I recently finished The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy and The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall. I highly recommend these books, especially as read aloud stories for children. It is refreshing to find children’s literature that is pure fun instead of mischief and witchcraft.
The Penderwicks are four sisters, aged 4-12, a hound, and their adoring father (whom they adore). They have all sorts of child sized adventures. The author does an excellent job capturing the children’s spirits on paper and the reader is carried along with the Penderwicks on their adventures. Additionally, the children in the story are well-behaved and choose to do right, even when it’s embarrassing, and apologise when they make mistakes.