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What a change from two years earlier, when the Vanderbeeker family's landlord was a cranky recluse living a solitary life in his top-floor apartment. Now the five Vanderbeeker children: teen twins Isa and Jessie, Oliver (the only boy), knitting-mad Hyacinth, and little Laney are helping Mr. Beiderman train for the New York City marathon. But their excitement is tempered by a bombshell: the identity of the homeless person living in the shed in the neighborhood's communal garden. It's someone they both know and love, and they'd do anything to keep this person from leaving their neighborhood and possibly leaving them forever. In the meantime, Hyacinth is unsure of how to make new friends at school, and Isa worries that a boy she likes may not like her any longer.
Amid the joy that is always around when the Vanderbeekers assemble, the kids have to face some hard truths about all families not being like theirs. And, even more daunting, is that something I feared in THE VANDERBEEKERS TO THE RESCUE has come to pass. If you are reading this to a child, please note there is a death in this book and be prepared. It's beautifully related but terribly sad and made me cry. The children are given an opportunity to prepare, participate, and grieve in their own way, which is as it should be instead of being protected from life's inevitable truths.
I love this beautiful family! The Vanderbeekers discreetly help their neighbors and friends, improve their Harlem neighborhood, and solve problems with love and compassion. I can't wait for the next installment!
My daughter loves the Vanderbeekers book series. As each one comes out we get her the new one and she’s usually done with it within a few days. It’s child friendly and so far nothing inappropriate that parents need to worry about as their children read it.
This series continues to be excellent. One of my favorite things about the fall season is getting to read a new book about the Vanderbeekers. It is such a treat to live in Brooklyn vicariously through these books.
I read all 4 Vanderbeeker books with my 8 yo daughter. These characters are wonderful role models. Loving parents, caring siblings, creativity, diversity and empathy. Great conversation starters for kids. Loved these so much and will always remember reading them with my child.