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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442460083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442460089
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,608,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb s Story; More Perfect than the Moon; Grandfather s Dance; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; and The Truth of Me; she is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily.

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Format: Hardcover
A different kind of book. Printed for small children with big letters and a nice font cover. A story about the worries of flooding with a gentleness of family support. I thought it nice the main character, Lucy, having a secret connection with her baby brother, Teddy. By the end, I was in tears - happy tears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speaks to the soul 18 April 2014
By KidsReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Secrets. Everybody has one. And talents. Everyone has one of those, too. Discovering your talents and learning about secrets (when/who to tell and what happens when you do/don’t tell) are both part of growing up.

Grandma Frankie lives in a house in North Dakota, and her daughter, Maggie is worried about her --- it’s been raining for days and Maggie remembers the dangers of floods from her own childhood. Therefore, Maggie and her daughter, Lucy, go to visit Grandma Frankie --- even though she says she doesn’t need or want their help.

Lucy has a secret about her brother, Teddy, but nobody knows it. She also has a talent, but she doesn’t know it --- yet. Her experiences at Grandma Frankie’s teach her about the importance of secrets and how to discover her talents. Lucy also learns about the importance of family: “Family means offering help when it’s not asked for, accepting help when you think you don’t need it, sharing joys, keeping secrets, and singing your song."

Patricia MacLachlan is the author of many novels and picture books. Her book, SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL was a Newbery Medal award-winner. I have read of couple of MacLachlan’s books. Her stories always speak to the soul. This one was no exception. Her writing is powerful. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I was choking back tears near the end. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did.

Reviewed by Christine Irvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone is unique with something to offer. Everyone has secret dreams and hopes and this book gets that. 16 Aug. 2015
By M. Fuller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Oh this book. This Gigantic-fonted 100 paged innocent looking thing. I read it in just an hour or so but it will stick with me for a long time. Patricia MacLachlan is talented. I haven't read her other works yet (but definitely will) but she writes complex ideas with minimal words. This is a book a young child could read easily, but it is not a simple boring story.

It's about family (I suspect most of this author's works are) and how one messy family came together when a flood was threatening their house. Frankie lives in the house her sister and she grew up in, but now, the river is coming and the family wants to help. "That river. She's a her in my book. She's been a friend most of these years, bringing boaters who deliver groceries. Bringing birds and beauty. We've lived through storms and sunrises and sunsets. Winter Squalls. I want to see how far she's going to crawl up my hill. I want to know if she'll come into my house. Sometimes I talk to her at night. She's great company."

So the river flood is happening, but as in real life so are a million other things too. Our main character, a child named Lucy secretly wants to be a poet, lives in a family of singers and cannot carry a tune. Her sister is an amazing artist but no one quite knows yet, and it turns out Lucy is the only one who knows her 2 year old brother Teddy can sing like an angel. He doesn't use words, but every night he sings just to his big sister. The adults have their problems too, but they are all through the lens of a child so it is felt, but not explained. The mother I related to more than I wanted to. Her youngest hasn't bonded with her as well, and she feels guilt over it. She also wants to be or do something more with her life but can't quite put her finger on it.

"No, it isn't you. Mama needs something all her own, that's all," he [Dad] says.
He goes out to where Mama is.
"Mama needs more than us," I say.
"Not really," says Frankie. "she just doesn't quite know what she has. She never did. She'll find that out one day. I promise."

If you are a mom, you know exactly how that feels, if you aren't there are other things in the story for you to relate to, and that's the brilliancy of it all. The whole book reads almost like a long poem, while still being accessible to anyone. More happens, secrets come out and the family comes together. I laugh because the little 2 year old is brilliant but quite. It reminded me so much of my little girl. We were so worried about her because she was a late talker, only to have her bust out counting to over ten shortly after she began saying "Mama."

Everyone is unique with something to offer. Everyone has secret dreams and hopes and this book gets that.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great and memorable characters in the story 2 Nov. 2014
By Debnance at Readerbuzz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Lucy and her family are headed to help her aunt. It is flooding around her aunt's house and Lucy's family wants to help. Great and memorable characters in the story, all with a bit of a stubborn Midwestern quality that makes them endearing. Lucy's brother is two but doesn't talk yet...or so her parents think. Lucy's mother has aspirations that have not been met and is a little disappointed with how life has turned out. Lucy herself doesn't sing and that's another sadness for her mother. A complex story perfect for a young reader.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia MacLachlan Somehow Manages To Do It Again 14 April 2014
By Portianay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Maybe it's that prairie dirt. Whatever it is, once again she has written a simple, lyrical, easy-to-read book that accurately nails family love and its grace in enveloping family flaws. Your child will love this little tale, and will be able to relate to its characters: their fears, their foibles, and their triumphs. Get it and read it as soon as you can. It's that good.
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful in its simplicity 1 Jan. 2015
By Lady Barbarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
These are the words that immediately came to mind as I finished the book: well done, beautiful in its simplicity, moving, very satisfying! Ahhhhh!
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