THIS IS THE BOOK PILE'S 100th POST. HAPPY 100 DAY!
by Jeanne Birdsall
Knopf | 2005, 2008, 2011
absolutely charming series about the four Penderwick children and their
father, dog, and others they meet through their adventures are true
treats for children and parents alike. I chose the series for the 100th
post of the Book Pile because of a recent conversation with a childhood
friend who shared how much her own children have loved it.
Skye, Jane, and Batty have lost their mother and live and travel with
their doting father. They each play roles in the family and are
supportive of and exasperated by each other in equal measure, which
makes their relationships real and relateable. In the first book they
spend the summer at Arundel, an estate; in the second they are at home
on Gardam Street; and in the third are on vacation once again at Point
Mouette. Each setting allows for exploration and development of the
Jeanne Birdsall visited one of my classes
last spring and shared that she wanted to write books that reminded her
of what she loved as a child. She set out to create characters and
situations rooted in the realistic innocence of childhood. She's
succeeded. And as the National Book Award Winner gold seal on the first
volume attests, others agree.
The set would make the
perfect birthday or Christmas gift for any child in your life. They are
fantastic read aloud stories and wonderful books for new readers ready
for longer chapter books. Don't miss the Penderwick series!