2009: 52. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

“Their mother had been here in the hospital with the new baby for almost a week.”

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, Jeanne Birdsall

This is the second book by Birdsall about the Penderwicks, and I enjoyed it as much as the first.  Like the first, it’s a story about the Penderwick family, four girls who live with their widowed father, and their lives.  Also like the first, this is a charming, sweet book - just the story of the sister’s lives, and it hearkens back to the kind of books that I loved when I was growing up - Little Women, or Anne of Green Gables, and yet doesn’t feel old fashioned, and manages to be sweet, not cloying.  Honestly, it’s the kind of book that makes me hope that I have a daughter that I can read book like this with.*  This book tells the story of Mr. Penderwick’s return to the dating life (against his will, on the insistence of his sister, with a letter from his dead wife as the impetus), and how the girls deal with that.  It is well done and has a predictable but lovely ending, and my only complaint is that the introduction told the story of the mother’s death, and as a new mother who has become this total cream puff, it actually made me cry when I was reading it because the thought of that woman leaving her girls was just too heartbreaking.  Crap, I am welling up again.  However, if you are tougher than me (or like crying!), you will love all aspects of this charming story.


*Query -- is it totally sexist to assume that my son will not be reading these books, or realistic?? Hmmmm - bears rumination.  


Date/Place Completed: April 2009; D.C.

Categories: Fiction, Y.A.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017