Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Big Year For Lily By Mary Ann Kinsinger & Suzanne Woods Fisher Blog Tour

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Title: A Big Year For Lily
Author(s): Mary Ann Kinsinger & Suzanne Woods Fisher
Source: Review Book From Litfuse
Number Of Pages: 267
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2134-3
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
My Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Stars
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Lily Lapp's family has settled into their new home in Pennsylvania, but life still holds big changes and big steps for Lily. Good changes, like once again living close to her beloved cousin and best friend, Hannah. Bad changes, like a mean girl who plays tricks on her. And no change at all where Lily would most want one--Aaron Yoder sits near her in school and relentlessly teases her. Surprises are in store for Lily as she learns, with Mama and Papa's help, to manage the ups and downs of growing up Amish.
The third of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, "A Big Year for Lily" gives children ages 8-12 a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Amish--and lots of fun and laughter along the way. It combines Mary Ann Kinsinger's real-life stories of growing up Amish and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With charming line drawings in each book, this series captures the hearts of readers young and old.
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 What a sweet little book! The Christian-Fiction market has been booming with Amish tales for adults, and I think it's great that our younger readers get to partake in that a little through The Adventures Of Lily Lapp series. This is a book that I would have loved to have as a little girl. Lily is so relatable, and so sweet! When I was her age I remember facing many of the same trials, (though not quite in the same way, considering that I'm not Amish). School-boys are pains, brothers are mischievous, friends come and go and life is unpredictable.

I think I may give my copy of A Big Year For Lily to my cousin Kara, since she is about ten years old (the same age as Lily Lapp), and I know that she would enjoy it. I've outgrown this type of fiction, but I know that books like these can be beneficial to young readers. Lily's story encourages self-control, and shows how to respond to certain situations that come to all girls in a way that shows maturity. It's never to early to start learning how to act with grace and patience. I've seen my friends little sisters check this book out from the library, and they keep going back for the next title in this series.

Another thing that I like about A Big Year For Lily is that though it is part of a series, it can easily stand alone and be read without having to read the first two books first. Which, considering some people's reading habits, can be either a good or a bad thing. For me it's a good thing, because I don't have the first two books and I don't have the time to read them all. Overall, I really enjoyed the story of Lily Lapp, and I would recommend it to girls thirteen or younger.
 Note: I was provided with a free print copy of A Big Year For Lily through a blogger book review program. I was not paid to review A Big Year For Lily, and all thoughts expressed in this review are unbiased and completely my own.  

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