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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy | [Jeanne Birdsall]

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

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel's owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.
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Publisher's Summary

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel's owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will, won't they? One thing's for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.

Deliciously nostalgic and quaintly witty, this is a story as breezy and carefree as a summer day.

©2005 Jeanne Birdsall; (P) Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • National Book Award Winner, Young People's Literature, 2005

"Adults who have been longing to find books for children that remind them of their own childhood favorites need look no further." (Booklist)

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    Would you listen to The Penderwicks again? Why?

    I am a reading tutor and am using this on my iPod with my student to work on fluency, and reading with expression. I am finding new insights each time I listen to the story.


    What about Susan Denaker???s performance did you like?

    I love the way she performs the different voices.


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    Neily Starksboro, VT, United States 01-14-13
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    I accidentally downloaded this book not realizing it was a children's book, but once I started listening, I was transported to magical summer childhood memories, and couldn't bring myself to stop! This would be a great book to engage kids ranging from 6 to 12-ish, or just listen to it on your own if you want to escape the real world of paying bills, doing dishes, or commuting to work!

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    What made the experience of listening to The Penderwicks the most enjoyable?

    My daughter absolutely loves this story & has listened to it so many times I think she has some of it memorized.
    She started listenting to it at about age 7 and at age 9 still enjoys it. My older daughters also enjoy the story.


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    A total page turner from beginning to end! I looked for excuses for my and my 3 year old daughter to get into the car! WELL DONE!!!

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    I can't review the novel, which I've heard is charming. The reader is artificial and dreary...marginally listenable until she gets to imitating children's voices in squinched up tones that sent my son and me running for the TV set.

    I strongly recommend previewing a sample before you purchase this audiobook.

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    The story gets you right at the start. It's a wonderful well told story of "Family". I have listened to it twice. It's just wonderful!! I highly recommend the book.

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    I took a chance on a potentially good story of a family made up of four girls...so myself and three boys listened to and were completely entertained. Mr. Penderwick is a good father to a highly intelligent and rambunctious group of daughters.

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