|Rating||:||4.41 (580 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||144 Pages|
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. 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 moves to the sod house when he leaves the hospital and spends his last days living there.
Though its subject may limit its appeal, MacLachlan writes with clarity of purpose. The more Jake remarks that 88-year-old Billy “will live forever,” the more astute readers can be that the end is near. --Carolyn Phelan . His family pitches in and readies the little building for Billy’s return. Printed in large type with wide-spaced lines, the first-person story, with its short sentences and nuanced observations, focuses primarily on Billy’s preparations for death, as told from Jake’s point of view. From Booklist Jake enjoys his daily walk around the family farm with Billy, his grandfather and “kindred soul.” As they stop by the mud-and-prairie-grass remnants of the soddy where Billy was born, he often remarks, “I loved that sod house.” One day he says, “I miss that sod house,” and finally, after Jake asks an idle question about cutting sod for bricks, Billy declares, “You can build me a sod house.&rdqu
MacLachlan helps readers understand life's cycles As a fan of "Sarah, Plain and Tall" and the many others in this genre that Patricia has written, I eagerly put my name on the HOLD list at our public library. Since I am a private school librarian, I carefully screen all books before ordering them, and this sometimes means I "shop" in the public library.As quickly as I could after I finished reading the story (and wiping a tear or two away, and thinking about the story), I ordered a copy for our school. Not only does MacLachlan handle death in a gen. "sweet story" according to Melissa Sack. Jake's grandfather is getting old. He ends up getting really sick. Jake knows that a dream his grandfather has is to rebuild his childhood sod house. Jake decides that he will do his best to make that dream come true. He is able to do this with the help of his family.My favorite part of this book was when the family dog was allowed to stay with the grandfather at the hospital. The dog visits with the other patients and makes them feel better too. The only thing that I did not like about it was that . "The Circle of Life" according to Litterarum Studiosus. 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." Th