I'm a fan of Amish fiction. I've mentioned several times in other book reviews that the whole culture fascinates me. The simpleness, the community, the home cooked REAL food. *wistful sigh* I live vicariously through those books at times when the business of life threatens to take me over. I also enjoy the wholesomeness of the books. In today's society what passes for good literature is astounding. It is refreshing to read of families who interact respectfully with one another, of parents who are involved with their children, of committed marriages, and of family values being intentionally passed on to younger generations.
One of my goals of parenting is to pass on my love of reading to them. I've been quite successful in this area with my oldest daughter. She reminds me of a younger version of myself, always her nose in a book, reading 3-5 at a time and leaving them tucked in various places throughout the house. She devours them. I love it. :)
Life with Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher is Amish fiction for young girls and I thought that my daughter would really enjoy it. We read it aloud together over the course of a couple of weeks. My daughter giggles at Lily's antics, worried over the troubles, and followed along with every line. After only four chapters, she declared that we MUST buy the rest of the books in the series!
The story follows six year old Lily Lapp and her family through the birth of a new sibling and building up their farm to a very big change for them all. The writing is simple, but enough to engage a young reader and each chapter is almost a little story all of its own.
I thoroughly enjoyed that I didn't find even one single objectionable thing in the book as we read along that wasn't corrected within the book (bad attitudes from children, disobedience, etc.). The book does touch on the serious issue of cancer, but I think it was handled in a way that is appropriate for young children.
This would make a good addition to any young girl's bookshelf and we look forward to reading the rest of the series!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to give a positive review*
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About the Book:
Book 1 in the ‘Adventures of Lily Lapp’ series.
Lily is six in this story, just starting first grade in a one-room schoolhouse in upstate New York. Her parents are busy building a farm, and soon animals join the family—Jenny the cow and Chubby the miniature horse. A baby brother arrives, too, which Lily has mixed feelings about. (She wanted a sister!) Aside from a mischievous friend like Mandy Mast, Lily is happy at school and even happier at home.
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.
Suzanne has contracts with Revell for six more books about the Amish, both fiction and non-fiction. She is also the host of “Amish Wisdom·” on toginet.com, a weekly radio program featuring guests who are connected to Simple Living.
Find out more about Suzanne at http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/.
“Based upon Kinsinger’s own childhood, it’s reminiscent of the Little House on the Prairie books.” —Romantic Times
Celebrate with Suzanne and Mary Ann by entering their contest and RSVPing to the “Life with Lily” Facebook Author Chat Party on 10/16!
Two fortunate winners will receive:
- Either the new Kindle Fire or new Nook HD
- Signed copy of Life with Lily for you and a young reader in your life.
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 15th. Winner will be announced at the Life with Lily Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/16. Connect with authors Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger for an evening of book chat, Q&A about Mary Ann’s Amish childhood, trivia, and fun! There will also be gift certificates, books, and other fun prizes!
So grab your copy of Life with Lily and join Suzanne and Mary Ann on the evening of the October 16th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)
Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell
your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and
increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the
Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 16th!