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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia MacLachlan Narrator: Glenn Close Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9780060818296
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“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. The characters all return for another important episode in their lives, but the story is narrated by Caleb, which offers a new perspective.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An exquisite, sometimes painfully touching tale.” 

    New York Times

  • “MacLachlan...has written an affecting tale for children...The tale gently explores themes of abandonment, loss, and love.” 

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Glenn Close performs this wonderful tale just as it should be. Her melodious voice, combined with the musical interludes that mark transitions, lends a magical quality to the story. [A] magnificent performance...The regional accents are done well, and the characterizations are true to the author’s intent. This is a moving tale of the simple joys in life. It is hard to imagine there could be a better match between reader and story.” 


  • “A book that is filed with wisdom, gentle humor, and the practical concerns necessary for a satisfying life.”  

    School Library Journal

  • Glenn Close narrates Patricia MacLachlan’s beautiful novels on this fine audio collection...Close, who played the role of Sarah in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of the first book, creates distinct voices for each character without ever resorting to theatrics...A beautiful collusion of an excellent story with a perfect narrator, and a treat for all listeners.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Newbery Medal
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About the Author
Author Patricia MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb’s Story; More Perfect than the Moon; Grandfather’s Dance; and Word After Word After Word. She is also the author of many much-loved picture books, including Three Names; All the Places to Love; What You Know First; Painting the Wind; Bittle; Who Loves Me?; Once I Ate a Pie; I Didn’t Do It; and Before You Came, several of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily.

About the Narrator

Glenn Close is best known for her many Oscar-nominated roles in film, including the psychotic mistress in Fatal Attraction and in an Emmy-winning role on FX’s Damages. In her career she has been Oscar-nominated five times, won three Tony awards, an Obie, three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.