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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Sisters romp through summer in old-fashioned charmer.

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age 8+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 8+
My daughter and I read all four of these together. We both enjoyed all of them, though I think the first one is probably the best.
age 5+

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The characters in these books are all learning, growing, and living honest and respectful lives. We laugh, we cry, and we talk about them all the time—daydreaming about visits, or considering how a Penderwick might handle a stressful/awkward/frustrating situation. I only wish that more books could be like The Penderwicks series.

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THE PENDERWICKS is a leisurely paced, old-fashioned kind of story about children enjoying a summer of outdoor play. It won the 2005 National Book Award and was a bit hit with readers and critics who delighted in its humor, family dynamics, and nostalgic atmosphere, despite a copule of one-note characters (the mean and snobbish Mrs. Tipton and her boyfriend).

The Penderwicks spawned the successful sequels The Penderwicks on Gardam Street and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette.

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