The Boy on the Porch

boyontheporchWritten by Sharon Creech

A very melancholy book about a found little boy and the couple who find him. It is well written, easy to read and may help people in or around a foster family situation. It has a happy ending, but it isn’t that satisfying of a book.

It seems like it could have been based on a true story in a long ago time. Children left on someone’s porch nowadays wouldn’t be returned without some sort of investigation. So that part of the story didn’t ring true for current times.

The couple wanting to share their love with other children and thinking about their fondness for the boy that was found on their porch did seem true. I hope this helps children in foster care and their families realize that love is everywhere and families aren’t always born together.

Review by Cheryl Baker, Teacher at Mill Creek Elementary School
Rating: ★★★✩✩ (3 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

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The Boy on the Porch
Written by Sharon Creech
Joanna Cotler Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
151 pages
Release Date: September 3, 2013
ISBN: 9780061892356 (hardcover)

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1 thought on “The Boy on the Porch”

  1. As an adoptive mom this book broke my heart. I think I could relate too well with the couple though. I would love to hear a students reaction to the book. It is important to show that love is everywhere and that families are not always born together.

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