The Penderwicks are not exactly normal. The dad is a botanist who is always speaking to his daughters in Latin (even though none of them knows any). He has four daughters — Batty is 4 and always wears “butterfly wings,” Jane is 10 and enjoys writing adventure books about a heroine named Sabrina Starr, Skye is 11 and often speaks before she thinks, and Rosalind, the 12-year-old, has become their mother-figure (since their own mother died). To round out the family, there is also a goofy, lovable, protective dog named Hound.
Every summer, the Penderwick family takes an extended vacation together. This year, however, their normal cottage is not available. So, they end up finding something at the last minute. After getting lost on the way there, they don’t believe it when they really do find the place. It’s not just some cottage… It’s a cottage that resides on an estate named Arundel. The estate owner, Mrs. Tifton, is really stuck up, but her son, Jeffrey, quickly befriends the Penderwick sisters.
Throughout their 3 week holiday, the Penderwick sisters get into one bind after another — often with humorous results. Not only was this story fun, but it was just plain real. I could actually believe that this quirky family existed… And I wanted to meet them! A great summer read (or a book to read when you are wishing for summer).