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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32,362 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia MacLachlan Narrator: Glenn Close Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna."Every-single-day," she answers."Papa too."

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An exquisite, sometimes painfully touching tale.”

    New York Times

  • “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. Through this magnificent performance, the listener is easily transported from the prairie house where Anna and Caleb wish for a mother, to Maine, where Sarah writes letters to them by the sea. 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.”


  • “An affecting tale for children…Gently explores themes of abandonment, loss, and love.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Close’s carefully unobtrusive narration showcases MacLachlan’s simple yet poetic words…A beautiful collusion of an excellent story with a perfect narrator, and a treat for all listeners.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of the 1986 Newbery Medal
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 1986 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mare | 2/17/2014

    " Set in 1800's (?)on the prairie. Told from the young girl, Anna's point of view. The story of her potential new mother, Sarsh, who answered her father's aid for a new wife. Sarah is from Maine; used to the sea and trying to decide if this potential new life is the right choice. The children like her and fear she won't choose to stay with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/16/2014

    " I've seen the movie and knew the story, but really enjoyed the book and plan on reading it to my girls. Such a simple, beautiful story of love and companionship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amber Richardson | 2/12/2014

    " It is a joy to re-read childhood books with my girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charity | 2/5/2014

    " This was a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed the innocence and goodness of the family and people described. There is so much going on under the surface that can be felt even though the author writes things plainly and with out drama. "

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