First sentence Lily s toes felt tingly.This is the third book in this contemporary Amish middle grade series When the series first started Lily was oh so precious and just six years old In this one she turns ten years old She s matured so much since that first book Which is both good and bad Good because maturity is to be expected and appreciated One can t stay frozen in time It s impossible Bad because I miss the Lily that was The little Lily made me laugh time and time again.Lily at home Lily at school Lily at church That s what we get to see in this newest book Lily continues to struggle to get along with her two archenemies Effie and Aaron Lily has a VERY HARD time understanding why her cousin Hannah thinks Aaron is oh so dreamy.I am still loving the series I am I am a little sad that there s just one book in the series. Thursday, July 25, 2013A Big Year for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher, 2013Lily 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.My Review Lily Lapp is a fun loving inquisitive girl you would like for a neighbor The story opens and it is summertime She and her friend Beth have fun in Beth s playhouse Bats in the belfry Maybe not, but Lily s new attic room has a secret entrance her father cannot find As school begins, Lily looks forward to her new school year My favorites A Big Chief tablet I loved the long smooth pages two sharpened Ticonderoga pencils, and a fresh box of crayons I always got tripped up when math problems were reversed how could they have the same answer This is the third book in The Adventures of Lily Lapp series Ages 8 12 will enjoy reading this series, as well as anyone else who likes Little House and Janette Oke prairie books I especially like the illustrations by Tim Foley They are pencil drawings that bring the story to life My favorite is the Christmas at Whispering Pines picture Papa was first to open the door, with Lily right on his heels There on the porch were Grandpa, Grandma, and Aunt Susie Behind them were Uncle Elmer s and Uncle Jacob s families Everyone Everyone was here A Big Year for Lily, 131Purchase a copy ow.ly mVlq1Meet Suzanne Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking Such magazines She lives in California For information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter suzannewfisher Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iPhone or iPad Download the Free App bit.ly 134r55GMore about Mary Ann Kinsinger Mary Ann is the gentle voice behind the very popular blog, A Joyful Chaos Mary Ann Kinsinger lives with her husband and three children in the beautiful Appalachian mountains in southwestern PA only a few miles from the house where she grew up in an Amish family Mary Ann has enjoyed writing from a very young age and has had some of her work published in magazines She is a busy mother and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crafts, cooking, and for the past year blogging where she is chronicling her journey from a happy little Amish girl to where she is today suzannewoodsfisher.com blog 2012 07 tLearn about Lily at adventuresoflilylapp.com Thank you to Litfuse for sending me a copy of A Big Year for Lily This review is written in my own words No other compensation was received. As a continuation of the Lily series, this book continues the process of adjusting to the changes in Lily s community With her parents help, she manages the challenges of kids at school and embraces a relative moving back to her community A great read for middle school girls and younger. Review Another lovely, lively Lily Lapp tale The third book in the series has enough details in it that it can be read without having read the first two volumes It would make a perfect chapter book to read to young children or for a 6,7, 8 year old and up to read alone As the family grows, Lily grows up gaining responsibilities, often watching her baby brother, Paul Her other siblings, Joseph and Dannie sometimes irritate her when she wants to spend time alone reading or painting pictures Still she loves them and feels terrible when Dannie crashes into the barn on his first solo sled ride Lily was supposed to be in charge, but couldn t resist his request to go down the hill alone The family is trying to make the best of Christmas Day alone while Dannie recuperates, but would love to be with the extended family at Grandpa and Grandma s They are surprised and touched when the entire Christmas Day feast is carried to them and all the relatives trek through the snow to spend the day with Lily s family This is just one instance showing the strong family ties in the Amish brotherhood School has been a highlight in Lily s life in the past years and she can t wait till it starts again, especially since cousin Hannah will be at her school now When Hannah takes a liking to Aaron, the boy who seems to live to make Lily s days miserable, it comes between the cousins Lily is also left defending herself when someone keeps switching sandwiches in the students lunches, making it appear that Lily is stealing Being shy, she can t seem to find the words to convince the teacher that she is innocent and that leads to notes home to Mama and Papa They find it hard to believe their sweet girl would do such things She is so distraught when it keeps happening that she starts checking her lunch in the morning and at recess Teacher Rhoda catches her returning yet another sandwich plant and assuming Lily is guilty, she assigns an unreasonable number of sentence writing Thou shalt not steal Finally Aaron, her nemesis, tells the teacher that he saw Effie making a switch involving Lily s lunch That took courage, because Effie, not the nicest girl in class, would definitely get back at Aaron eventually Home is a haven for Lily, especially her time with her father When he takes her to town to help with the shopping, he rewards Lily with her first ice cream cone She is delighted when he explains she can lick the ice cream right from the cone, but Papa forgot to explain that the cone was edible Lily tosses it over the edge of the buggy thinking it was cardboard She won t do that again She loves artwork, so Mama surprises her with a box of 64 crayons Later when they are destroyed in a school fire, Papa replaces them for her He even took a box of paints, brushes and art books as part payment for some work he did which he presented to Lily She began painting pictures for gifts and dreams of the day she will be a famous artist and have ice cream after dinner, every single day Also,store bought bread and deli meat in every school lunch Lily is still learning the lessons that every child needs to learn, how to think before she acts or speaks, and not to take matters into her own hands The book ends with Lily turning ten, and that means a lot of changes in the clothes she wears and the privilege of sitting with her friends in church services There will be one book in this wholesome series and I just wish they had been written when my daughter was little There are always granddaughters to read them to Thank you Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher for this glimpse into the Amish world reviewed by Carly Karns, ACS teacher About the author Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking Such magazines DISCLOSURE A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for our honest review by Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of the publisher and author We were under no obligation to render a positive review. Quickly Becoming A Family Favorite Lily s story continues in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger with book three A Big Year for Lily This series has been recommended for children ages 8 12 although I have been reading these books aloud to my girls, ages 6 and 9, and I have found myself looking forward to our nightly reading times I have even caught my boys ages 11, 14, and 17 listening in Amish children are not much different than English children They enjoy playing many of the same games, playing with friends, and have to learn to deal with feeling left out and being jealous Lily has a hard time getting along with Effie Kauffman, who tends to be very bossy When Lily decides to climb an apple tree to pick the apples that are out of reach, Effie declares she is sinning and being unlady like Lily declares that to be untrue, but when she jumps from the tree and rips the back of her dress she is than a little embarrassed Even at home there are sibling rivalries between Lily and her younger brothers Lily finally was able to move from her hallway bedroom into her own bedroom in the attic Her favorite part of the room was the window She liked to pretend that it was a picture frame in which the picture changed throughout the day But when bats started coming in and Papa couldn t find how, she moved into her parents old room Lily experienced marshmallow and baking adventures, as well as, some well placed lessons like when Lily and her father were painting a sign to advertise her father s woodworking business and a bumble bee landed in the wet paint on the sign He wandered around the green sign with little white feet and Lily was upset over how the insect had ruined the perfect sign Papa only smiled I don t think any one will notice those tracks unless they look closely He dipped his paintbrush back into the jar of paint and started to paint another letter You know, Lily, the sign is a lot like the people we meet If we want to find fault with it, we can look much closer and see things like those little tracks In fact, by looking too closely, you ll notice that some of the letters aren t exactly perfect If we focus on those little faults, we ll forget that the sign is actually a pretty good sign Papa put the paintbrush down, I could brush some green paint over those little tracks, but I think I ll just leave them That way whenever you and I see this sign, it can remind us to focus on the good things in the people we meet instead of any little faults they might have p.45 My girls and I have enjoyed reading through the Adventures of Lily Lapp series together and have enjoyed watching Lily as she grows up They have learned that although she is Amish she really isn t much different than them A Big Year for Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. About the Book 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 About the Authors Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days, and started a family After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to pass on her warm childhood memories to her own children From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the attention of key media players, such as the influential blog AmishAmerica and the New York Times She lives in Pennsylvania.Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, A Lancaster County Christmas, The Keeper, and The Haven, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania Suzanne is a Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award finalist She is the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom, which boasts 15,000 downloads a month, and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking Such magazines She lives in California Find out at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com My Review I love the Adventures of Lily Lapp series They are similar to the Little House books, the only difference is that they are Amish These are perfect for little girls But my boys enjoyed listening to the books being read aloud In book 3 of the series we find Lily at 9 years old full of spunk and adventure And as all little girls are at that age longing to be older and grown up She tries to outsmart Effie Kauffman at the very beginning of the book But as a result Lily and an apple tree, with the most tempting apple hanging overhead, have a disagreement instead I loved reading about Lily s latest adventures She is a very sweet girl with alot going on Her family just recently moved into a new home and as Lily soon finds out, she has some visitors in her new attic room Much unwanted visitors at that Can t wait to see what is next with this series The authors are on to something with this character Disclosure This book was sent to me for free from Litfuse for my honest review. Lily Lapp is nine and for a young Amish girl there are as many challenges for her as any nine year old girl Her first and foremost issue is dealing with Aaron Yoder, a boy that thrives on teasing Lily whenever the opportunity becomes available When her pencil rolls off the desk and she bends over to retrieve it, he holds his hand over her head while the rest of her class laughs Her only hope this year is that her Cousin Hannah is joining her Perhaps dealing with Aaron with an ally by her side won t be so bad after all But when Hannah soon finds that Aaron isn t as bad as Lily claims and even finds herself wondering if Aaron likes her, Lily is literally at wit s end Could this year possibly get any worse In the latest novel, A Big Year for Lily, by authors Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher, The Adventures of Lily Lapp continues in book 3 Geared for children 8 and up, this makes a wonderful chapter book to get your child started in loving a different kind of life as an Amish child Most of the time, there are very few differences between any nine year old There are sibling rivalries as Lily is the only girl in a houseful of boys, there is the bossy classmate, Effie, who thinks all the things Lily is interested in are simply things a girl should never participate in, even calling a climb in the apple tree a sin, which Lily proudly proclaims is not Only to her horror, she jumps from the tree and rips the backside of her dress causing her to be than a little embarrassed There are so many wonderful adventures that Lily participates in, from having finally achieved her own bedroom in the attic only to discover at night that bats are getting in somehow, to baking her mother a wonderful birthday cake which turns out hilarious There are also some wise bits of Amish wisdom tucked away in some of these charming stories one of my favorites being the time Lily and her father were painting a sign for their mom and a bumble bee lands in the wet paint on the sign He begins to wander around the green sign with white little feet and Lily is upset over the how the insect has ruined the perfect sign Her father reminds her that each time she sees the sign it will remind her to focus on the good in others instead of seeing all their faults I received A Big Year for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Revell Publishers for my honest review I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review I am super excited to share this latest novel with my niece who inhales chapter books as fast as I do novels I can t wait to hear what she thinks of Lily s life growing up Amish and how it compares to hers I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can t wait for A Surprise for Lily coming soon There is a great discussion guide at the end that helps parents explain to their children just what some of the concepts are in the Amish way of life and even a recipe for Lily s favorite Sweetheart Pudding which is served at Amish weddings. 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 AmishThe 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 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 This is the third book in The Adventures of Lily Lapp, A Big Year for Lily, and I think my favorite thus far There will be a fourth in this series due out later which will complete it These are absolutely charming books These Chapter Books are gems just waiting to be discovered by little girls ages 8 12, or anyone who likes loves to read about the Amish, even adults Surprisingly, I learned a lot from reading these books as well, and it amazed me because I read a lot of Amish books and thought I knew all there was to know Boy, was I wrong There are things in this series of books I did not know about such as the things the children go through at their different ages, what s expected of them and Yes, there are the Little House on the Prairie books, and you could almost mistake these books as similar to them, but these books go further than those and are even better because these books have real, live people who are living this way today and every day Little House, meet the Amish, and a little girl named Lily Lapp who are alive and living this way for the last three centuries, and will be well into the future This book is about Lily turning 10 This is quite a year for her Turning 10 brings about a lot of big changes and responsibilities for Lily My favorite is her new dress When the girls turn 10, they graduate into getting to wear the big girl dresses This was an anticipated event for Lily She got to go pick out the fabric for her new dress and proudly wear it in church, with a little drama added to it My other favorite scene was when her brother gets his tongue stuck to something metal, in the winter She said she felt bad but not to bad because she learned brothers were always thinking of things they shouldn t be doing Yes, sometimes even the amish children are up to no good, just like English children, playing tricks on each other and other things, but they learn important lessons from them, and the parents make sure the children are aware of what they or their friends did is good or bad.These books also have beautiful pencil drawings illustrations here and there throughout the book The artist, Tim Foley, did a beautiful job Grab this book and add it to your library It will be an addition that will get read by many I received this book for FREE from the publisher, Revell, a Division of Baker Publishing Group and LitFuse Publicity in exchange to read and write a review about it It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion Free means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Once again I had the pleasure of reviewing a book in the Lily Lapp series These are super cute and enjoyable to read with your children The lessons that Lily learns and the mischief that she gets into reminds me a lot of my own ten year old daughter so I look forward to sharing this story with her I am sure that she will enjoy this story just as much as I have These are still enjoyable by an adult because it feels as if we re reading about our own children It captures the authentic joy, thoughts and emotions that we have all lived through during our own childhood.
Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days and started a family After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to capture her warm memories of her childhood for her own children From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the att
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