Our family’s new favorite books are about the Penderwick family, written by Jeanne Birdsall. We love each of the four girls, who don’t have a mother, but do have a doting and somewhat distracted father.
The first book The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy introduces readers to the sisters, their father and their dog, Hound. The family is on their way to their annual summer vacation. Their father is lost, and Hound has just thrown up all over the three girls in the backseat. What a way to start a summer vacation!
We love four-year-old Batty and her predicaments – as well as her love for butterfly wings and her serious conversations with Hound. Ten-year-old Jane is the family drama queen, and writer, and also talented at soccer. That drives 11-year-old Skye to practice harder and harder, determined to be the best soccer player in the family. 12-year-old Rosalind is the sister in charge, especially since their mother died.
These books are perfect companions for long car rides – I loved them as much as my children. In fact, when we found the latest book (just released) at the library, we ended up checking it out in every format they had: book, CD and playaway. I read the book, my 13-year-old listened to the playaway and we’ll all listen to the CD in the van. And I’ll love listening to the story, even after just finishing the book.
You can follow the Penderwick sisters in:
- The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
- The Penderwicks at Point Mouette
And I believe you will feel as I do – I hope Birdsall has at least one or two more Penderwick books planned.