The boy reached into his pocket, withdrew a crumpled note, and handed it to Marta.
Pleese taik kair of Jacob. He is a
godgood boy. Wil be bak wen we can.
Although Jacob does not talk, it soon becomes clear that he has an innate ability to create music and to communicate with animals. Remote neighbors of the farming community begin to speak of a boy who rides a cow. A childless couple, John and Marta become quite fond of the strange boy, but continue to wonder how he came to be on their porch and when someone might come for him,
"When do you think the people will come back for him?"Days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months, and still, no one comes for the boy; John and Marta, in their own quiet way, begin to hope that perhaps, no one ever will.
"Soon, don't you think? Surely, soon."
Like several of her other recent titles, in The Boy on the Porch, Sharon Creech showcases her ability to write books that hover somewhere between here and there, then and now, fantasy and reality. Transcending place and time, Sharon Creech is a masterful storyteller - heartwarming and relevant.
Other Sharon Creech books and stories reviewed on Shelf-employed:
- "The Raven," in Acting Out (Atheneum, 2008)
- The Great Unexpected (Harper Collins, 2012)
- The Unfinished Angel (Harper Collins, 2009)
- Love that Dog (Harper Collins, 2001)