Miracles on Maple Hill

Miracles on Maple Hill

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by Virginia Sorensen, Cynthia Bishop, Full Cast Family

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A Newbery-winning portait of a loving family that regroups when the father returns home from war  See more details below


A Newbery-winning portait of a loving family that regroups when the father returns home from war

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Children's Literature
When Marly's father returns from the war, he is not the same man he was when he left. Once happy and attentive, he is now withdrawn and tentative. Marly's mother decides to move the family to rural Vermont in hopes of providing her husband with a chance to get back on his feet. Marly is thrilled with the move and finds life in Vermont filled with miracles: the sap running each spring, the beauty of the land, the wonder of the seasons. The biggest miracle of all is the change in her father. This Newbery Award-winning homage to the restorative powers of nature is beautifully told through the optimistic eyes of young Marly. As she falls in love with Vermont in every season and their homespun neighbor, Mr. Chris, Marly's happiness spills off the page. This beautifully-written story is fully realized in this Full Cast Audio recording. Presented with a full cast, the listener can readily delineate the characters and the audio has a theatrical feel to it. In any performance, the listener is not meant to be aware of the acting but, rather, of the story itself. In some instances in this audio, however, the acting was noticeable and, therefore, somewhat intrusive. Nevertheless, the story and performance are strong enough to overcome this small glitch. All in all, a strong presentation of a magnificent novel for children and, I dare say, adults. The length is 4 hours and 40 minutes on 4 CDs 2004, Full Cast Audio, Ages 8 up.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Virginia Sorensen's 1957 Newbery Award winner (Harcourt, 1956) is skillfully dramatized by a cast of experienced narrators. This is a loving family saga about Marley, brother Joe, their parents, and their friends. When Marley's father returns home from World War II a broken man physically and spiritually, her mother decides that the family needs to leave the city for an extended visit to Grandma's house in the country. Listeners are drawn into the tale of a year in the life of this family as the father slowly regains his strength and confidence. The year is filled with small "miracles" from the first spring blossoms to the healing of their beloved neighbor, Mr. Chris. Narrated by Cynthia Bishop and dramatized by the Full Cast Family, each character is brought to life and given a unique personality and voice. Their expert narration brings this inspiring American classic to life. So many children today have parents who are part of the war effort overseas that this somewhat old-fashioned, half-century old story is still relevant for youngsters today.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"Warm and real . . . packed with incident, country magic, family lore, and people to remember."--The New York Times Book Review

"Vivid descriptions . . . and excellent characterization mark each page of the book."--Chicago Tribune

School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 3–6—Though Sorensen's family-centered novel was first published in 1956, the father's struggles with the aftereffects of his war duties makes it relevant to contemporary life. Ten-year-old Marly is excited on the drive to Maple Hill, but her father is silent. Her mother is careful to keep things calm when her older brother, Joe, is unwilling to include her in his plans. In an effort to emotionally heal their recently returned dad, the family heads to their great-grandmother's long-neglected farm. Marly connects quickly with neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Chris, who are in the midst of sugaring season. After a summer enjoying nature, Marly finds that both her dad and the farm are reviving, so the family settles in for a school year in the country. Their much-anticipated second sugaring season becomes complicated, however, when Mr. Chris suffers a heart attack. Fortunately, help comes and Marly's dad, now fully recovered, proves he can make syrup like a pro. A dozen well-chosen actors run the gamut of emotions with convincing performances that highlight the realistic and uplifting story. VERDICT Filled with wisdom, kindness, and common events in everyday life, this work will reassure and enchant upper elementary listeners. Perfect for intergenerational family time, too.—Barbara Wysocki, formerly of Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT

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"Warm and real . . . packed with incident, country magic, family lore, and people to remember."—The New York Times Book Review

"Vivid descriptions . . . and excellent characterization mark each page of the book."—Chicago Tribune

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Miracles on Maple Hill 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. Sad but gets really good. This book can get to your heart. You hould get it. Great for all ages. Hope this helps!
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Ten-year-old Marley lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her father Dale, mother Lee, and twelve-year-old brother Joe. Her dad has come home from having been a prisoner during the war, but he’s not the same. He’s moody and tired and seems as cold and dead as the winter outside. So the family decides to spend the spring and summer at Maple Hill Farm, the old place where Marley’s great-grandmother had lived and where Marley’s mother used to visit as a child, up in the corner of Pennsylvania’s countryside. There they meet Mr. and Mrs. Chris, Grandma’s neighbors whom Marley’s mother remembers from her childhood visits. At first, Marley and Joe are afraid that they will miss their life in the city. Joe had wanted to join the bad at his city school, but the little school at Maple Hill doesn’t have a band. But they begin to have many adventures sugaring with the Chrises, fixing up the old house, and experiencing other “miracles.” Will Daddy get any better? Will Marley’s family return to Pittsburgh or will they decide to stay at Maple Hill? And when Mr. Chris gets very sick and has to go to the hospital, what will happen to him? This 1957 Newbery Medal winner is a delightful story that is deserving of the award. There are a couple of common euphemisms—gee and golly, one reference to chewing tobacco, and a mention of glaciers “millions of years ago.” I especially enjoyed the way the truant officer ended up handling the time when Marley and Joe were kept home from school to help the Chrises with their maple sugaring. A couple of reviewers said that the role model for girls is horrific because the girl is weak, cries, moans, etc., and that the sexist stereotypes made it difficult to stay with the story because Marly and her mother do ‘woman things’ at the house together. I can see how a femi-nazi or someone raised on femi-nazi propaganda would reach this kind of conclusion, but honestly it gets old hearing those who may disagree with traditional roles for boys and girls yell “sexism” every time they don’t like the way girls are portrayed. Not every family is raising their daughters to be “I am woman, hear me roar.” And recent studies have suggested an actual biological basis for some of the emotional differences between males and females. Most of the reader reviewers liked the book, except the one mentioned previously and a couple of “kid reviews” which said that the book was too boring and not exciting enough. Of course, every book, even a good one, may not appeal to all people. However, my experience is that a lot of kids whose minds have been numbed by the helter-skelter, hooey-phooey, hocus-pocus, harum-scarum, hokey-fenokee type of stories like Harry Potter and Goosebumps often don’t have enough attention span left to enjoy a real story. I would recommend Miracles on Maple Hill as a book which chronicles the joys of simple living.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miracles on Maple Hill takes place in a wide open country in Pennsylvania. It is about a young girl named Marley and all of her family and friends. Marley, her brother Joe and her mom and dad all go to Maple hill for a nice vacation in the country. Later they decide to stay there for good. Marley hopes that by going to Maple Hill her family will change for the better. Her dad not being tired all the time and her mom not being worried. Soon everything starts getting better for them until a close friend gets sick. Then everyone has to pitch in to make things better again.

I give this book three out of five stars. It has a lot of good detail but at times too much detail so I get confused. Sometimes the transitions from the different seasons and places go by to quick. Also in some parts the book is slow and gives details that arent important to the story. Yet i can always tell who is speaking and i think this book has a wonderful plot. Most of the time i could imagine the setting and characters because of all the good detail. I think this book is a good book for children, seven to tweleve years old. I hope you enjoy this book just as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was slow at first but really got adventures. Learing about how they lived up in the woods on the hill was really cool.Marly always wanted to go and see new things. She cared for all the animals and people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was outstanding and adventorous because of all the miracles that happened in this book. This book was so good I could read it again and still be suprised of all the miracles in this book. This was really a miracle on Maple hill. I would highly recomend anybody to read this book because of all the detail and adventures. This auther made me feel like I was one of the characters in the book with all the life like details. Please, Read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked this book because it was about a girl my age and all her points of veiws.the girl, marly, comes to stay at her mother's old home which was also a sugar bush that she used to visit when she was a little girl. marly is enchanted by all the miracles that happen during the winter such as the spring beauties and the first snow.you will have to read it to see what happens next, but i guarantee you will love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorensen Virginia, Miracles an Maple Hill, , Harcourt Bruce Jovanovich, publishers, San Diego , New York, London, 1956 level 5.9 Her roots are the very essence of almost all, and certainly of the best, of her writing--roots that stirred her creative imagination Her people are the Mormons or, more formally, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--and the center .of their world is Utah. Born February 17, 1912, in Provo, Utah, Sorensen was the third of the six children of Claud E. and Helen El Deva Blackett Eggertsen. There Sorensen attended high school and graduated as valedictorian. Later she entered Brigham Young University, the Mormon university, in Provo. In 1933 she married Frederick Sorensen, a professor of English. She published her first novel, A Little Lower Than the Angels, in 1942. This was also the first of her Mormon and historical novels. Sorensen has published eight novels, most of them about the American West. She has said that she prefers 'history' to 'mere story-telling. This book is about miracles that take place on maple hill. A character named Mr. Chris takes Marly on an adventure looking for many different miracles fount in the environment around them. The seasons bring different miracles. However the gift her family receives by living in this small country home is the greatest miracle of all. Her family is changes for the better and in ways they thought were impossible. I enjoyed this book. It was to read and see their life change. Children will love reading this book. You can step in to the life of the characters and feel as thought you are there watching it all happen. This book was awarded the Newberry medal for most distinguishes contribution to American literature for children. Hey kids what miracles happen on maple Hill read and find out. ¿ I want her to say it -just once¿ ¿ but we¿re going to fix t up¿.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very disapointed when I read this book. It has no excitment in it and it is very plain. This book needs somthing to jump at you and spice it up a bit so you can actually enjoy reading it. Unfortunatly I was very bored when I had to do it for my Novel Study. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miracles on Maple Hill has no blood, guts, no violence or sex. It does not have high drama or unbelievable events. This story is about warmth, growth, family unity. It is written with clarity and cleverness, describing what we ultimately long for. And it is very, VERY real. I enjoyed reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very descriptive. Those who are in the city, who have never seen the woods, sugaring, and what it is like to live on a farm will know after reading this book. No doubt about it, this book is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a person who is into just about any type of book.....at first I started to like this book....but then after i got to about half way i wanted to stop reading it because every chapter was practically just about the same thing. This book needs to have some action and it needs an exciting ending that nobody expects is coming...I do not recommened this book because of everything that it doesnt have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent story. It had this magic to it that you just can't put your finger on. Don't let the review with 2 stars throw you off. This was definately a worth while read with lots of excitement and joy. I recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really, really, really disliked this book. It was so boring! There was no plot, no excitement or action at all! And I'm a person who loves to read. Although I have to admit, the writing does have a lot of potential, just needs to have a bit more excitement to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I loved it. I am a kid who doesn't like to read but I read this one and I loved it! Now I am more into reading I just have to find a book I am interested in. This book kept me turning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Virginia Sorensen was born in Provo, Utah, February 17,1912. Went to school at Brigham Young University. Has one daughter and one son. Other books she has written are Lotte's Locket Danish, Around the Corner Junie (thats short for junior). She also wrote Plain Girl. Miracles on Maple Hill is about a girl named Marly with her brother and her parents going to a little house on a little hill. When they go there they meet a man named Mr.Chris he is really nice to them. There is one miracle a fox goes out and Marly heres a song. When they go to the kitchen in the house they find mice. Marly wants to keep the mice but her mother doesn't. My opinon on this book is I think it was pretty bad the only part I liked about this book was the first miracle. I wouldn't recommend it to my friends. And it didn't keep me intersted. It was so boring I don't even know why it won a Newbery Medal award. I would never in my life read this book again. By Mckenzie Weston 2/4/03
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a fith grader, and i LOVE this book! it gives you great vocabulary words and it's easy to think of yourself to be put in this book. GREAT BOOK !!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miracles on Maple Hill Odyssey Classics, 1990,232 pages, $6.00 Virginia Sorensen ISBN 0152545611 Does anyone you know just think you daydream and don¿t pay any attention when someone else is talking? Marly, a ten-year-old girl, has this problem. Her brother Joe thinks she can¿t do anything. One summer day her family goes up to her family¿s summerhouse on Maple Hill. Their car can¿t get up the big hill with all the snow on it; Joe gets out of the car to go find help. Marly wants to go with him, but he won¿t let her because he doesn¿t think that she can walk such a long distance. Marly shows him he¿s wrong when she jumps out of the car and goes into the woods in a different direction. She gets lost, but then after a while, she bumps into a big man who helps her back to the car. Joe and Marly later find out that there is a miracle on Maple Hill every year. What is the miracle going to be this year? Read Miracles on Maple Hill to find out! I recommend this book to people of all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a book report to do, and one of my favorite books was Miracles on maple hill. It is a great book. And Guess what, I'm only in third grade! " Miracles on Maple Hill " is a great book! I enjoyed reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is great!! watch the flowers bloom as you read this fabulous book!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like it because Marly never gives up and I can relate to some of the things she goes through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really made me stop and think that miracles are more than what we always want.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding!!It has a good plot with interesting characters in it.I love books that have something to do with the country!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found 'Miracles on Maple Hill' to be an intriguing children's book. I love how each chapter depicts a miracle of nature. I think this is very important in today's society because we seem to forget about the little miracles that happen everyday. I found this book very inspirational for children, and I would recommend this book to any child who loves the miracles that life gives us each and every day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago