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Parents' Guide to

Kindred Souls

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Gentle tale of a boy fulfilling his grandfather's last wish.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Sweet book, although a little sad.

I was drawn into this book by the cover illustration. I was in the children's section of the library with my 7 year old and I decided to read it first to see if it would be a book she could read (she reads at a fourth grade level). After reading it last night, I think she will have to wait to read it. I think when she is nine or ten, I will allow her to read it. I just think for her it would be a little too sad. I loved it and think it is a good quick read for adults. I cried as it reminded me of my own dad passing and different things we did before he died. It is a good book if you are dealing with death in the family.

Is It Any Good?

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Patricia MacLachlan's gentle pace matches the summer days on Jake's farm; not much happens in KINDRED SOULS, but it's pleasant and warm. Jake witnesses various phases of life on the farm -- a calf is born, the hummingbirds get ready to go south -- and always, in the midst of the modern-day tractors and computers, the past is kept alive through his grandfather's memories and Billy's interest in them. It's a sweet and honest look at a boy's last days with his grandfather, from the Newbery Award-winning author of the Sarah, Plain and Tall series.

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