Title: Life With Lily
Author: Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher
Series: The Adventures of Lily Lapp, book 1
Major Themes: Amish, Farm Life
Synopsis: A young Amish girl has many adventures as she goes through life with her family.
As I’ve said many times, I don’t, as a rule, like books classed as Amish fiction. That goes for children’s books as well as adult books. I do, however, enjoy Life With Lily and the other books in the series. I think that what makes the difference is that the author is telling the story of her own life. I have read her blog, in which she tells stories from her life, and recognize many of the stories in this book from there. My children love that this is basically a true story, too! I wasn’t sure how they would react, since this is a story about a girl and I have mostly boys, but they are enjoying it.
Lily has a happy life with her parents and two little brothers. This story begins when she is only 5 years old, and describes about two years of her life. Sometimes she visits her grandparents and their harness shop, and spends time with her aunt who has Down’s Syndrome and makes a wonderful playmate. There are also adventures as Lily’s parents fix up an old farm and build a barn—and one day, Papa’s shovel disappeared underground!
There are troubles with neighbors, and Mama and Papa show Lily by example how to love your enemies. After Lily started school, she had to practice loving her enemies even more as she learned to know Mandy Mast better. Later, she got to help Mama sell baked goods and made a new friend in town, and another time the whole family went on a trip to visit relatives. Eventually, however, church troubles came up and Papa and Mama went house hunting. Lily was quite sure that moving was a bad idea—but would anyone listen to her?
This book is a delightful glimpse at a little girl’s life. There isn’t a connected plot through the book, but each chapter can almost stand alone. I really enjoyed the stories, and seeing how Lily’s family worked and played together. This book is a good choice for children who enjoy reading about the real lives of other children, or who like stories about farm life.
Listening Level—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12, Family Friendly
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12