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Family Memories, Good Times, and New Things to Come Combine to Close out Birdsall's Penderwicks Series

Updated on June 3, 2018
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Final Story in the Popular Series of the Penderwicks Family

The final book in Birdsall's popular series about the Penderwicks family
The final book in Birdsall's popular series about the Penderwicks family | Source

Family Memories, Reunions with Friends, and an Anticipated Wedding to Celebrate This Last Story

Jeanne Birdsall closes out her popular series of books with the Penderwicks family in this last story with family memories, reunions with old friends, new friendships that form, and the much anticipated wedding of Lydia's sister Rosalind. Young readers will enjoy the book to travel back to the family's favorite Arundel estate to hold the much anticipated wedding. Extended family members gather at Arundel for the upcoming wedding and Lydia is very excited to be back to share all of the family members of times spent together here. The family has shared stories of adventures here with Lydia for a long time and she is anxious to have some adventures of her own as the family gathers for her sister's wedding. The story begins with Lydia waiting at the bus stop with her dogs and taking the opportunity to dance for awhile until the bus arrives with her sister. Lydia loves to dance and her dogs play an important part of her audience. The bus finally arrives with her sister and they are off to Arundel for the upcoming adventures until the wedding. The rather peculiar Mrs. Tifton and the huge family mansion are part of Lydia's adventures as the summer goes on. All of the characters from previous stories of the Penderwick family are also part of these final adventures. Wedding plans are being made and Lydia is in charge of planning the processional with the dogs included in the wedding. Readers will be amused by the adventures that come with planning the wedding. The wedding finally takes place and the wedding guests have departed. Lydia decides to stay for the rest of the summer until school begins for the new term in the fall. Her parents agree to allow her to stay and they tell her that they will return in a week to pick her up. The story concludes with a surprise ending. Lydia's future has begun.

Birdsall writes her final book in this popular series about the Penderwick family with humor and warm memories. Young readers might relate the family memories to their own memories of happy times with theri families. The Penderwicks at Last was published by Random House Children's Books and is recommended for ages 10-13. It has an ISBN of 978-0-385-75566-5.

Chapter Books and Lesson Suggestions for Reading Birdsall's Best Selling Series

Teachers who teach middle school students will find Birdsall's entire series of the saga of the Penderwick family to be fun reads for young readers. The elements of friends, family, and making memories are all part of the books with these favorite characters. Chapter books such as these also present the opportunity to extend reading time for students who sometimes are not interested in reading. Many teachers read one or two chapters in a group reading session every day. Middle school children still enjoy being read to when an adult reads aloud. Chapter books also present the opportunity to allow students to use their memory for events in the story and students are able to increase their memory skills as they recall the chapters that were read on previous days.

*Read The Penderwicks At Last in a group reading session. Students might like to read aloud each day. Reading aloud improves readking skills and memory.

*Call attention to the setting that the family enjoys returning to for the upcoming wedding. Give students the opportunity to share with their classmates any information about their own family's favorite places for having reunions and celebrating special family times.

*Allow students to recall their favorite characters or characters from the story. Brainstorm with students with ideas about how each character contributed to the interest in the story.

*Extend interest in this series of popular best-selling books for middle grade students by reading all of the books in the series.

Chapter Books Offer Opportunities to Improve Reading Skills

Other books from Birdsall's popular series about the Penderwicks family
Other books from Birdsall's popular series about the Penderwicks family | Source

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