Life with Lily (The Adventures of Lily Lapp Book #1)

Life with Lily (The Adventures of Lily Lapp Book #1)

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by Mary Ann Kinsinger, Suzanne Woods Fisher
     
 

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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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
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 series depicting 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. Agent: Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary Agency (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441239723
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Series:
Adventures of Lily Lapp , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
499,118
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

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 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, 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, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Christy Award nominee and is the host of an internet radio show called Amish Wisdom. She lives in California.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, 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 an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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Life with Lily 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Here I would like to add some of my favorite parts.: 'The day came when Mandy Mast announced that playing pioneers wasn't fun anymore. "It's getting too cold," she said. "Every day, we do the same thing. I'm tired of it! I want to play something else." She sat in the cabin, sulking. Mandy had a point, Lily thought. It was chilly. Lily breath came out in puffs of white. The other children wanted to keep playing, so Mandy was overruled. She joined in with the others, but with a sour look on her face. "Maybe if we could only build a real fire, it would be more fun," she said. "That way, at least we could be warm." The next day, during the first recess, Mandy pulled Lily away from the other girls. "Look what I brought," she said. She glanced around to make sure no one could hear. Then she opened her coat and drew a box of wooden matches out of her coat pocket. Lily was shocked. "But we're not allowed to play with matches until we're much older!" "Don't be such a scaredy-cat." Mandy dismissed Lily with a wave of her hand. "I light matches all the time and nothing ever happens. Besides, in many important ways, I'm practically ten." Mandy was only six, just like Lily. For the first time, Lily was glad to hear Teacher Katie ring the school bell. It was time to go back to the schoolhouse. She hoped Mandy would forget about the matches before lunch's recess. After the little girls ate their lunch, Hannah decided they needed a fresh supply of cattails. Everyone ran to the edge of the swamp to gather more cattails. Lily filled her arms with cattails, and suddenly realized that Mandy hadn't come to the swamp with the girls. She caught a whiff of smoke in the air. Oh no! Lily dropped the cattails and ran to the cabin as fast as she could. As Lily saw the cabin, she could see little wisps of smoke curling out of the holes and the walls and the roof....' To see what happens, and many other great adventures, just bye this book! Have fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exellent book for kids! My daughter Masie loves Life with Lily. All she wants to read is Life with Lily! My son Thomas is in middle school and he still likes Life with Lily! I highly recomend reading Life with Lily to your child or children like I did! For more ratings read more books! Kid friendly ratings by Anna!
pattyb41 More than 1 year ago
My second by this author, Lily and her family come alive and will definitly continue their story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Each chapter was a different experience in Lily's youth. The flow was broken because the chapters didn' t follow closely, but that allows a child to read a full chapter each day and come away with something different to consider. I especially liked the lesson with the flowers and colored water. I can see where this could be very thought provoking for a child if put into practice by a caring parent. It also works with other white flowers. This is an easy read for a 8-9 year old. The words are not difficult to sound out if a child is unfamiliar with them. There are valuable lessons throughout without being "preachy." I consider it a good summer read.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely delighted with this book on all counts. I originally got this for my daughter to review, but her schedule did not permit it. So I decided to undertake the task. As I began the book, I was reminded more than once of "Little House on the Prairie," a book series that I absolutely loved as a child. I felt like I was reading a modern-day pioneer story! And the delightful illustrations only added to the charm of this book. This book cannot be easier to read, and it is the perfect introduction to this wonderful group of people known as the Amish. I wasn't sure my daughter would like the book as I read it with her in mind. But as I got into it, I discovered that this book is not just a "fairy tale Amish novel." I was most fascinated with how the Amish family dealt with the outside world. And it was little Lily who was always asking her parents about it. It was also nice to see the lifestyle of these wonderful people through the eyes of a child instead of an adult. There were a couple of interesting stories that still showed where the true heart of the Amish family in the book is. Both evolution and racism come up as well as "witchcraft," and all situations are dealt in light of God's Word as well as Amish tradition. When I got to those portions in the book, I knew that my daughter needed to read this book, and I have set aside time in the future for her to do so. But even so, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I know that if this book had been around when I was a child, I would have loved it even better! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life with Lily is a great book for not only children but older people as well. I really enjoyed reading about Lily and sharing the story with my daughter. I read a lot of Amish based books and my daughter always was interested as well. I'm happy that my 10 year old had a chance to read this and the rest of the series.
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This is the best book for all ages i finish in no time MUST READ
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SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
This book is a charmer. Each chapter tells funny, interesting, and adventuresome stories, and the simple pen and ink illustrations are darling. I would recommend this book for third-fifth graders to read on their own, and for kindergarten-second graders for reading aloud - or on their own if they're advanced readers.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Today's review is brought to you by a guest blogger, Alina, who is eight years old and was the one who read Life With Lily. 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. I really liked the book. I like it because it looks like a grown up book, but it was really a kid book. Every chapter was about something different that was happening in Lily's life. The words weren't too big of words and there were a lot of describing words and that helped me picture what things looked like. I liked learning about how Amish people live and if Lily was a real person, I would like to be friends with her. I would recommend to read this book and I can't wait until the 2nd book comes out. Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Revell books sent this complimentary book for me to review. All opinions are from my brain.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting story of a little six year old Amish girl and her life and family on the farm. It is written to hold the interest of young children. It can either be read to the non-reading child or can be read by those able to read "chapter books." Each chapter is just a few pages long and would not tire the young reader but would engage with interesting topics and conversations and draw the child back for more. Lily is a lively and obedient child who wants to interact with children her own age and with her family. Like other children her age, she is bothered by such things as a "mean neighbor" and understanding just why he is like he is. She is happy to help prepare the barn for Jim, their horse, and for the new cow that has been given to them by spreading hay to make their "floor" softer. She enjoys planting corn seeds and tomato plants with her mother. She is a joyous child. But change comes. People change. So Lily's parents and many other families in her community choose to move. There is not a big plot to Lily's story. It is simply a collection of episodes in Lily's daily life growing up on an Amish farm, attending an Amish school and church, and helping her mother with basic chores. The reader will learn a lot about how the Amish live plain and basic, and their use of farm grown and produced products. You won't have to screen this book for inappropriate material, but you may want to read it simply because it is a nice read. I plan to pass this sweet book along to my book-loving grand daughter. I know she will find a friend within its pages. Life with Lily is book the first of a four-part series. “Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.” DISCLOSURE: I was given a copy of Life with Lily by the publisher, Revell, on behalf of the author in order to render a review with my honest opinion. All opinions express are solely my own and I was under no obligation to render a positive review.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Lily Lapp is just starting school in the first grade. She really likes here new teacher and all the fun things she gets to do in school. She gets to sit beside her cousin Hannah. Her favorite thing to do is art and recess. She has to learn to not to let her peers influence her into doing things that always end up getting her in trouble. At home Lily is her mother's little helper while learning to to do what it takes to care for her families needs. A big part of her daily activities is watching over her two younger brothers. It is not all school and chores there is plenty of fun time. She has a new miniature horse she named chubby and he pulls a little cart she can ride by herself. This is a sweet book that is similar in many ways to the Little House on the Prairies series. It is about the everyday activities of a six year old little girl. Her and her family are Old Order Amish. Author Mary Ann Kinsinger takes memories from her childhood to build the story of Lily. Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls all of these memories together into this darling series. I plan on getting this series for my granddaughters. They will learn through Lily's series that life does not always go the way they might expect. It will teach them the importance of family, following the rules and having trust and faith in God. It is an all around fun read. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from Revell/Baker Publishing/Litfuse for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.