Patricia MacLachlan: Book Reviews and Videos

by sheilamarie

Award-winning children's author Patricia MacLachlan is beloved for her gentle, sensitive books about life, family, and love. Author of Sarah Plain and Tall and other books.

I love Patricia MacLachlan's writing style. She uses words like a poet -- each one carefully chosen and expressing the depths of human experience. Her children's books touch on subjects of family and what binds us together.

I have chosen a few of Patricia MacLachlan's books to present on this page. I hope you will discover one that will touch your heart.

Sarah, Plain and Tall

by Patricia MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan writes stories with a strong poetic sensibility. Her words are sparse and always carefully chosen to evoke a great deal of feeling without a lot of excessive verbiage.

Sarah, Plain and Tall is a fairly short book, perfect in length for a young reader. However, the images of the family -- their sadness after the death of the mother and how eventually the father advertises for someone to share their life -- carries much unspoken emotion that colors the story.

Sarah is the woman from Maine who answers the ad. She arrives to the prairie with her box of paints which she uses to share her love of the ocean with the young children she is getting to know. Each member of the family appreciates something different about Sarah, and they all are devastated when she tells them she must return home to Maine for a visit.  The children worry Sarah will not return because she loves the sea so much. But Sarah does return and she marries their father. The story ends on a note of hope and promise.

Sarah Plain and Tall

by Patricia MacLachlan
Sarah, Plain and Tall
$5.09  $2.0

Skylark: The Continuing Story of the Witting Family

by Patricia MacLachlan

Life for the Witting family continues after the events of Sarah, Plain and Tall. The story Skylark occurs two years later when a severe drought and the threat of a fire puts its strain on the family and their strength to endure.

Children who enjoyed Sarah, Plain and Tall may be curious as to what happens with this family that had lost their mother and later regained a stepmother and friend. Sequels are popular because we can fall in love with characters who can sometimes take on such strong personalities that it's hard to let them go.

Skylark can be read as a book and then viewed as a video. Nice family activity to share with your little ones. 


by Patricia MacLachlan
Skylark (Sarah, Plain and Tall)
$6.99  $3.0

Skylark: Video Version

by Patricia MacLachlan
Skylark [VHS]
$14.23  $3.99

Baby by Patricia MacLachlan

Honesty and Grief

The old cliche of a baby left on the doorstep is how this story by Patricia MacLachlan begins. The baby whose mother has left her behind soon enchants the whole family who must keep the words of the mother's note in the backs of their minds -- that she will one day return to take her little one back.

The story is complicated by the fact that this same family has recently lost a little brother because of complications at birth. The parents have been unable to talk about him and thus to work through their grief. Through caring for the new little baby girl who is thrust upon them, the family must learn to move beyond their grief and to talk about their own little baby they have lost, naming him for the first time.


Video Stars Farah Faucett
Baby [VHS]
$14.95  $9.99

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Updated: 04/24/2013, sheilamarie
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sheilamarie on 01/26/2012

Actually I like the books better than the movies, though the movies are nice, too. Patricia MacLachlan has such a poetic way of writing that is difficult to do justice to on screen.

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