Kindred Souls

Kindred Souls

by Patricia MacLachlan


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060522995
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Pages: 119
Sales rank: 405,939
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless novels for young readers, including Newbery Medal winner Sarah, Plain and Tall; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; The Truth of Me; The Poet’s Dog; and My Father’s Words. She is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

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Kindred Souls 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time i read rhis book cryed my eyes out good for children thurd grade and up serious subject emotional book
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
Jake and his eighty-eight-year-old grandfather, Billy, are kindred souls. They share a special bond, and Billy always tells Jake about the sod house in which he grew up, the foundation of which still rests in the prairie around the family’s farm. So when Billy asks Jake to build him a new sod house, Jake knows that he will—with Billy’s “Angel Dog” Lucy at his side—even though Billy becomes ill. Beloved children’s author Patricia MacLachlan crafts a poignant and tender story with “Kindred Souls.” The subject matter is nostalgic and deep, and the language contains farming terminology such as “slough” and “windrow.” The story itself exudes sadness and follows a basic plotline in which little occurs but which is nevertheless touching. Children who have enjoyed a close relationship with a grandparent or other adult will understand “Kindred Souls” and will likely develop a greater appreciation of memories, dreams, and time spent with loved ones. Be prepared, however, because despite its short length, this book will leave a lasting impression and a sense of melancholy.
LVBooks More than 1 year ago
MacLachlan books never disappoint. Lovely, heartwarming. Highly Recommended.
eduscapes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a long-time fan of Patricia Maclachlan particularly "Sarah Plain and Tall", I was looking forward to reading "Kindred Souls". The story revolves a young boy, his grandfather, and a stray dog. It's a perfect combination of characters for primary age children. I enjoyed the journey of building the sod house, but wished the author had included illustrations to help young readers visualize the story.Like many of her other works, the book provided an inspirational story without going to the "sappy side." With many books about urban and suburban life, it's nice to read a book with a rural setting for a change.Although I enjoyed the story, I didn't feel like the book was particularly unique or special. However, it was well-written and a nice choice for younger readers that want to get out of the trendy series and pop topics.Like other Maclachlan books, it's a "skinny" books so children who are looking for something short will enjoy it.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
88-year-old Billy, the grandfather of 10-year-old Jake, wants a sod house rebuilt. He explains to Jake that they are "kindred souls." With the help of an old book on sod houses, the family sets out to build Billy a sod house while he is recuperating in the hospital. There's a dog that is important to the story as well. If you are looking for something with the same spark of the author's Sarah, Plain and Tall, this book will not meet your expectations. If you want a nice story about his boy and his grandfather, this would work well for young readers. My biggest criticism is that the book really needed some line illustrations to truly appeal to the target reader age. This book was received through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program with the expectation that a review would be written.
Pebblesgmc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan is the 6th book inthe Sarah plain and Tall series. Grandpa "Billy" is 80 years old and Jake is his youngest grand son, and daily companion.Billy wants Jake to build a soddy, like the one he was born in. Grandpa gets sick and goes to the hospital. While he's there the whole family helps Jake build the sod house.
KarenElissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another timeless story from MacLachlan. It tells the story of a child's love for his grandfather. It was a good book and a nice change from the modern adventure stories that are common right now. I would caution that it has some pretty "heavy" themes for younger readers so should probably have a bit of adult guidance.
lprybylo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ages 7 and up 1 or 2cd grade.Very well done story of a boy's relationship with his grandfather near the end of his life. Billy, is 88 and has lived his enitre life on the farm. He shares those memories of his early life in a sod house with his grandson Jake. Things begin to change when Lucy a stray dog appears and adopts Billy. She doesn't disappoint, Print is large enough for first graders.
Adriane_Adams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kindred Souls simply and beautifully expresses the process of appreciating the life and coming to terms with the death of a close loved one. The reader feels the struggle of the boy who wants to believe his grandfather will always be around. The ending, however, is disappointing and seems to lack an expected comfort.
sdbookhound on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the beautifully simple way Patricia MacLachlan tells her stories and this book is no exception. Kindred Souls tells of the special relationship a young boy has with his grandfather and an extraordinary project he undertakes to make his grandfather happy in his last days. This would be a wonderful book to read aloud in a classroom or family reading time. There are good opportunities for discussion throughout. I highly recommend this book.
TABrowne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was heart wrenching. Overall I liked it and I think it has good lessons and lots of peace in it for those who might be faced with death. As I started reading it I thought it would make a good early reader but due to subject matter would put it in the 3rd grade and up category.My 3rd grader enjoyed this book and really didn't have much to say about Billy but was more interested in the building of the sod house.
sstaheli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patricia MacLachlan has created another story with meaningful characters and finely-drawn relationships. I enjoyed this middle-grade book a great deal, and felt that this represented a sincere and authentic human experience, rather than a simple work of fiction. I have been a fan of her writing for many years, and this book confirmed that admiration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hate the last part because the grandfather dies
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books ever