Title: Penderwicks, The Author: BIRDSALL JEANNE Format: PAPERBACK Publication date: 02/07/2007 Imprint: CORGI JUVENILE Price: $16.00 Publishing status: Active
The Penderwicks: four sisters, as different as chalk from cheese, yet as close as can be. The eldest, Rosalind, is responsible and practical; Skye, stubborn and feisty; dreamy, artistic, budding novelist, Jane; and shy little Batty, who doesn't go anywhere without her butterfly wings. And not forgetting Hound, their large lumbering lovable dog. The four girls and their absent-minded father head off for their summer holidays, but instead of the cosy tumbledown cottage they expect, they find themselves on a huge estate called Arundel, with magnificent gardens ripe for exploring. It isn't long before they become embroiled in all sorts of scrapes with new-found friend, Jeffrey - but his mother, the icy-hearted Mrs Tifton, must be avoided at all costs. Chaotic adventures ensue, and it soon becomes a summer the sisters will never forget...
Gleebooks review: This is the first of a quartet of books about the Penderwicks, a family of four sisters and their father, and their dog. It runs along the lines of classic family stories, (Little Women, the Bastables, the Casson family, all spring to mind). The Penderwicks are on holiday in a marvellous cottage, next door to the intimidating owner of the cottage, and her young son Jeffrey. Each of the girls is very much her own person, but they are united as a family. This may sound very familiar, but the book is not weaker for it, in fact their small adventures seem more surprising, as it is set in contemporary times. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Louise
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