A childless couple, John and Marta, finds a boy asleep on the porch of their farmhouse one day. They haven't seen him around before. They don't know who left him with them or why. All they have is that scraggly note.
There's nothing they can do but take the boy, Jacob, in. (Not that they aren't secretly happy to.)
The boy doesn't talk. He taps. Tap tap tap. Tap-tap, tap-tap. It takes Marta a while to figure out that's how he communicates. John trades in his belts and hat at the store so Jacob has paints and a drum set. Marta checks on him when he goes to bed every night.
Jacob rides the cow and forms a deep friendship with the couple's beagle. Funny thing being, all three of them didn't belong to John and Marta. They have each "found" their way to them, like children finding their way to parents.
Together they make up a warm, happy family. The boy arrives on their porch along with many questions, but there's one in particular that constantly haunt John and Marta, one they dread and fear:
Those people who left Jacob with them, when are they coming to claim him?
There are two Sharon Creech stories I hold dearly (which I must have mentioned to shreds on this blog) : Heartbeat and Walk Two Moons. It's not surprising that whenever I read another of her novel, I compare it to what those two have given me.
The Boy on the Porch is a touching story about parenting and unexpected connections. It is sweet and, naturally, a little sad ~ just the type for me. I wish there was a wee bit more flavour in the narrative. Just a bit more. Like a pot of soup I would have preferred to be left brewing for a while more. Still, I'm very glad I picked this up from the library. Sometimes strangers who become family remain closer than real families do.
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