Jeanne Birdsall Writing Styles in The Penderwicks

Jeanne Birdsall
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Point of View

The Penderwicks is a story told in an omniscient viewpoint in which the story is told by an omnipotent being (the author) who knows the intimate minds of all of the characters rather than by any single character. By telling the story in this manner, the author is able to reveal details that the individual characters might not know regarding the past, present or even future activities or occurrences.

Each character is given a distinctive voice, and by writing in this style the author is able to explore sub plots that may or may not be connected to each other. For example, some of the subplots that exist include the story that Jane is writing; or the fact that she practices soccer daily as she is an important member of the soccer team at school. Another sub-plot is Jeffrey's upcoming transition to boarding school, and...

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