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Title: Grandfather’s Dance by Patricia MacLachlan
Notable: Book #5 in the Sarah, Plain and Tall series
This story picks up a short while after the previous one left off. Jack is now a toddler/preschooler and acts just like his grandpa, John. Cassie has come to terms with the family’s new addition and she can’t help but love her little brother. Anna and Justin finally marry, which necessitates a visit from the Maine relatives. The joyous mood is short-lived, however, when tragedy strikes.
Well, I finally finished the Sarah, Plain and Tall series! It’s a bittersweet ending because I always feel sad when a story featuring some of my favorite characters comes to an end.
In this book, little Jack fairly worships the ground his grandfather walks on and tries to emulate him in all he does. Poor grandfather is finding it harder and harder to keep up with the rest of the family because of his failing health. Each family member has to confront the prospect of a future spent without their father/grandfather, and come to terms with that eventuality.
This is a good story for introducing kids to mortality and helping them see that death is an unavoidable part of life. For kids who might be facing the loss of a grandparent, I think this could be a very cathartic read. I’ll confess–it made me cry.
I recommend Grandfather’s Dance to kids who are reading beginner chapter books, or as a touching family read aloud.
Rating: 4 Stars
Until next time…