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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 / Birdsall, Jeanne

Available Copies: Downtown 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

like little women

this book is like little women its about 4 sisters & there summer vacation. its very fun to read & i suggest it to all but especially little women fans!

the wild penderwicks

I liked this book because it was funny and it felt like I wanted to be with them doing all those wild things. Even though I`m older than Batty, I think she is like me because I care about animals, and I am also the youngest in my family. The middle sister(Leina) is like Skye, and the oldest(Anna) is like Rosalind. I think anyone will have enjoy this book!

The Penderwicks's trip

The Penderwick family is going to Arundel Hall,where the sisters find magic all around them.First they meet Churchie who makes wonderful gingerbread,then the icy-hearted Mrs.Tifton, then Dexter Dupree.Their cottage is cozy and warm.Then they meet Jeffrey,who saved Batty's life, then Hound(their dog) finds Batty again with smell.


My friend says its like little women. So i recomened it to ages 9-11.


Very cute story and perfect for reading in the summer. The book has a great combination of lightheartedness, sadness, adventure, friendship, and family.


I thought this book was very fun to read. This funny story can get sad, also, especially when Jeffrey talks about his mother planning to marry Dexter Dupree, a mean character who wants to send Jeffrey to a military school. The four personalities of the sisters work well together. I am glad that the book has such a happy ending! Read to find out what it is. I'd recommend this book to kids ages 7 to 11.


This entire series is fun and entertaining and a good choice for summer. I have read each one multiple times and highly recommend them but I think this one will always be my favorite in the series.

Love it!

The Penderwicks was one of my favorite summertime books! It's wonderful for young readers and older readers alike!


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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