07 October 2012

Life with Lily by M.A. Kinsinger and S. Woods Fisher, Book review

Publisher: Revell 

ISBN-13: 978-0800721329

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:
Absolutely delightful! 'Life with Lily', Book 1 in 'The Adventures of Lily Lapp' should have been written years ago! Mary Ann and Suzanne have come up with a wonderful little gem!
Written primarily with younger children (ages 8-12) these are none the less stories which grown ups and children alike will love to discover!  There is nothing better than reading out loud to a child and share a precious moment!

There is an amazing amount of information betwixt these pages and I can't wait to share it with young friends. Seen through the eyes of lovely (and sometimes mischievous) 5 year old Lily, it has a fresh appeal for avid readers of Amish tales such as myself! 
We have learned much about the Amish world through wonderful stories told by such authors as Suzanne Woods Fisher herself but 'The Adventures of Lily Lapp' is destined to be a favourite and best of all, one you can share with everyone!
Each chapter involves a new adventure in Lily's life involving family, friends, neighbours, livestock, school and so on...One look at the little face featured on the cover (for once, the cover is right on!) and your heart will be won over! 
There are of course lessons to be learned throughout it all! After all, Lily and other Amish children are in no way different from Englisher and yes, things can and will happen...I don't know if the 'cat' with the bushy tail found by Lily in the barn (priceless!) or her brother's Joseph attempt to fly will be your favourites but it certainly were mine! 

I whole heartily applaud this new series and I give  it 5 stars!
I am looking forward to Book 2!
About the Authors:
Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days and started a family. After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to capture her warm memories of her childhood for her own children. From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the attention of key media players, such as the influential blog AmishAmerica and the New York Times. 
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, The Keeper, and The Haven, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Christy Award nominee and is the host of an Internet radio show called Amish Wisdom.  
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I received this book free from BAKER/REVELL as part of their blogger review program.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds delightful! I have always wanted to visit the Amish country. I bet that we would have much to learn from them! Thank you so much for stopping by. Your comments make my day!!


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