The Penderwicks

If you are reading this second post of mine and are not a member of my loving family, I can’t believe it. There are a million other blogs out there. There’s even another Ali’s Book Nook. So thank you for coming back.

When my family went on a trip to Tennessee in May 2018, my school librarian suggested bringing The Penderwicks, the first book in a series by Jeanne Birdsall. The subtitle was, A Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. I didn’t think I’d like it that much. I read a couple pages though, just to tell the librarian that I looked at it, and I was hooked. It was the best thing I’d read in over a year, since I’d finished Harry Potter over a year ago.

On a scale from one to ten, ten being the best book ever and one being the worst book ever, I’d give The Penderwicks a seven. If you read my last post, you know that’s really, really, really, really good. Jeanne Birdsall should be proud of herself. She’s an artist that has crafted a masterpiece. I wish the Penderwicks were my neighbors.

The Penderwicks is about four sisters (Rosalind, 12 years old; Skye, 11 years old; Jane, 10 years old; and Batty, 4 years old), their father and their dog, Hound. When their usual vacation house on Cape Cod is sold, the family winds up at a nice cottage at a place called Arundel for three weeks. It turns out that their cottage is right next to a mansion, and in that mansion lives snooty Mrs. Tifton, her son Jeffrey, and the housekeeper Churchie. The gardener is a nice young man named Cagney. Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty go on lots of adventures, some with Jeffrey and some without. The adventures involve rabbits, bulls, and some trouble with Mrs. Tifton and her boyfriend, Dexter Dupree.

The other books in the series are The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, which is what happens when the Penderwicks get home, and involves adventures with school plays, dating, and the Geigers, the Penderwick’s neighbors. The third book, which is my personal favorite, is The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, the tale of what happens when Mr. Penderwick goes off to England, Rosalind goes to New Jersey with her best friend, Anna, and Skye, Jane, Batty, and their aunt, Aunt Claire, going to a beach. This separation lasts for two weeks, and the Penderwicks at the beach have many adventures involving boys, sprained ankles, and a shocking realization. The fourth book, The Penderwicks in Spring, takes place years and years later. It is my personal least favorite, but I still recommend it. There are a lot of misunderstandings in the fourth one, but I still like it; just not as much as the other three.

The Penderwicks series is probably good for ten-year-olds and older (again, I’m the exception). I really want it to be real, and I highly recommend it.

My favorite part in my favorite book is…whoops! I’d just spoil it! (;


P.S. Learn more about Jeanne Birdsall at


P.P.S. I have started to do something called Author of the Week. I will post this week’s author on Friday. Now, the end (of this post) for real.


2 thoughts on “The Penderwicks

  1. Another great post Ali, kudos! In future reviews, can you please write more about what you liked about the book(s)? I’m sure there’s a way to do that without spoiling them.



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