Monday, October 1, 2012

Life With Lily - Reviewed

Book Blurb:

For a child, every day is a thing of wonder. And for six-year-old Lily Lapp, every day is a new opportunity for blessings, laughter, family, and a touch of mischief. As she explores her world, goes to school, spends time with her family, and gets into a bit of trouble with her friends, Lily learns what it means to be Amish and what it means to grow up. From getting a new teacher to welcoming a new sibling, Lily's life is always full of adventure.
The first of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, "Life with Lily "gives children ages 8-12 a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Amish--and lots of fun and laughter along the way. It combines the real-life stories of growing up Amish from Mary Ann Kinsinger and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With charming illustrations throughout, this series is sure to capture the hearts of readers young and old.

My Thoughts:
What a charming book! I have a granddaughter named Lily, so when I saw this book I just had to read it. My Lily is just two, so the character Lily actually reminds me of my oldest granddaughter Nani who is 4. All bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and ready to take on the world. She is the oldest, her mom just had her baby brother Dannie, Lily's reaction to Dannie was priceless . .  page 15 . . . Lily peeked at the baby. Why, it was the ugliest little baby Lily had ever seen!  His face was all red and wrinkly. His head was bald. Lily didn't know what to say as Papa lifted the baby carefully out of Mama's arms. He asked Lily to sit in the rocking chair next to the bed. 
I was laughing so hard when I read that I nearly wet my pants. As adults we OOO and AHH over new baby's but we have no idea what little children are thinking. 
Lily has many new experiences, from helping her father plant a garden, take care of the animals, going to school where there is a new teacher. 
The age range is 8-12, however this would be a great read aloud at bedtime for kids younger. There are sketches that are in the book, much like what you would find in the Little House On The Prairie series.

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