For a child, every day is a thing of wonder. And for six-year-old Lily Lapp, every day is a new opportunity for blessings, laughter, family, and a touch of mischief. As she explores her world, goes to school, spends time with her family, and gets into a bit of trouble with her friends, Lily learns what it means to be Amish and what it means to grow up. From getting a new teacher to welcoming a new sibling, Lily's life is always full of adventure.
The first of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, Life with 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 the real-life stories of growing up Amish from Mary Ann Kinsinger and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With charming illustrations throughout, this series is sure to capture the hearts of readers young and old.
Established author and Amish specialist Fisher (The Choice) teams up with debut novelist Kinsinger, author of the popular Amish blog A Joyful Chaos, for book one of the Adventures of Lily Lapp seriesdepicting contemporary Amish life. From the initial drama of a new baby brother appearing ("Lily wished she had been home to meet God when He stopped by the house to bring a baby"), the story unfolds from the point of view of bright, well-loved Lily Lapp, who turns seven in the book. Amish and "English" (non-Amish) people intermingle matter-of-factly English neighbors drive Lily's brother Joseph to the hospital when he injures his arm, and Lily's family bakes and sells goodies to the English. The drama comes mostly from within the community. Readers will relate to the mean Amish schoolteacher and Lily's difficult friend Mandy, who manipulates her into getting in trouble. Adults' concerns about making ends meet, illness, and death lap at Lily's life, but her parents prove an unbreachable levee, protecting her and their way of life. The simple prose focused on daily living will appeal to those who like realistic fiction that comforts rather than challenges. Includes FAQ about the Amish. Ages 8 12.