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Title: Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan
Notable: Book #2 in the Sarah, Plain and Tall series
Sarah and Papa have been married a year, and Anna and Caleb have come to know Sarah as their mother. However, hard times hit when there is a drought on the prairie. Can Sarah cope with the difficulties of prairie life, or will she return home to her beloved Maine?
Like the first book in the series, this one is also short and to the point. Through a relatively simple story, MacLachlan goes straight to the heart in examining the topics of family, hardship and commitment.
Life on the prairie ends up being harder than Sarah ever imagined, and she’s not sure if she can cope with the prolonged drought which threatens their home, livestock and very existence. I enjoyed seeing the children’s relationship with Sarah’s relatives develop. Even though they left the prairie to visit Sarah’s family, they felt secure in the knowledge that Sarah saw them as her children and didn’t simply leave them behind. The development at the end cements their status as a family even more. No spoilers!
I recommend Skylark to young people who enjoy stories about early American settlers.
- One of Sarah’s aunts goes skinny-dipping
Rating: 4 Stars
Until next time…
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