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The Penderwicks Audiobook
The Penderwicks
Written by: 
Jeanne Birdsall
Narrated by: 
Susan Denaker
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The Penderwicks Audiobook

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

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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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    Neily Starksboro, VT, United States 01-14-13
    Neily Starksboro, VT, United States 01-14-13
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    "Happy Accident"

    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M. Gerstenblith 03-28-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Absolutely delightful and charming!"
    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.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kateH Cheshire, CT USA 06-10-12
    kateH Cheshire, CT USA 06-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "My daughter LOVES this story!"
    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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 07-14-15
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    "Excellent doesn't begin to describe!"

    I listened to this audiobook with my 10 year old daughter, and the only thing we didn't like was when it ended. The characters became so real that she and I discussed aspects of them at times when we weren't listening. As a mother, I especially appreciated the kindness shared between the family members and friends within these chapters. This is a well-written and wonderfully narrated piece of children's literature that I highly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John E. Rocha Houston, TX United States 02-01-15
    John E. Rocha Houston, TX United States 02-01-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Worth a Chance"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Thomas 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "EXCELLENCE!"

    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!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Olivia 07-18-16
    Olivia 07-18-16 Member Since 2015

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    "A cross between Little Women and Huckleberry Finn"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are so delightful! I enjoyed spending time with this family and experiencing all of their adventures with them. It is a children's book, so everything is family-friendly and kosher enough.


    What does Susan Denaker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Unfortunately, the narrator sound a little clunky at some points. Most of the time, however, she is un-intrusive.


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    Alicia Wright 07-08-16
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    "💚💚💚💚💚💚❤️❤️❤️💚💙💙💛💚💙💜💞✅✅✅✅✅"

    💯good story awesome awesome story
    I love it awesome stuff like this story also the gardens

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    Marshall F. Combs II 07-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome"

    I'm rereading this book and it takes a great book for me to do that

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    Dr. Vanessa Harkins 02-27-16
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    "Great book!"

    I love the way Sky and Jeffry met. I recommend this book to Sam - gym friend. I am rating this book because it was awesome! I could read this book a million times and it would still have its magic of the first time I read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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