Penelope Lumley anticipates a bright future in her first position as a governess for a family of quality. She dreams of teaching Latin, geography, and poetry to children who are bright and eager to learn. The children are eager to learn, but they were also literally raised by wolves. Alexander and Beowulf must learn how to fasten trousers. Cassiopeia must stop howling and barking. All three children must learn to observe squirrels without chasing them up the nearest tree.
Luckily, Miss Lumley has a fondness for children and animals. With patience and love, she teaches these children of Ashton place what it means to be human children. But have they learned enough to attend Lady Constance's Christmas Ball? Miss Penelope Lumley and the Incorrigible Children are delightful characters that will capture readers' hearts. Their adventures will entertain a wide variety of ages making this book perfect for reading as a family. I listened to an excellent audiobook read by Katherine Kelgren which I highly recommend. Although the premise of the book is a little dark (wild children found in the woods) the writing and characterization keep the book light and appropriate even for younger ages.