Sunday, February 3, 2013

"A New Home for Lily" by authors: Mary Ann Kinsinger & Suzanne Woods Fisher

I had the opportunity to read and review Life With Lily (book 1 in the Lily series) after which it found its home in Texas in the hands of my daughter's 4 daughters. Just the other day my daughter called to tell me that her 9-year-old came running into the room and was just beaming.  She said, "It's almost February and that is Fantastic." Mommy asked, "Why?" And then the granddaughter  said, "Because in February book two about Lily comes out. If Grand-mommy can't send it to us, we'll just have to go buy it! It is the most wonderful book I've ever read."

Mommy went on to explain to me that from time to time my granddaughter takes the book off the shelf and re-reads a portion or so. This little girl is a prolific reader (as all in the family are). Mommy is homeschooling the girls. Mommy is also the wife of an Army Chaplain.

Anyway, I just had to share this with you, because Life With Lily has brought such joy to my granddaughter.

Now let's talk about book 2, "A New Home for Lily!" Every reader of this delightful book will learn customs of the different Amish groups and how the various differences affect even the thinking of the young children - buttons or hooks on clothes, pins or hooks on wraps, the shape of the girl's headcovering, even the width of the ribbon-ties of the headcoverings. Also, the keeping of refrigerators indoors as opposed to having them on the back porch.   So we find the book educational from beginning to end. But this isn't a "text" book, it is a fun and entertaining book!

Lily has to adjust to life in Pennsylvania and how it is different from that in New York.  We're talking adjustments to the differences between the observances of the two Amish communities.  But first of all, Lily is a growing little girl with curiosities, opinions, likes and dislikes, hurts and loves and she grows with each episode.  The spilling of the milk pail to the sticking of burrs in brother's hair. A young child reading this book will learn that they, too, can learn important lessons from daily life just as Lily can.  Both Life with Lily and A New Home for Lily are refreshing forays into the reading world for the child 8-14 (and adults, too).  There is so very much unsuitable reading now available that it is a joy to pick up a book you know is safe for your child or grand child to read.

DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group for this review.

1 comment:

  1. I just finished Life with Lily & can't wait for A New Home. So many adventures!


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