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Patricia MacLachlan (1938–2022)

Author of Sarah, Plain and Tall

88+ Works 33,551 Members 944 Reviews 14 Favorited

About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming on March 3, 1938. She received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1962 and taught English at a junior high school until 1979. She began writing picture books and novels at the age of thirty-five. Her works include The Facts and Fictions of show more Minna Pratt, Skylark, Caleb's Story, Grandfather's Dance, Three Names, All the Places to Love, Before You Came, Cat Talk, and Snowflakes Fall. She won the Golden Kite Award for Arthur, for the Very First Time and the 1986 Newbery Medal for Sarah, Plain and Tall. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Patricia MacLachlan

Sarah, Plain and Tall (1985) 11,183 copies, 288 reviews
Skylark (1994) 3,280 copies, 30 reviews
Caleb's Story (1985) 2,354 copies, 15 reviews
Baby (1993) 1,261 copies, 19 reviews
All the Places to Love (1994) 1,228 copies, 44 reviews
More Perfect than the Moon (2004) 1,067 copies, 10 reviews
Journey (1991) 847 copies, 11 reviews
Three Names (1991) 679 copies, 5 reviews
Arthur, For the Very First Time (1980) 674 copies, 7 reviews
Through Grandpa's Eyes (1979) 579 copies, 13 reviews
The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt (1988) 554 copies, 10 reviews
Seven Kisses in a Row (1983) 517 copies, 7 reviews
Grandfather's Dance (Sarah, Plain and Tall) (2006) 484 copies, 8 reviews
Waiting for the Magic (2011) — Author — 441 copies, 19 reviews
The True Gift (2009) 434 copies, 10 reviews
Cassie Binegar (1980) 418 copies, 5 reviews
What You Know First (1995) 405 copies, 10 reviews
Edward's Eyes (2007) 401 copies, 21 reviews
Once I Ate a Pie (2006) 397 copies, 52 reviews
The Poet's Dog (2016) 391 copies, 25 reviews
White Fur Flying (2013) 359 copies, 23 reviews
Snowflakes Fall (2013) 351 copies, 12 reviews
Word After Word After Word (2010) 346 copies, 15 reviews
Kindred Souls (2012) 326 copies, 22 reviews
Barkus (2017) 239 copies, 3 reviews
I Didn't Do It (2010) 193 copies, 39 reviews
Unclaimed Treasures (1984) 166 copies, 1 review
Fly Away (2014) 156 copies, 7 reviews
Tomorrow's Wizard (1982) 151 copies, 2 reviews
The Truth of Me (2013) 133 copies, 12 reviews
You Were the First (2013) 126 copies, 16 reviews
Painting the Wind (2003) 124 copies, 2 reviews
Just Dance (2017) 116 copies, 5 reviews
Nora's Chicks (2013) 106 copies, 16 reviews
The Hundred-Year Barn (2019) 101 copies, 3 reviews
Cat Talk (2013) 90 copies, 19 reviews
My Father's Words (2018) 81 copies, 5 reviews
Prairie Days (2014) 76 copies, 5 reviews
The Sick Day (1979) 75 copies, 8 reviews
Bittle (2004) 70 copies, 12 reviews
Mama One, Mama Two (1982) 69 copies, 1 review
Snow Horses: A First Night Story (2022) 65 copies, 4 reviews
The Moon's Almost Here (2016) 65 copies, 3 reviews
Fiona Loves the Night (2007) 61 copies, 2 reviews
Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby (2011) 60 copies, 6 reviews
Who Loves Me? (2005) 55 copies, 10 reviews
Before You Came (1900) 55 copies, 13 reviews
Dream Within a Dream (2019) 50 copies, 5 reviews
Sarah, Plain and Tall: The Complete Collection [DVD] (1991) — Writer; Writer — 46 copies
Someone Like Me (2017) 44 copies, 2 reviews
Wondrous Rex (2020) 43 copies, 2 reviews
Chicken Talk (2019) 42 copies, 1 review
Barkus Dog Dreams (2018) 37 copies
It's Fun To Be Five (2000) — Editor — 36 copies
Little Robot Alone (2018) 35 copies, 2 reviews
Skylark [1993 TV movie] (1993) — Author — 26 copies
My Life Begins! (2022) 25 copies, 1 review
When Grandfather Flew (2021) 22 copies, 4 reviews
My Poet (2022) 21 copies, 3 reviews
A Secret Shared (2021) 21 copies, 1 review
Baby / Journey (2007) 18 copies
Painting the Game (2024) 6 copies
Primo amore (1998) 4 copies
Skylark 1 copy

Associated Works

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contributor — 358 copies, 8 reviews
It's Great To Be Eight (1997) — Contributor — 274 copies, 1 review
It's Heaven To Be Seven (2000) — Contributor — 205 copies, 2 reviews
The Big Book For Our Planet (1993) — Contributor — 135 copies
It's Fine To Be Nine (2000) — Contributor — 124 copies
Acting Out (2008) — Contributor — 67 copies, 3 reviews
Dragons & Dreams: A Collection of New Fantasy and Science Fiction Stories (1986) — Contributor — 42 copies, 2 reviews

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{My Thoughts} – This a a neat little poetry like book about dogs. The short little poems describe each of the dogs. It is amazing how different each dog can be in terms of the things they like, their background, their job, their personality and more. This book helps children to know that each dog is different but they are each special in their own ways.

The words within the book go hand and hand with the illustrations. The illustrations help to bring the words on the pages into a more believable perspective. I really enjoyed it because I like animals and I like poetry. I can’t wait until I let my children read it, because I am certain they will enjoy it also.… (more)
 
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Zapkode | 51 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
{My Thoughts} – Jacob is the father to Anna and Caleb. They have been doing their best to make ends meet around their property without the help of a woman. But Jacob has decided that he is lonely and he does want the help of a woman so he puts an add in the paper asking for a wife. It doesn’t take long for him to get a reply from a lady named Sarah. Sarah is not your typical woman though. She likes to do things for herself and she has lots of beliefs in independence. So once she gets her bearings she asks Jacob to teach her how to plow the fields, how to drive the wagon and how to ride a horse. She picks it all up very quickly.

All of Sarah’s independence starts to worry Anna and Caleb though. They think she wants to learn all this stuff so that she can leave them and not come back. They think that she misses her home in Maine and isn’t interested in being their dad’s new wife and their new mother. Does Sarah want to go back home? Does she want to be married? Does she want to be stuck in a land far from everything she’s familiar with? Does she want to become a mother to two children that are quickly growing up? I suppose you will need to read the book to find out.

My daughter had brought this book home, because she needed to read it for her AR program at school. I decided to read it with her, and I must say it is a nice little story. I may need to track down the other four books to this series sometime in the future.

If you like books similar to that of the Little House on the Prairie I am quite certain you will enjoy this book as well.
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Zapkode | 287 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
Cute story of a family who does animal rescue and the new neighbors who move in next door. Not much depth for an adult read, but should be fine for the target audience of younger children.
 
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fuzzi | 22 other reviews | Apr 18, 2024 |
Grandma and grandchild are half a world apart, but she reminds him that they still see the same moon.

A sweet/bittersweet tale that will personally touch many of us who live far away from our families.
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fuzzi | 12 other reviews | Mar 29, 2024 |

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Rating
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ISBNs
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