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The Penderwicks : a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy

by Birdsall, Jeanne.

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Call number: Y Fiction, Y Fiction (Paperback)

Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Pittsfield Youth, Traverwood Youth, West Youth

Additional Details

While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

Community Reviews


Incredibly amazing!!!


I love this first book and Jeffery is awesome. I think it's really cool the situation he's going through and how he convinces his mom that he doesn't want to go to a Military school but a music school where he learns and does pure music! The moment where he confides with the Penderwick girls that he's running away i hilarious though sad too.

realistic family interactions

This book relates the summer vacation of a family of four girls, their widowed father, and a few assorted characters at the estate where their rental is located. The days unfold into a series of escapades, many skirting on the edge of disaster (sometimes perilously close). As I started reading the book, I wrote down the names and ages of each character, sure I wouldn't be able to keep them straight. That concern faded away within a few chapters, as they each had such distinct personalities and preferences. The Penderwicks is a sweet story, with a fairly realistic portrayal of family interactions, and a somewhat aspirational portrayal of summer adventures (because really, do you know anybody who has that many close calls in 3 weeks? but wouldn't you love it to happen to your family?)

The Penderwicks

I really enjoyed this book because it's very action-packed and interesting. This book is filled with adventures, tragedies, events, and much more! After reading a couple pages, I couldn't put the book down. I want to read the second book to the series after I read the first. The cover honestly didn't look that appealing but I had to read the book for an assignment, so I picked it up and read. But, I never put it back down until I finished.

The Penderwicks!

I looove this book!!! The Penderwicks is an adorable book about four unique sisters- Batty, Jane, Skye, and Rosalind- and the adventures that they have with their new friend, Jeffrey, on vacation. Whether its shooting ketchup covered arrows at a target of Jeffrey's mean stepfather-to-be, meeting the gardener's fuzzy rabbits, or exploring the mansion's treasure trove of an attic, the 5 of them are always up to something fun. The Penderwicks is absolutely perfect!


The author make you feel what she feels. The series is great and I can't wait to read the third one!

Best book ever

This is my favorite. Can't wait to read the others!!!

Best Book

This book was so good!!!!!

My favorite!

I love the Penderwicks because I can relate to them so much. The characters, big sister Rosalind, math and science loving and not mild-tempered Skye, fanciful writer Jane, and little animal and fun loving Batty, are so real that you feel like you are in the book with them. I am currently reading the third book and it is great. This is a great and hilarious book and I would recommend it to everyone.

Sweet and Old-Fashioned

A cute, light-hearted tale of sisters and summer adventures. I found Hound and Batty the most delightful. This was like a more adorable "Little Women" without an Amy.

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