Saturday, October 6, 2012

Life with Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger & Suzanne Woods Fisher

Geared for 8-12 year olds, this is the first in a new series Adventures with Lily Lapp. Lily is a 5 year old Amish girl, the oldest in her family. The book is actually based on the life of author Mary Ann Kinsinger who grew up Amish.
This book follows some of Lily's adventures in her Amish community, not much different than the adventures youngsters have in other faiths. Her mother gives birth to a new baby brother, Lily starts school, she is homeschooled for a season while they find a new teacher, and typical chores and such around the home.
I loved how it showed a real to life example of an Amish child, to help children everywhere realize that despite how they live differently and dress different, there are many similarities.
The only thing I didn't care for is that Lily is age 5. I don't know too many girls age 10 who want to read about a 5 year old. I thought Lily acted older and maybe should have been more like 8, which would make it more meaningful to the girls reading it.

The reading level is higher than most 8 year olds can handle so that was a predicament for me as well. I felt like the target audience wasn't clear in the book. If it was written to young girls, it needed to be smaller, and more like the Little House on the Prarie style chapter books, this seems to flow more like an adult novel to me. If it is geared for the younger ones who would enjoy a 5 year olds life, then it needed to be more in picture book form. I adore both of these authors and love that they are putting a series together like this, I just felt confused as to the audience it was intended for.

Darling illustrations throughout, though it is much more a chapter book than an easy reader style of book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“Available October 2012  at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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