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Children Review: A Big Year for Lily

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Children Review: A Big Year for Lily

A Big Year for Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger
Reviewed by: Jennifer Roman
Genre: Children’s, Christian, Amish
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: July 2013

Lily Lapp and her family have settled into their new farm in Pennsylvania and are becoming more and more involved in the community. Papa has set up his woodworking shop while Mama sets up a roadside fruit and vegetable stand and takes care of the house and children. Lily and Joseph are both in school, and horror of horrors, Lily has to sit right in front of Aaron Yoder, a boy who teases her mercilessly. In addition, Effie Kauffman is in her class and causes Lily all kinds of trouble. We can see that Lily is growing up, though, because rather than act on and say things as they come out of her head, she stops to think what the appropriate behavior would be. Lily doesn’t always follow the appropriate course of action, but she’s working on it. Best of all, she turns ten and gets to wear the caped dresses that the older girls wear and she is now allowed to mingle with the older girls during church and socials instead of having to stand beside her parents!

What I love about this series is we see the fun and sweet adventures that Lily encounters. People sometimes think that Christians are boring and not interested in having fun, but we see Lily’s exuberance in addition to her strong Christian upbringing. While the Amish live a strict and simple lifestyle, they still have fun and entertaining adventures. I can’t tell you how many belly laughs I have had at things that Lily and her friends and family have done, yet they are all clean, family-friendly adventures. They demonstrate a different lifestyle while explaining it so that people are able to learn about others while enjoying a good read.

I highly recommend this series, and this book in particular, for its humor and its ability to teach strong values and Christian morals without being preachy. We see how the Amish raise their families in a way that demonstrates love and respect for one another, which readers will see put into action. This book would be great for intermediate readers to read on their own or for adults to read to younger children. Even as an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the humor and message of God’s love and blessings.

The book is written for readers age eight and up, so A Big Year for Lily is clean in content and language. There is nothing that would be considered objectionable or offensive.

Rated G: The book is intended for children so there is nothing objectionable or offensive in it.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!


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