From the Authors… “Our first goal in bringing the Amish childhood of Mary Ann Kinsinger to life was to create enjoyable and entertaining books, but the Adventures of Lily Lapp series is a bigger story than that. Lily’s life is a little known piece of Americana, true stories of a little girl raised in a very different culture, yet with more in common with your own children than you might think.
The first book consists of 280 pages and 39 chapters. The second book is 266 pages long with 36 chapters. There is a scattering of black & white drawing-type illustrations throughout and beautiful full color photos on the cover/back. The target readership age is 8-12 and each book is listed for $12.99/paperback.
I first read these aloud to my kids (ages 8 and younger) and then let Josiah reread them to himself (he was begging for me to just let him read them to himself, since he felt I was taking too long to get through them). They kept Josiah’s (age 8) attention completely and he often laughed out loud over the silly antics of Lily’s brothers or the farm animals. The first book takes place in New York and ends with the Lapp family making plans to move to Pennsylvania. The second book then, of course, picks up with them moving and starting a new life in a new Amish community. Lily turns 7-years-old during Life with Lily, while A New Home for Lily takes place when she is 8-years-old.
These books simply chronicle the daily life of an Amish girl and her family, including her experiences with school, the farm and farm animals, as well as Amish church and the Amish community. It is interesting to read about Amish life from the perspective of a child and it takes me back to yesteryear and simpler times, yet this is the Amish way of life right now. Religion is brought up once in awhile, morals are taught, Christianity is spoken of, but it isn’t a constant thing. Though, I do not agree with all of the lifestyle choices described in the books – and the reasoning behind them, I did not find anything offensive to me or my faith. Josiah did ask why they did some things or believed the way they did, so I took the opportunity to discuss our faith and what Jesus and the Bible say about certain things. More often than not, though, I/we could relate to their beliefs and way of life (except the “no electricity” thing, haha).
Overall, I liked these books and am happy to add them to my bookshelf!