Life with Lily, Adventures of Lily Lapp Series #1   -     By: Mary Ann Kinsinger, Suzanne Woods Fisher
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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 trouble with her friends, Lily learns what it means to be Amish and what it means to grow up.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800721322
ISBN-13: 9780800721329
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 8-12
Series: Adventures of Lily Lapp

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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.

Author Bio

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.

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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.)

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  1. ruthhill74
    Yelm, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Amish Kids Book
    December 24, 2013
    ruthhill74
    Yelm, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  2. Sarah Sundin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A charmer
    December 29, 2012
    Sarah Sundin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  3. Christianfictionaddiction
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Light-hearted and engaging!
    December 10, 2012
    Christianfictionaddiction
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Bringing to mind the treasured Little House on the Prairie Books, "Life with Lily" is written in a light-hearted, engaging manner for young readers aged 8 to 12. Each chapter of the book recounts a different adventure or moment of learning for Lily, whether finding Lily driving her own pony and cart, rescuing her young brother from a wild dog, or getting into mischief with the sometimes mean-spirited Mandy Mast. The book allows readers a peek into what it would be like to grow up Amish, learning to work hard and play hard too, learning about the importance of family and treating others fairly and with love. "Life with Lily" makes me wish that more families were like Lily's, with loving parents, and fun adventures around every corner which don't involve television, video games or hand-held devices! I did wonder if the book was a bit long for the age group that it is intended for, as it is well over 200 pages. At the same time, it offers a good opportunity to cuddle up with your child and read some of the chapters together and talk about why the Amish choose to live the way they do, and the benefits of living life more simply. Despite being set in an Amish community, the story is one that all children are sure to identify with as Lily encounters new teachers, questionable friends, and even sees the effects of racism.

    Life with Lily is a great start to a promising new series for young readers, and I give it a solid recommendation and a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

    Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
  4. Jane Squires
    Wasola, Mo
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Life of an Amish child
    November 28, 2012
    Jane Squires
    Wasola, Mo
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lily is Amish. She has two brothers. Her grandparents live close by.

    This story gives a glimpse into the lives of Amish children. They are like any other chldren in the love of play. They go to school unless there is no teacher available. But material possessions are not a big desire.

    The Amish have a strong faith.

    Joseph, Lily's brother, tries to fly and breaks his arm. Lily is always getting into trouble because of a friend.

    A sad turn of events comes when Lily's grandparents and parents decide to move. There was no teacher to be had at school. Her Mom was finding it hard to teach at home and provide financially for family.

    This is basically a story of Lily, an Amish girl.
  5. Linda
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    a wonderful book for children
    November 16, 2012
    Linda
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    If a simple life without tech toys is but a distant memory, read Life With Lily. Today many children spend too much time in front of a screen, have some form of entertainment dangling from their ears, and tire their thumbs texting. Not Lily and her friends. Everyday is a new adventure brimming with simple pleasures: playing with cats, climbing trees, helping mom in the house and garden and travelling by buggy to see grandma and grandpa. A stark contrast with the average child growing up in America.

    I enjoyed this book along with my students, while reading it during story time. At first glance they thought the little girl on the cover was Hutterite, but then one little boy said, "No, she's Amish. I've seen the ones that live near Gladstone." (a small town here in MB) In many ways our children could relate with Lily, as they too help around the home and barns, then go and play games or explore the farm with their friends. However, our children have never had a buggy ride and they have no idea what it's like to not have electricity. Nonetheless, they thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Lily and learning that she, like them sometimes gets into mischief and that there are consequences.

    For a children's book, I found that the chapters are a bit too long. Also, I think the print should be a bigger, so young readers will not be intimidated with so much tiny text on one page. Personally, I find bigger print easier for read aloud books as well.
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