This book is a charming read for girls ages 8-12. It follows the adventures of a young Amish girl named Lily. In this book, her family has moved from New York to Pennsylvania, and everything seems to be wrong. Lily is unhappy with most of her circumstances and is constantly declaring it wouldn’t be this way if they’d stayed in New York.
Lily is a worrier. She worries about dying when a schoolmate tells her, “If you look into a mirror when a clock strikes midnight, you will see what you look like in your coffin.” When Lily sees her own reflection, she tells her mother the next morning that she will not live long.
She worries about what her friends will think of her when her mother wants her to take a pumpkin pie to share with her friends at school. She tells her younger brother, “Joseph, don’t you realize how embarrassing it is to take a big pumpkin pie to school?” So they decide to eat it and leave the pan in the woods before they get to school.
On one occass
ion, they hire an “Englisher” to work their land with his tractor. Lily and Joseph play on it and succeed in rolling it down the hill, almost to the road. Another time, the children beg their parents to let them sleep in the barn. So, when they are allowed, Lily isn’t happy with the all the noises and critters, and hardly sleeps a wink!
Through all the adventure, and the awkwardness of growing up, Lily learns that she can feel “at home” in Pennsylvania after all. She makes friends and learns lessons. This is a wonderful book, and I would love for my daughter to read it. It’s also a great opportunity to teach them about tradition, and how some traditions are good, but we must live by God’s Word instead of tradition.
Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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