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Skylark
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Skylark
Sarah, Plain and Tall Series, Book 2

The second book in the series that began with the Newbery Medal–winning Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.

My mother, Sarah, doesn't love the prairie. She tries, but she can't help remembering what she knew first.

Sarah came to the prairie from Maine to marry Papa. But that summer, a drought turned the land dry and brown. Fires swept across the fields and coyotes came to the well in search of water. So Sarah took Anna and Caleb back east, where they would be safe. Papa stayed behind. He would not leave his land.

Maine was beautiful, but Anna missed home, and Papa. And as the weeks went by, she began to wonder what would happen if the rains never came. Would she and Caleb and Sarah and Papa ever be a family again?

The second book in the series that began with the Newbery Medal–winning Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.

My mother, Sarah, doesn't love the prairie. She tries, but she can't help remembering what she knew first.

Sarah came to the prairie from Maine to marry Papa. But that summer, a drought turned the land dry and brown. Fires swept across the fields and coyotes came to the well in search of water. So Sarah took Anna and Caleb back east, where they would be safe. Papa stayed behind. He would not leave his land.

Maine was beautiful, but Anna missed home, and Papa. And as the weeks went by, she began to wonder what would happen if the rains never came. Would she and Caleb and Sarah and Papa ever be a family again?

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  • Lexile:
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  • Text Difficulty:
    2 - 3

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About the Author-
  • Patricia MacLachlan (1938-2022) was the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. She was also the author of many beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Anna continues to be the lead storyteller in this sequel to SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL, and Glenn Close carries through with her expert performance. Staying true to the characters developed in the first story, this is a seamless extension of the saga. As the story unfolds, a drought threatens the family and the farm. Caleb becomes a stronger voice, and a well-done cast of new characters make their entrance into the tale. Close carries the listener off into Sarah's world where she meets problems head-on. The emotions, tension, and drama are all enhanced by this exquisite narration. Adults and children alike will easily fall in love with this audiobook, its prequel and sequel. D.L.M. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 28, 1994
    The magnificent sequel to MacLachlan's Newbery-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall opens on a joyous note: ``Papa married Sarah on a summer day. There were no clouds in the sky, and Papa picked Sarah up in his arms and whirled her around and around, her white dress and veil surrounding him like the summer wind. Caleb was so excited and happy that he burst into tears. Everybody was happy.'' But the cloudless sky is not a good omen. A devastating drought descends on the prairie; Anna, the narrator, and her brother, Caleb, dream of rain, and the boy puts a glass out on the fence post to catch the drops when they fall. But none do. As wells dry up and neighbors move away, Sarah is increasingly on edge, not so firmly rooted as her husband, Jacob. She cries out that Jacob ``once said his name was written in this land, but mine isn't. It isn't!'' After the barn burns one night--struck by lightning, ironically unaccompanied by rain--Sarah takes the children to stay with her aunts in Maine. Though enchanted by the verdancy and the sea, Anna and Caleb miss the prairie terribly. And they all long to see Jacob again. He finally comes to Maine, with word that rain has fallen back home. Sarah has news, too: she expects a baby in the spring. When the family returns to the farm, Sarah takes a stick and writes her name in the dirt. Recalling the letters Jacob wrote to her before she first arrived on the prairie, Sarah tells Anna, ``I loved what was between the lines most.'' Indeed, there is a great deal found between the lines of MacLachlan's own writing, which so neatly presents a very real setting and enormously powerful characters, yet leaves spaces for readers to fill in as they like. This stirring novel's flawlessly crafted dialogue and imagery linger long after the final, hopeful message is delivered--by Caleb, who looks ahead to the spring, when flowers will return, the river will run again, and Sarah will have ``our baby.'' There are worlds in MacLachlan's words. Ages 8-10. 50,000 first printing.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 1994
    Gr 3-5-The Wittings-Sarah and Jacob, Caleb and Anna-return in the sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall (HarperCollins, 1985). Life on the prairie has become exceedingly difficult; many of the family's friends and neighbors are leaving because of a drought. Although Jacob insists they will not leave-because "Our names are written in this land"-the children are quick to worry, knowing that Sarah, who hails from Maine, may not feel the same commitment to the farm. After a fire destroys their barn, Sarah and the children journey east to visit her family for the summer. The contrast in climate and scenery on the coast at first distracts the children, but even the long-sought-after rain cannot comfort them as they wonder whether they will all be together again. When Jacob arrives suddenly one day, he and Sarah announce that they will have a baby in the spring, and the family returns to their farm. There Sarah writes her name in the prairie dirt. MacLachlan's prose is as lyrical and graceful as ever. Packed with meaning and portent, each sentence shows the careful touch of a master of understatement. Brief passages from Anna's journal enhance the emotional intensity of the book, and build on the childlike perspective presented in the first-person narrative. MacLachlan's sure hand in Skylark will undoubtedly win her many new readers.-Ellen Fader, Oregon State Library, Salem

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