Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Boy on the Porch

Author: Sharon Creech
Goodreads rating: 3.85
Pages: 160
Format: ARC
From Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech comes a singular story that reminds us of the surprising connections that bloom when unconditional love and generosity prevail. For when a young couple finds a boy asleep on their porch, their lives take an unexpectedly joyous turn.

When John and Marta found the boy on the porch, they were curious, naturally, as to why he was there-and they didn't expect him to stay, not at first, but he did stay, day after day, until it seemed as if he belonged, running and smiling and laughing his silent laugh, tapping and patting on every surface as he made his music, and painting-with water, with paint, with mud-those swirly swirls and swings and trees.

One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of person would leave their child with strangers? All they know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. And as their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, and John and Marta and the boy begin to see the world in brand-new ways. Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech delivers a poignant story of finding family when you least expect it.

 Such an amazingly cute book <3 I had tears in my eyes by the end :')

The thing I liked most about this book is it's short. The chapters are short (literally like a page or two long) and I just ended up devouring it. Great for a quick read and nice to read a book that wasn't part of a series for once.

The plot is even adorable <3 A little boy found on the porch of a couple, who take him in and try to raise him until his mysterious parents return for him. And he is no ordinary boy. He doesn't speak and gets along oddly well with the family dog, Beagle (who also appeared out of no where) and a cow (who, yes appeared out of no where as well). Seems the couple has a habit of finding lost things. The story grows and you see the couple get attached to the boy and you wonder, how will things turn out if/when the parents return for him? What will the couple do? Well, take an hour and a half to find out for yourself :)

My only downside I can say about this book is I wish the author delved deeper into what happened with the boy in the end (that's literally all I can say without giving away spoilers).

It's a true heartwarming tale that I wish more middle-grade children would read but if I were honest with myself, I don't see many picking this book up. None the less, it really is a feel-good book :)

The Court's Decision:
 
Amy

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