act of triumph: A feather duster, an ax, a chair leg, and a red high heel. Hitch, a three-legged Great Dane who rides in the sidecar of a motorcycle.
5) Another thing they had forgotten was the possibility of finding Hatshepsut [a chicken] on the stairs. They did. Not only was this one of her days for climbing, but she'd gotten farther than ever before, and had been positive she could finally reach the second floor. While she squawked furiously, horrified at the sudden apparition of Hitch, he seemed pleased to see her, cocking his ears in an attempt to understand chicken language. This further enraged Hatshepsut - she wanted to be feared, not understood- making her squawk louder than ever.
This is Lydia's story and the series has come full circle. Sadly. I do hope that there is one more to tell the story of Hmm-hmm and hmm-mmm. (if you want a spoiler, message me.) Delightful writing and series.