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Baby by Patricia MacLachlan
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Dec 19, 2011

it was amazing
Read in December, 2011

One of the advantages of volunteering in an elementary school library is the amazing stash of books there are to be discovered. Especially of one's children are in their late 40s and no longer bringing home stuff from the public library.

"Baby" (1993) is one of those on-two-levels stories, although not in the same way as Saint Exupéry's The Little Prince".

12 year old Larkin comes home from school early in the autumn to find a baby in a carry-basket, left in the driveway of her home. There is a note with the baby that indicates that the mother has been watching the family and knows that they will be good to her baby (Sophie-- I'm sure MacLachlan chose that name for its meaning). That she will come back for Sophie as soon as she can.

The impact on the family, in light of the recent loss of their own baby, in light of a maturing daughter whose parents don't yet see her maturity, comes out slowly and gently.

This is a sweet tale of love and understanding written with no condescension to the young reader it is aimed at.
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