Three young children are found in the woods by a wealthy landowner, Frederick Ashton. They need a governess so along comes Miss Penelope Lumley from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. She believes she is going to teach Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia Latin and Geography and such, but really she ends up teaching them to talk and not chase squirrels. They are bright children and she soon finds herself caring for them. This is the beginning of a series and it is certainly delightful. There is a lot of mystery surrounding both Lumley and the children and really the Ashtons. Non of these mysteries are solved by the end of the book, which I usually hate, but in this case found was ok. Hopefully these questions will be answered in the next few books: Who are the children and where did they come from? Where did Penelope come from? Who set up the children at the party? What is behind the mysterious wall? Why is Penelope and Cassiopeia’s hair the same color? What does Old Timothy know? I guess I’ll have to read the rest of the series to find out.