Kindred Souls

Kindred Souls

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With the sure touch she brought to the beloved Newbery Medal winner Sarah, Plain and Tall, in Kindred Souls Patricia MacLachlan guides children into the understanding that death is a natural part of life.

Ten-year-old Jake has always been close to his grandfather Billy--so close that Jake's mother calls them kindred souls. Each morning, Jake and Billy take a walk around the family farm. Billy often tells Jake stories of living in a sod house on the prairie.

When Billy goes into the hospital, Jake decides the best gift he can give his beloved grandfather is a sod house. Billy moves to the sod house when he leaves the hospital and spends his last days living there.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 119 pages
  • 129.54 x 187.96 x 15.24mm | 90.72g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0060522992
  • 9780060522995
  • 590,691

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Jake's grandfather, Billy, hears the talk of birds, is eighty-eight years old, and is going to live forever. Even when Billy gets sick, Jake knows that everything will go on as always. But there's one thing Billy wants: to rebuild the sod house where he grew up. Can Jake give him this one special thing?

From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about what we do for the ones we love, and how the bonds that hold us together also allow us to let each other go.
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Review quote

"These are time-sculpted themes-the bond between a child and a grandparent, a child's first experience of death, the comfort of continuity and connection to the natural world--and MacLachlan gives them her particular stamp of plain speaking and poetry."--The Horn Book
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