Life with Lily
|October 8, 2012||Filed under Reviews|
I don’t get to review children’s novels very often, but as a lover of Amish fiction, I was happy to read my favorite genre from a different angle. I can’t think of any novels that were written from the perspective of a very young Amish girl. It was an eye-opening experience for me because my daughter is turning 6 (about the same age as Lily) in a few short months! Lily Lapp struggles with the changes that are going on in her life. Another baby brother has been added to the family, her old teacher was replaced with a stern one, she’s trying to stay out of trouble, her aunt is battling cancer, and there is so much more that goes on in this short, yet incredibly charming read.
I think people sometimes assume that the Amish are perfect in every way. This book shows that they’re really not much different than us Englischers. The children can be mischievous, can struggle with the very same fears and can have similar difficulties in their relationships. There is even some info about the Amish in the back of the book, which can be used to start a conversation with your children before delving into the reading. I typically like to give away novels that I review, but this one, I am definitely keeping for my kiddo!
Disclosure: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own!