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A Big Year for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher

A Big Year for Lily

post written by Emma Filbrun

A Big Year for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods FisherTitle: A Big Year for Lily
Author: Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher
Series: The Adventures of Lily Lapp, book 3
Major Themes: Amish
Synopsis: During the year that she turns 10, an Amish girl has many experiences, both good and disappointing.

We are really enjoying the stories about Lily Lapp. Yes, they are about a girl, but my boys are loving them anyway. These stories are very true-to-life. They are based on the author’s girlhood, although she has changed things a fair amount to make a fun story.

A Big Year for Lily opens with the beginning of a new school year. Lily knows it will be a good year, since her cousin Hannah now lives in the community and will be in her grade. However, the two people Lily struggles the most to get along with, Effie Kauffman and Aaron Yoder, are still there, too—and they seem to be determined to make her life miserable. And, worst of all, it turns out that Hannah likes Aaron. How can she be that way?

A lot happens during the year. Bats invade Lily’s lovely attic bedroom, she has a wonderful trip to town with Papa and learns what an ice cream cone is (we really laughed about that experience!). There is a lot of trouble at school until Aaron Yoder surprises Lily by coming to her defense. Lily and Hannah enjoy a lot of fun together—and get into some pretty funny scrapes. Lily dreams of becoming a famous artist or author. Then, she turns ten and gets a lot of new dresses, since she is now old enough to wear the style of dress that her mother wears. She is excited to be growing up—but then discovers that growing up isn’t all that she expected it to be. And there is still Effie to try to get along with somehow.

As I said, we really enjoy these stories, although I have been noticing that almost every chapter has a disappointment in it. The stories are funny, and easy to relate to, but at the same time most of them are somewhat unhappy in the end. Lily’s parents love her and do all they can to teach her the right way to live, but human nature and circumstances seem to conspire against her.

No warnings (unless you don’t want your boys to get any ideas about pranks they can pull on others)!

Age Levels:

Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12, Family Read Alouds
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12


Links to buy A Big Year for Lily:

Amazon: Paperback | Kindle

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Book Depository: Paperback



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