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Friday, July 19, 2013

A Big Year for Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger~~A Litfuse Publicity Group Book Review, Blog Tour and An iPad Adventure Pack Giveaway

 My Review:

Quickly Becoming A Family Favorite!

Lily’s story continues in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger with book three -- A Big Year for Lily. This series has been recommended for children ages 8-12; although I have been reading these books aloud to my girls, ages 6 and 9, and I have found myself looking forward to our nightly reading times. I have even caught my boys ages 11, 14, and 17 listening in.

Amish children are not much different than “English” children. They enjoy playing many of the same games, playing with friends, and have to learn to deal with feeling left out and being jealous. Lily has a hard time getting along with Effie Kauffman, who tends to be very bossy. When Lily decides to climb an apple tree to pick the apples that are out of reach, Effie declares she is sinning and being unlady-like. Lily declares that to be untrue, but when she jumps from the tree and rips the back of her dress she is more than a little embarrassed. Even at home there are sibling rivalries between Lily and her younger brothers.

Lily finally was able to move from her hallway bedroom into her own bedroom in the attic. Her favorite part of the room was the window. She liked to pretend that it was a picture frame in which the picture changed throughout the day. But when bats started coming in and Papa couldn’t find how, she moved into her parents’ old room.

Lily experienced marshmallow and baking adventures, as well as, some well placed lessons like when Lily and her father were painting a sign to advertise her father’s woodworking business and a bumble bee landed in the wet paint on the sign. He wandered around the green sign with little white feet and Lily was upset over how the insect had ruined the perfect sign.

‘Papa only smiled “I don’t think any one will notice those tracks unless they look closely.” He dipped his paintbrush back into the jar of paint and started to paint another letter. “You know, Lily, the sign is a lot like the people we meet. If we want to find fault with it, we can look much closer and see things like those little tracks. In fact, by looking too closely, you’ll notice that some of the letters aren’t exactly perfect. If we focus on those little faults, we’ll forget that the sign is actually a pretty good sign.”

Papa put the paintbrush down, “I could brush some more green paint over those little tracks, but I think I’ll just leave them. That way whenever you and I see this sign, it can remind us to focus on the good things in the people we meet instead of any little faults they might have.”’ (p.45)

My girls and I have enjoyed reading through the Adventures of Lily Lapp series together and have enjoyed watching Lily as she grows-up. They have learned that although she is Amish she really isn’t much different than them.

About the Book:

Book Three in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series. Co-written with Mary Kinsinger.

Lily Lapp’s family has settled into their new home in Pennsylvania, but life still holds big changes and big steps for Lily. Good changes, like once again living close to her beloved cousin and best friend, Hannah. Bad changes, like a mean girl who plays tricks on her. And no change at all where Lily would most want one–Aaron Yoder sits near her in school and relentlessly teases her. Surprises are in store for Lily as she learns, with Mama and Papa’s help, to manage the ups and downs of growing up Amish.

The third of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, A Big Year for 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 Mary Ann Kinsinger’s real-life stories of growing up Amish and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With charming line drawings in each book, this series captures the hearts of readers young and old.

Would you like to purchase the book?.

Learn more about the series, play games and download the coloring sheets at the Lily website.

Meet Suzanne:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, 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 a new Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California.

Suzanne invites you to visit her website to learn more

Mary Ann Kinsinger also invites you to visit her at her website A Joyful Chaos.


Suzanne Woods Fisher is celebrating the release of A Big Year for Lily, book three in the beloved Adventures of Lily Lapp series, with a giveaway extravaganza!


  One winner will receive:
Twelve winners will receive:
  • Special prizes specially picked by Lily (something new each day)! Suzanne will announce the winners on July 29 on her blog!
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 27th. All winners will be announced July 29th at Suzanne's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne's blog on the 29th to see if you won one of the fun prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)



**A Big Year for Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

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