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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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