The first book introduces the four Penderwick sisters: Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty and their father, Martin Penderwick, a botany professor. Their mother is dead and they live in Connecticut, raised mostly by their father and their aunt. Rosalind is calm, gentle, and slightly bossy. Skye loves math, soccer, and astronomy. She reminds me of a modern day Jo March, of Little Women. Jane is a writer and her dramatic lines make me laugh. Batty is the youngest and loves animals. They are staying in a little cottage at the edge of the property of a great big mansion for a few weeks in the summer. The girls have all kinds of wonderful adventures, from meeting the truly awful Mrs. Tifton and her very nice son named Jeffrey who live in the mansion, to a run-in with an angry bull.
Jeanne Birdsall's plan is to write a total of 5 Penderwick books. I can't wait to read the next one. I highly recommend these books and hope that you enjoy them, too!