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Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan
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There is nothing wrong with these books, they're sweet, the characters are pleasant, but they're just so, so very slight. Almost nothing happens--I feel this could have eaten up about 2 chapters in a different novel. My e-version even misled me as to its length, since after Skylark ended the file was padded with samples from not just the next in the series, but the next three! It's a sweet, short story, but if you're looking for a novel to sink your teeth into you won't find this filling enough.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s) ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Sep 19, 2018 |
A one day read, a little over 200 pages. Translated from the Hungarian. The author lived 1885 to 1936. Takes place in 1899. An old couple’s old maid of a daughter goes away for a week, to visit family. The old couple, at first bereft at the absence of their unexciting and uninteresting daughter, soon surprise themselves by discovering a social world outside of their reclusive home. They rediscover old friends, restaurants, the theatre. It is a comic novel — his descriptions of the daughter in particular are cutting, yet all done in a style of “I calls ‘em as I sees ‘em” A gently comic novel, with unerringly accurate and insightful descriptions of motives, relationships. Best of all were his descriptions of the ugly old maid daughter of the old couple. ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
Skylark by Patricia Maclachlan is a sequel to Sarah Plain and Tall, and here I got to catch up with the family that was such a delight to read about. In this book, the family is feeling complete, strong and happy in their being together and now having Sarah as their wife and mother. But things are not perfect, there is trouble however in the lack of rain. This is the prairies and crops, animals and people rely on the rain to supply the water that is needed. As the drought goes on, and neighbours around them are pulling out the tension increases. Eventually the father, Jacob, decides it will be best if Sarah takes the children to visit her aunts in Maine on an extended holiday.

At first Sarah and the children delight in the greenness of Maine and the happiness of being with the relatives. They are amazed by the ocean and much of their time on the beach or out in a boat. But as the newness wears off, they all start to miss Jacob and their home. As time passes, they become more and more concerned about when they will be able to go home. Of course, Jacob is missing them tremendously and comes for them as soon as rain finally arrives on the prairies.

This book is a very quick read, being about100 pages, but it reminds one of the strength and comfort one finds in family. The author has a flair for being able to paint life’s tender moments in a true and touching manner. Quite simply Skylark was a joy to read. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Aug 2, 2015 |
Part 2 of 3 part story
  MarieWG | Jun 5, 2015 |
This book would be good to use when talking about the early 19th century. I think students would like this book because of the characters and how they struggle with the drought. ( )
  Kate_Schulte078 | May 4, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064406229, Paperback)

In this stunning sequel to Newbery Medal winner Sarah, Plain and Tall, Anna and Caleb travel with their new mother, Sarah, to Maine to take refuge from the prairie drought, a journey that teaches them the power of family to transcend distances.

Ages 8 - 10

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:05 -0400)

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When a drought tests the commitment of a mail-order bride from Maine to her new home on the prairie, her stepchildren hope they will be able to remain a family.

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