"I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall," Sarah writes Papa. And so begins the journey for Sarah, Papa, Anna, and Caleb in Patricia MacLachlan's masterpiece, Sarah, Plain and Tall.
In Skylark, a drought turns the land dry and brown and Sarah takes Anna and Caleb back to the city as Papa stays behind. Will the family ever be reunited?
Caleb's Story continues the saga of Sarah and her family on the prairie. All the beloved characters return for another important episode in their lives, this time narrated by Caleb, offering a new perspective.
The 4 hours and 22 minutes includes Sarah, Plain and Tall and Caleb's Story, and an interview with the author. But there was no Skylark.
What was there was excellent, both the story and the narration. My six year old and nine year old listened raptly, as did I. I liked that it had a complicated family (mail order bride becomes a step mother), and complicated emotions, painted against a prairie farm back drop. It feels true.
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This is in the vain of Little House on the Prairie but more grown up. There were real emotions shared with the characters
A story of family of a different time in history. A story of love, blended families , relationships and the importance of forgiveness. Recommend for any age.
It's beautifully narrated by Glen Close and a love story that shows h ow one family survives when the odds are against them.
Loved it. It was a great audible book. It reminded me of the movies. Thank you.
This collection of three stories is delightful; I didn't know anything about 'Skylark' and 'Caleb's Story' so these were bonus treats for me. Lovely performance by Glenn Close.
Any additional comments?
I have always loved Glenn Close and she fleshed out what was a bit of a plain (three way pun intended) story. I remember reading the first of these books when I was just starting on chapter books and I was a but underwhelmed even then. My young niece and I listened to about half of the selection on our way to and from her summer day camp but I was so captivated by GC's story telling that I finished the rest of it myself after the trips had ceased.
What made the experience of listening to Sarah, Plain and Tall Audio Collection the most enjoyable?
The feeling of hearing the children as real children, natural, vulnerable and brave enough to love, drew me right in. The slow warm growing of trust, and again, courage to love, and to find new ways of being together, a new family, and each part of it also an integral, developing being. Even the farm!And of course, Glenn Close reading to me. I could trust her voice to carry me through the rich textures with nary a false note. She reads, it feels, from the inside out.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Sarah is my favourite - a role model too. How she sees clearly, thinks for herself, makes courageous decisions for her life and relationships, expresses grief without pretending, and gives each person and creature time to get to know and trust her. She lives, it seemed to me, from a clear inner core of self-knowledge and inner security to risk comfort and love.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The crayons - taking the sea with me...
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