Friday, December 13, 2013

A Big Year for Lily and A Surprise for Lily - Review

This last year my daughter made a new friend Lily Lapp. We were asked to review the first two books in the the series, you can read our review here.

Boo drove me crazy wanting to read the next two books in the series. I had planned to buy one for her birthday and one for Christmas, however I was offered both books to review. Needless to say we were both thrilled.

Boo is eleven just the same age as Lily in the last book so it was easy for her to relate so I will turn the time over to her;

I love the Life of Lily series it has been one of my favorite. In the story Lily's cousin moved away, I know what it is like to have your cousin move away. My cousin moved twice each time further away, but I get to see her more than Lily saw her cousin, which was once a year. I also know what it's like having all brothers. I have an older brother and a younger brother. I wanted a little sister, but wouldn't trade my little brother for anything. I have read all of the Little house on the Prairie books, and Lily reminds me a little of Laura in those books. I love learning how different people live. I live near an Amish community and sometimes when I see the young girls I imagine that they are Lily, and what their life is like.  I really hope that there will be more books in this series, I would like to read about Lily's teenage years; dating, marriage, and children. It would also be a great movie.

I like these books because I firmly believe that we can learn compassion and understanding from learning about other lifestyles. As Boo said above, we live near an Amish community. I go to my favorite Amish country store 'Lilac Lane' on a regular basis and so my children are exposed to the Amish a lot. This book has helped Boo understand more about how they live and why.

These books were written by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Lily Lapp books were inspired by Mary Ann's Amish childhood. She grew up in Pennsylvania, Old Order Amish, raised by two wonderful parents and had five little brothers. Most of the stories (not all) happened in real life. When I told Boo this it made her love the books even more! Mary Ann is no longer Amish and blogs over at A Joyful Chaos.
Suzanne's Grandfather was raised plain, which is where her interest in the Amish began. You can contact her at www.suzannewoodsfisher,com.

I have requested these books at my local library, as I thing more girls should read these cute stories.

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