Thursday, September 12, 2013

Book Blog Tour: A Surprise for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

A Surprise for Lily is book four of The Adventures of Lily Lapp series. The book starts out on a sad note; Hannah (Lily’s cousin) is going to be moving and Lily will miss her. The adventures in eleven-year-old Lily’s life pick right back up though through situations with her family, a friendly neighbor, her classmates, and her family’s animals. This book focuses a lot on changes that happen in Lily's life. After Hannah moves Lily writes letters to her throughout the book, to keep her up-to-date on what is happening at school and with her family. There are random pencil-like black and white illustrations throughout the book that help readers to picture what life is like for Lily and her family.

Children can be anxious when they have a new teacher, and I noticed that Lily learned pretty fast that the personality of her teacher was quite different than what she had experienced before. The children in Lily’s class handled the transition better than most students probably would though, since all children in the school had the same teacher no matter what grade they were in. Amish people will probably always be known for their kindness to both strangers and people that they know and there were many examples of that in this book. I noticed throughout the whole The Adventures of Lily Lapp series that it doesn’t take very long for Amish people to rebuild houses and school buildings if they burn down or are destroyed, mainly because many people come together to rebuild and even take time off work in many cases.

Looking back over all four of the books in this The Adventures of Lily Lapp series that I reviewed the Amish appear to experience a lot of the same things that people who are a part of other religions experience (births, death, disaster, hurt feelings, family events, congregational gatherings, moving, etc.). They experience them while they are close to family in most cases it seems, which is why I think it is easy for a lot of them to spring back after more difficult situations and seem to have a lot of joy during the happier situations.

Even though there are some reminders of what happened in the previous books from the series, I believe that readers will be able to read this novel and all the other ones in the series as stand alone novels. I definitely recommend reading all four in order though so people won’t miss all of Lily’s adventures.

Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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