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.
When I was a little girl, I loved hearing stories about the Amish. My family had the opportunity to visit an Amish community on vacation one year and I instantly became enthralled with everything — the clothes they wore, the food they ate, the horses and buggies, the sweet bonnets. This book would have been perfect for me! If you have a daughter from 8-12 years old, you share it with her!
Life with Lily tells the story of 6-year-old Lily Lapp. It’s written almost as a journal of her day-to day life, as though the author is peeking in the window watching everything that happens. From the birth of her baby brother to days at the little red schoolhouse, where she loves art the most, and a trip on a bus from New York to Kentucky to visit her grandparents, Lily’s life is full of fun and mischief, with a bit of sadness now and then. Most importantly, Lily is growing up learning what it means to be Amish, in a community filled with people she loves, new puppies to adore, and a young life full of adventures.
This book is wholesome and sweet, one to be treasured by little girls (and boys!), perfect for young readers or a family read-aloud. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
About the Book
Life with Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher (Book 1 of 4 in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series)
Ages: 8 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2012)
Retail: $12.99, available at Amazon.com for $9.35
About the Authors
Suzanne Woods Fisher lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has one husband, four children, one son-in-law, a brand new grand-baby, and a couple of dogs. She graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.
Find out more about Suzanne at http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/.
Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish and currently writes the popular blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to capture her warm memories of her childhood for her own children. She lives in Pennsylvania.
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