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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,935 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia MacLachlan Narrator: Glenn Close Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9780061800146
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Sarah came to the prairie from Maine to marry Papa. But that summer, a drought turned the land dry and brown. Fires swept across the fields and coyotes came to the well in search of water. So Sarah took Anna and Caleb back east, where they would be safe. Papa stayed behind. He would not leave his land.

Maine was beautiful, but Anna missed home, and Papa. And as the weeks went by, she began to wonder what would happen if the rains never came. Would she and Caleb and Sarah and Papa ever be a family again?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “MacLachlan packs a lot into this spare tale and never diverges from the child's point of view, even when showing adult behavior. The happy result is emotional impact without cloying sentimentality.”

    Booklist

  • “MacLachlan's prose is as lyrical and graceful as ever. Packed with meaning and portent…each sentence shows the careful touch of a master.”

    School Library Journal

  • Skylark is one sequel that is as successful as the original.”

    The Horn Book

  • “Just as in Sarah, Plain and Tall, MacLachlan's style is terse, poetic and underscored with deep feelings for her characters.”

    Children’s Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KatieLynn | 2/20/2014

    " Skylark was another book about Sarah, Caleb, Anna, and Papa. In this book, just as Sarah ajusts to the new country life, a sudden drought starts. Duststorms come often, and a fire starts across the plains-ruining Sarah and her family's property. Sarah then is able to travel to Maine where it is raining and beautiful. Another beautiful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosanne | 2/18/2014

    " I loved this sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall! The writing is simple yet beautiful. It is a very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda (Cirque Du Freak Freak) | 2/17/2014

    " This one is not as good as Sarah Plain and Tall. I read Sarah Plain and Tall when I was in 2nd grade. I loved that book so very much and when I found out there were more I had to read them. This one was not as good as the first but it was still pretty cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sydneyp | 2/10/2014

    " Sarah is really calm in the book and she is really pretty. I read it because my teacher read Sarah Plain and Tall in the classroom, so I wanted to go to the library to get the book-- but instead I saw Skylark, so I wanted to read that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora | 2/6/2014

    " Yet another great book we read this summer! I love how vivid MacLachlan gets describing her surroundings! Grace loved whenever she mentioned the Sea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caryn | 1/21/2014

    " I saw the films before I read these books... big mistake! I think it affected me when I read the book. I am just not a Glenn Close fan. Sorry! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Petersen | 1/17/2014

    " Of course, you have to read this one after Sarah, Plain and Tall. Really great children's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/16/2014

    " The second in the "Sarah" series. The story of how a pioneer family survives a drought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosalee | 1/13/2014

    " Great story about life on the plains and the importance of working together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 12/20/2013

    " i loved it so much!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Errica | 12/18/2013

    " Great young adult books. Quick, easy reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 12/10/2013

    " Interesting book about a family on a farm who have to deal with a drought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/6/2013

    " This is my third favorite of the Sarah, Plain and Tall stories. First is the original tale, second is Caleb's Story. This woman tells a better story in 100 pages or less than most authors do in 500. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 11/16/2013

    " This is the sequel to Sarah Plain and Tall and I just found out there was one. It was just as good as the first one. It is another kids book on my list. :o) Some of my favorite books are kids books, I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey Hanna | 11/15/2013

    " Skylark is the sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall. The story begins with Sarah and Jacob getting married. There is a terrible drought so Sarah takes the children to Maine, while Jacob stays behind. Jacob goes to Maine to get his family after the drought is over and the story has a very happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nastya | 7/21/2013

    " I like this book, because it's not difficult and not easy. I nothing learned from this book, because there isn't much information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 6/27/2013

    " Book 2 of Sarah, Plain and Tall series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/23/2013

    " My kids will enjoy this one too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ally | 2/17/2013

    " It was alright. Very short and to the point. Ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 12/10/2012

    " I love this series! What a wonderful story. I am so glad to have finally been able to read this treasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookwoman67 | 10/26/2012

    " It's hard to live up to Sarah Plain and Tall, but this is pretty good for a sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheri | 8/25/2012

    " Read with kids that struggle to read on level. They were lukewarm about this book. But the story was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teri | 8/25/2012

    " This is the second book to Sarah Plain and Tall--and it too is lacking too much detail to make a good story. blah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Paulson | 7/25/2012

    " Since I read book 1 of the series, figured might want to read book 2 as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 7/10/2012

    " First time I've read this one. I was familiar with the story because of the Hallmark movie, but it's really good to get this one under my belt. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 5/23/2012

    " If you liked Sarah Plain and Tall you will like Skylark. It's a short book about the same family after Sarah and Jacob's marriage, about a drought and a visit to Maine to visit Sarah's family. Very nice sweet book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michellesiegel | 4/22/2012

    " The second in the series. The story of how the family survives the prairie drought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misa | 1/20/2012

    " Touching but not at all cheesy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 11/9/2011

    " This is the next book after Sarah plain and tall. Another good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 11/4/2011

    " A. loved it ("can I give it a hundred stars?"), but I thought it was plodding and uninspired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Payne | 9/25/2011

    " I read this book following Sarah Plain and Tall and I didn't find it as good as Sarah Plain and Tall. Skylark continues the story, but not with the same depth and feeling as Sarah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/4/2011

    " #2 in the series...so good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justine | 4/3/2011

    " I loved this book! It was much better than the first one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 2/22/2011

    " Just as sweet and touching as it's prequel - Sara, Plain and Tall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/8/2010

    " I thought this was a very sweet and simple book talking about family relationships. It is a happy book that warms your heart when you read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annagrace | 11/12/2010

    " Just finished reading this and Sarah, Plain and Tall to Penelope. She didn't want me to stop reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avalon | 10/21/2010

    " I liked this book because they travel just like my family. It was so nice that Pappa stayed home during the drought then came and got the family when it was over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 10/18/2010

    " Skylark is the sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall. The story begins with Sarah and Jacob getting married. There is a terrible drought so Sarah takes the children to Maine, while Jacob stays behind. Jacob goes to Maine to get his family after the drought is over and the story has a very happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 10/8/2010

    " I just loved this sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall. I really like the way the author writes. It's so simple yet poetic and beautiful at the same time. I loved the reality of the story. And the way it unfolds through a child's eyes. Another great book to share with my kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 8/28/2010

    " A. loved it ("can I give it a hundred stars?"), but I thought it was plodding and uninspired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Errica | 8/2/2010

    " Great young adult books. Quick, easy reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaundell | 7/25/2010

    " This is the sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall. I like this book much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misa | 6/29/2010

    " Touching but not at all cheesy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 5/6/2010

    " I love these books and have never come across anything quite like them. It's not the words that are in the book that make it so great, but the words that aren't there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 3/26/2010

    " This book was good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juan M. | 3/23/2010

    " It was simply a magical little book. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia MacLachlanPatricia MacLachlan is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s Story; Edward’s Eyes; The True Gift; Waiting for the Magic; White Fur Flying; and Fly Away. She lives in western Massachusetts.
About the Narrator
Glenn Close starred in the Emmy-nominated Hallmark Hall of Fame version of Sarah, Plain and Tall. An Academy Award nominee, Ms. Close has distinguished herself in such critically acclaimed films as The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction, and Dangerous Liaisons.