Teacher Guide: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

When Daddy takes the four Penderwick sisters -- Rosalind, Jane, Skye, and Betty -- on a summer vacation to Arundel estate in western Massachusetts, no one expects a life-changing experience. But when the girls meet the owner, Mrs. Tifton, and her son Jeffrey, that's exactly what they get. The first installment in Jeanne Birdsall's captivating Penderwicks series, this story is destined to become a classic. Birdsall's witty, warm, welcoming prose and her gift for portraying family relationships make this story an excellent read-aloud selection, as well as a great choice for classroom discussions of plot and character.