This is a wonderful book about the four Penderwick Sisters, Rosalind, Skye, Jane and Batty, during their three week summer vacation at a beautiful estate called Arundel. Though Arundel has beautiful gardens, large open fields and friendly woods, the Penderwick sisters agree that the best thing of all is the estate owner's (Mrs. Tifton, that is) son, Jeffery. And even when they aren't playing with Jeffery, the sisters are still busy! Rosalind thinks she falls in love, Skye learns archery, Jane writes a new book, and Batty meets who new rabbits, who she adores.
The reason I like this book is because it's about four sisters. I also like how they are like real people, unlike some books in which, although they are wonderful, just doesn't happen; the timing is wrong, or the situation. But the Penderwick's seem real. I would recommend The Penderwick's to readers!
A note from Super Kitty's mamma: This really is a great book, with genuine characters for girls to look up to. Each has a unique talent - and not necessarily a girly-girl one, which is refreshing! They also pull together in a way that we'd always love to see our kids doing. However, the death of their mother some years before, from cancer shortly after the youngest was born, is a very strong theme in this book, and at times was heartbreaking to me (was it because I'm a mom?). This is a very real part of the story, and continues to be so in the second and third books... just a heads up for parents to be aware of! Both my daughter-reviewers's love this series.