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Baby
     

Baby

4.5 33
by Patricia MacLachlan
 

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Larkin's family welcomes Sophie into their home, caring for her and teaching her games and new words. They come to love this baby as their own, all the while knowing that eventually Sophie's mother will return one day to take her from them.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Overview

Larkin's family welcomes Sophie into their home, caring for her and teaching her games and new words. They come to love this baby as their own, all the while knowing that eventually Sophie's mother will return one day to take her from them.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW described this story of a family that takes in an abandoned baby as ``lean and lyrical,'' adding that the Newbery Medalist ``gracefully entwines past and present.'' All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The family cannot talk about how the baby in their family has died. One day a stranger leaves a baby named Sophie with them and promises to come back. They all love Sophie and while she grows up with them, they begin to talk about the baby they lost. A year of bittersweet healing follows where, as Sophie grows in babyhood, the family grows in understanding and communicating. All the characters are interesting, and the story is sad and happy at the same time.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Baby refers to two characters in this beautifully written and moving novel-12-year-old Larkin's infant brother (who has died before the story begins) and Sophie, who is literally left in a basket in the driveway at Larkin's house. The girl's parents and Byrd, her grandmother, have been hiding their grief over their baby's death behind a wall of silence. Letting themselves love Sophie, even though they know her mother will eventually come back for her, helps them break through the barrier. When Sophie's mother does return, they are ready to mourn for the dead infant -and to give him a name. The final chapter, which takes place 10 years later, shows Sophie returning to the island for Byrd's funeral. A sense of peace and completion mark this occasion. With simple elegance, MacLachlan relates her tale about memory, love, loss, risk, and (most of all) about the power of language. Especially impressive is her ability to invest the simplest human actions and physical events with emotion and love. While the plot could never be called surefire in its appeal, and some of the happenings strain believability, the story is one that is deeply felt.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Hazel Rochman
Twelve-year-old Larkin and her family find a baby sitting in a basket, abandoned at their door. A note (as beautiful as the letter in MacLachlan's "Sarah, Plain and Tall", 1985) says simply: "This is Sophie. She is almost a year old and she is good. . . . I will come back for her one day. I love her." Larkin and her mother, father, and grandmother care for the baby. They always know that Sophie will leave one day, but they can't stop themselves from loving her. As the seasons change over a year in their island community, the baby releases the unspoken sadness that has been keeping Larkin's family apart: a baby boy born six months before had lived only one day, and no one can talk about it. At first the plot seems contrived, Larkin's narrative voice self-conscious, the characters idealized, and the healing almost co-dependency therapy. No one has a mean thought, ever. But the spare lyricism of MacLachlan's writing and the physical immediacy of daily life with this very real baby will move the most hardened cynic, especially when Sophie begins to talk sentences. Her words are as absurd and loving as those of the island people, as elemental as the wind and rock. Sophie's mother finally comes back for the baby, and she's told: "Everyone here has rocked her and read to her and wiped her tears and sung to her. Lalo taught her how to blow a kiss, and sometimes she slept with Larkin. She painted with Lily, and she danced with John." The story is also about the silence between words, and in the parting scene, when Papa "stared at Sophie as if he were trying to memorize her," MacLachlan makes love and grief one circle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307567154
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/07/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
447,451
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet 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; and Word After Word After Word.

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Baby 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I was in Middle School, I wasn't much of a reader, then my teacher told me to pick a book to read, I chose Baby since the summary sounded interesting and something I haven't read before. The story is about a couple that find a baby on their doorstep. Baby is one of my favorite books next to True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Island of the Blue Dolphin and Little Women This was the book that got me back into reading.
orangecrush More than 1 year ago
The book called Baby is a great book. I recommend for mothers or even grandmothers. You may get teary , I did. The book shows sorrow and composition. Like it doesn't make you to sad it's just right. When I first picked up the book I didn't think I would like it as much as I do! It blows me away. The baby girl is Sophie. She such a joy. Larkin (the main character) is Sophie's "Big sister", and just as a normal only child, didn't know that much about babies. She didn't what to say when she first saw her, but then she grew to love Sophie. Her whole town knows the story of Sophie. They couldn't keep it a secret. They town all rised her , they loved her! It's just a great book! You should read it!
Amommy More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, short read for any age about a loving family that needs some healing. A baby entering their family unexpectedly, and helping the family learn to love and heal once again. A sad book at times, but so well written and you just feel so much for this family and the baby Sophie. You will not want to put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in sixth grade and found it so interesting that I could not put it down and go to bed so I read under the cuvers with a flashlight. I am a Freshman in High school now and still find myself heading for the school library to check this book out. This book is quite emotional and will get you to thinking about your family and friends. It has a great message and I recomend reading it as often as you can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book looked really good, but the sample is very short and only includes the first few sentences of the first chapter.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I finished this book a couple days ago. It is great so touching and has the perfect ending. Do this book for a book report it doesn't take that long because you cant stop reading it thats how great it is.Its probably one of the best books I've read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG! I just finished this book in one day, and it feels like part of me is with that book forever. I loved that book, and if you saw me during class reading it, you would see tears forming in my eyes. The best part is the very last line, 'Rock. Paper. Scissors.' And I now have a everlasting love for that book. Please read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written and utterly lovely. I must have read the book in third grade, and as far as I can remember it was the first literature I could appreciate enough to read twice. I read it again in the fifth - possibly sixth as well - grade, and I can still remember its details vividly. It's an unforgettable work of fiction, it's completely believable. Quite possibly the greatest part of the book were the last three words, they stick in my mind even five entire years later! But, I won't spoil it, you'll have to read the book to even understand their brilliance. You (whoever you are) don't want to miss this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book wasgreat to read make maney more like this
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book by Patricia McLachlan seemed to be a 'safe' bet for a nice story for my 9YO. Surprisingly this turned out to be an outstanding selection. The story has so many layers. The death of the family's baby, the abandonment of another infant, a family in crisis is handled sensitively and realistically. Never heavy-handed or preachy, the story unfolds and families are made whole again. I loved this book. My daughter loved this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really touched me in a way that not many others have. It is really a truely astounding book and for me a type of fairytale story that made me laugh cry and overall feel very happy that i read it. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I had actually had a similar experience in my family, and when I read this book it brought back some memories. I really love this book and I would recommend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Baby Is The Most Wonderful Book. I Thought The Book Was Excellent! The First Time I Read This Book I Was In 6th Grade And I Have Read It At Least 10 Times Since And Now Im A Freshman In Highschol. I Would Reccomend This Book To Anyone! It Made Me Cry At Some Parts But It Was Mostly Upbeat With A Few Kinks. Loved It!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book at school. If I had my own book, I would totally read it over and over again. The way Sophie changed the lives of Larkin, Lalo, Mama, Papa, and Byrd was incredible. I actually thought Sophie's mother wouldn't come back for her. I thought it was touching when Sophie went back to the island after her mother took her back. I have recomended this book to many of my friends and they just loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BABY MOVED THE WHOLE FAMILY. I FELT BAD FOR THEM WHEN ITS MOTHER LEFT BUT SHE STILL KEPT IN TOUCH. IT WAS A REALLY GREART BOOK . I LOVED IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so unbelievable! It touched me in so many ways...the first book to ever make me laugh out loud and have a box of kleenex with me! It was amazing! Anyone will enjoy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was great! though it was sad in some parts. I think you'll enjoy it :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Touching!
Guest More than 1 year ago
BABY by Patricia Maclachlan, is a about a family going along with there life, when one day they find a baby by the name of Sophie on there driveway. You will have to read the book to see what happenes next. I highly reccommend this book to everyone who has a great heart for a fun-loving story.