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Skylark (Sarah, Plain and Tall #2)

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My mother, Sarah,
doesn't love the prairie.
She tries, but she can't help
remembering what she knew first.

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 behin

Paperback, 98 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by HarperTrophy (first published 1994)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
We have a proverb in Spain that says, "Second parts are never as good." I'm afraid that is true in this case. I loved Sarah, Plain and Tall, but Skylark is a letdown. After the luminous homelike comfort of the first book, this was choppy, angry and bleah; less "after the honeymoon" and more "the morning after," hangover and all. Nobody's happy; even when the kids get to a cool green place they don't enjoy it much because they want to be back home, which they were dying to leave because of the dr ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Kylie rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, own, read-aloud
October 30, 2012: I love rereading these books with Hallie. She has really enjoyed them.

May 29, 2010: I have always love this series, ever since Miss Bleazard read it to us in third grade. It's a great and very quick read. You can read the book faster than you can watch the movie. I don't know what it is about these books but I love them. They remind me of being young and make me feel at home.
Nov 03, 2011 Leslie rated it it was amazing
I don't know why I had never read Patricia MacLachlan's Skylark until today. I have loved Sarah, Plain and Tall, for years. There is something amazing about MacLachlan's style. This book left me feeling like I could cry from the beauty of the story and the tender style of writing. I read it in about 45 minutes and enjoyed each word.
Feb 05, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
This book is the sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall. In this follow-up story, the Witting family experiences a terrible drought, and Sarah is forced to take Anna and Caleb to visit her family in Maine until rain comes on the prairie again. Another understated, yet beautiful historical tale for children.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This is the follow-up to Sarah, Plain and Tall. Sarah misses Maine, with the sea and the greenery. But now that she is married to Papa, she must write her name in the prairie soil and make it her home.
May 15, 2016 Marklessgirl rated it it was amazing
This book is so well written! I was crying so much! And the I was so overjoyed and close to crying because of that and I don't cry in all the books I read like a lot more then some people but most that I know or I guess that I have asked. Just it all is done in a way that you feel like you know them and they are like your close family. I still have not watched the movie but I will if I can find it, if it is as good as the movie for book one (cried in that one too) then I will be crying and I wil ...more
Dec 03, 2015 debbie~cr8zycat~ rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I highly recommend it. The setting in Maine (for this book) is much preferable to me than the previous setting on the prairie. Beautifully described. I'd like to hang out with Sarah and her aunts some time. This is the sequel to Sarah Plain and Tall. We grow to see what a strong woman Sarah is in the first book. This one gives us her roots and enough background to see how she develops into that woman. Her love for these two children that are not her own is fierce. Some choice ...more
Merri Platt
Oct 29, 2014 Merri Platt rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel novel to Sarah, Plain and Tall. Just like in Sarah, Plain and Tall most of the action is told by Anna the daughter of Jacob and the step-daughter of Sarah Witting. The prairie has been good to the Wittings except for this summer. The prairie is going through a very dry spell. Because of this, many of the Witting's friends are having to move because there isn't enough water for them and for their animals. The Wittings are doing pretty good but the heat is starting to get to Sar ...more
Jun 17, 2016 Myrna rated it it was amazing
I liked this book because it was interesting to learn about the prairie life in Skylark. This book was interesting because it old-fashioned, and I like old-fashioned stuff. You should read it! (Myrna, age 7)
Jun 09, 2016 Morgan rated it it was amazing
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Jessie SLG3
Apr 28, 2016 Jessie SLG3 marked it as to-read
The book Lexile number is 830L.
Amelia Strydom
Aug 13, 2016 Amelia Strydom rated it it was amazing
Like the first book in this series, Skylark is multi-layered (like onions, or ogres, for the Shrek fans). Kids of different ages will unpeel the outer layers, but even adults will enjoy it. It is a fascinating look at pioneer life on the American prairies, and, IMHO opinion, as beautiful as the Little House series. I loved the characters, even the secondary ones were well-drawn. I also marvelled at Machlachlan's way of saying so much with few words. The simplicity makes the story even more strik ...more
Feb 18, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah and Jacob are now married and Sarah is beautifully accepted as Caleb and Anna's mother. Their prairie life is facing a drought crisis. Clouds of dust and heat waves rise from the land. Well water is measured daily. The family stops taking baths and drinking water is rationed. Sarah takes Anna and Caleb to Maine for a visit; they swim in the ocean; the children get to know Sarah's eccentric relatives. Jacob stays behind to mind the farm. Anna describes their lives and the family separation ...more
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

Skylark begins with Sarah, and her new family enjoying the time they have together. However, as time goes on the rain stops coming. People around them are packing up and moving away. But, Papa’s whole life is on his farm and he won’t leave it. Sarah, Caleb, and Anna will have to endure the dry days and keep wishing for rain.

This book was just as good as the first one. I adored the relationship between the whole family, and I loved how even when times go
Aug 26, 2015 Kayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember much because I read this book a long time ago but I do remember this was a required reading book I had to do for the 4th grade I believe and it turned out to be one of those forced reads that you're actually glad you were forced to read after. It's basically about the "migration" of the pioneers and what factors forced them to have to leave their home and find new land. But it's not told in a non-fiction, biography tone, if that makes sense, it's put more in a fictional setting ...more
My 2nd grade class just read Sarah, Plain and Tall together and several of my students asked about the rest of the books in the series. I figured I'd give them a shot and see if I should add them to my classroom library or not. And this was so lovely I can't wait to share it with them.

Some Favorite Quotes:
"Sometimes, what people choose to write down on paper is more important than what they say."

The sun came up in the morning the way it always did. But everything had changed.
Jun 26, 2015 Lindsay rated it really liked it
This book was quite good. But I enjoyed the first book in the series much more. I remember having my sixth grade teacher reading Sarah Plain And Tall to us and always wanting to know what will happen next.

I actually had no idea that this was a series so when I found out I was thrilled. I liked this story and the plot but I just felt that it was not as good as the first book and I think that the book had too much descriptive scenery that not only repetitive but was already depicted in the first
Christina Baehr
Jan 06, 2015 Christina Baehr rated it it was ok
Stilted and faintly self important. A disappointment after the luminous simplicity of Sarah Plain and Tall.
Aug 07, 2016 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
This is the sequel to the Newbery Medal winner "Sarah, Plain and Tall." Anna, Caleb, and Sarah must leave the prairie because of a severe drought. Together they travel to Sarah's home on the coast of Maine. Papa, whose name is "written in the land," stays behind to look after the farm. Eventually, after rain returns to the prairie, Papa comes to Maine to bring his family home. MacLachlan uses the voice of Anna to narrate and present the story from a child's point of view. Her concise and poetic ...more
Ouida Robinson
May 04, 2015 Ouida Robinson rated it liked it
Author: Patricia MacLachlin

Title: Skylark

Plot: Sarah raises her stepchildren Anna and Caleb at their home in Kansas. They become a family. They visit Maine which was Sarah's home. They return to Kansas which is their home.

Setting: Kansas and Maine

Characters: Sarah, Papa, Anna and Caleb

Point of view: First Person

Theme: Change; Pioneer Life; New Experiences

Style: Classics; Historical Fiction; Chapter Book

Copyright: 1987

Notes: This book is a classic. I enjoyed reading it and I would like to read o
After reading the THIRD book in this series I realized I had not reviewed or even marked this one as read. So, I am writing this with a slightly tainted view knowing what happens in the third book with a commitment to read the five in the series. The second book is a real and hard look at some tought time on the prairie of the west. Dought. People leaving their lands. Sacrifice.

And in literary fashion... a delightful ending. But the pain and fear is all there.

When you are done... do yourself a f
Aug 18, 2015 Darlene rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children of all ages.
Recommended to Darlene by: Cheryllr of CC NV
This is my second read of this little book. It seems I read it in 2007. (See BCID 701-5283303) But since it was sitting here where I am house sitting, I thought I'd read it again.

I have to admit to relating to this book more now than I did back then. With my life about to change like Sarah's, moving to a new area, um, that is feeling the results of this draught. But the sky is the main calling as it was for Sarah and her family.

It's a quiet, sweet, poetic book that might make a
May 04, 2011 Josiah rated it it was ok
This sweet story, sequel to the award-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall, is written with the same spirit of plain beauty and love that marks the earlier volume. I would say, in fact, that Skylark perhaps even surpasses its predecessor in terms of quality, with a longer, more involved story (by about thirty pages) that allows the fullness of the characters to come out a little bit more. It's easier to tell a deep story in eighty-seven pages than it is to tell it in fifty-eight, and Skylark takes adv ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
I read 'Sarah, Plain and Tall' last year, and enjoyed the simple story of a young woman and the family who falls in love with her. At that time, I did not realise that there were other books about Sarah, Jacob, Anna, and Caleb. I'm so glad I happened across the fact that this was a series.
I really liked the second book, 'Skylark'. In it, Sarah and her family are facing a severe drought that is taking over the prairie where they live. When asked if he would stay or leave if the drought worsened,

This short book (only 87 pages) is the perfect sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall. Sarah, once a mail-order bride from Maine, now is almost integrated into family life on the harsh prairie. But prolonged drought and other natural conditions deteriorate to the extent that she takes her instant children, Anna and Caleb, on a nostalgic (for her at least) trip back East, to share her roots with them.

This story is narrated in the first person by Anna, daughter of farmer J
Dec 18, 2015 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, read-aloud
Third time around for this book too. I don't know that I can ever actually do the reading for these books. Glen Close does a fabulous job that I think Sarah, Annie, Caleb, and Jacob would lose some of themselves if I did the reading.

As for the book itself, it's not quite as good as the first in the series. But wonderful just the same. MacLachlan does such a fabulous job at portraying childhood fears without pandering to those fears. And, another perfect ending.
Oct 11, 2013 Patti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Skylark”, the sequel to “Sarah, Plain and Tall” is just as wonderful as the first!

Continuing the story of Sarah and Jacob, now happily husband and wife are faced with difficult challenges on the prairie. Sarah is not only “a fish out of her beloved Atlantic seashore” but there are many new things she must learn as a prairie wife and stepmother. How different this new life is for her! With determination, Sarah is a willing participant and strives to do her best, to become part of the land that h
Kimberly OutspokenMom
Apr 14, 2013 Kimberly OutspokenMom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile

This short book (only 87 pages) is the perfect sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall. Sarah, once a mail-order bride from Maine, now is almost integrated into family life on the harsh prairie. But prolonged drought and other natural conditions deteriorate to the extent that she takes her instant children, Anna and Caleb, on a nostalgic (for her at least) trip back East, to share her roots with them.
This story is narrated in the first person by Anna, daughter of farmer Jacob. But how to blend love of t
Aug 17, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan is the sequel to the author’s award-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall, which was a favorite book and movie for me as a child. I picked up a cheap copy of the novel for my wife’s classroom library, but before she took it, I read it on a whim, just wanting to see if it had the same sort of simple lyricism as Sarah, Plain and Tall. It did.

In Skylark, Sarah and Jacob’s farm has been suffering from a prolonged drought, putting their livelihoods in danger and laying a melan
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Patricia MacLachlan is a bestselling U.S. children's author, best known for winning the 1986 Newbery Medal for her book Sarah, Plain and Tall.

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Sarah, Plain and Tall (5 books)
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“Sometimes, what people choose to write down on paper is more important than what they say."

Caleb didn't know what Sarah meant. But I knew. I wrote in my journal every night. And when I read what I had written, I could see myself there, clearer than when I looked in the mirror. I could see all of us: Papa, who couldn't always say the things he felt; Caleb, who said everything; and Sarah, who didn't know that she had changed us all.”
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