MORE PERFECT THAN THE MOON by Patricia MacLachlan

MORE PERFECT THAN THE MOON

Age Range: 8 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Cassie, an almost-third-grader, has taken up the journal passed on by her much older brother Caleb. She is fascinated by words and uses the journal not only to record what is happening in her family, but in her vivid imagination as well. MacLachlan reintroduces the family of Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark, and Caleb’s Story. Cassie is the much-loved daughter of Sarah and Jacob, and now there is to be a new addition to the family. Cassie writes about that “terrible baby” and vows never to like it. Of course, when her baby brother is born she accepts him as a gift “more perfect than the moon.” The tale is charming and Cassie is a delightful narrator. Readers who have not encountered the characters in the previous works might not fully understand the family’s dynamics, but they can certainly identify with her feelings about the new baby. If the power and deeply felt emotions of the original are missing, it remains a pleasant visit with old friends. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-027558-8
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2004




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