Life with Lily is the first in a series about young Amish girl, Lily Lapp. Co-authored by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher, Life with Lily (Book One in The Adventures of Lily Lapp) was written for girls ages 8-12.
I have long been fascinated with the Amish and love reading books set in this simpler, quieter culture. I was excited about the opportunity to review Life with Lily and, hopefully, share that fascination with Megan, my one voracious reader (though Brianna can be pretty voracious if the topic interests her).
Initially excited about helping me with the review, Megan was a bit intimidated when the book arrived. We were expecting a book with a length something along the lines of an American Girls book. At 276 pages, Life with Lily is a novel for young readers.
Although it’s a rather long book for young readers, it has a unique feature that makes tackling a longer reading project more doable – a feature that seemed a little odd to both Megan and I. Each chapter is something of a self-contained story.
While the chapters couldn’t be read independently of each other and still have the book make sense, the major theme or conflict introduced in each chapter is resolved by the end of that chapter. Although both Megan and I thought that made the book seem a little choppy, it provides the reader with a sense of accomplishment – maybe she can’t read the whole book today, but she can find out what happens in chapter 5.
We’ve both really enjoyed Life with Lily. I took the book to read it myself when I saw that Megan wasn’t going to finish it before it was time for me to write the review. I took it as a good sign when she asked if she could have it back after I was finished so that she could finish reading it. I love when my kids want to read a book that they don’t have to read.
Life with Lily is a sweet, captivating book about the day-to-day life of a young Amish girl – with lots of unexpected fun thrown in. If you have tweens who enjoy American Girl or Little House books, I strongly suspect that they’ll enjoy Life with Lily, as well.
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.