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Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Sarah, Plain and Tall (1985)

by Patricia MacLachlan

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Series: Sarah, Plain and Tall (1)

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This book is about a widower who has recently lost his wife and needs help raising his kids, so he puts an ad in the paper for a new wife. A young woman named Sarah agrees to the ad, even though she is very skeptical. She goes to visit the family, where she is welcomed by some, and not by others. As the story continues, Sarah and the father fall in love, and they become a happy family, children and all. This book would be great for upper elementary students when discussing life in the pioneer days and teaching new vocabulary. ( )
  Taylor20 | Mar 21, 2017 |
This book would be a good read aloud book for k-1, but could be independently read 2-5. This book could be used for 3rd grade when learning how to write a narrative, and it could help them to write about something that they have lost before, or a time when they had something they really loved more than anything and were scared to lose it, so that they could make connections. This book can also be used to explain to any grade what the life was like on the frontier by examining their day by day activities, and also pairing it with supplements like Little House on the Prairie, or other first hand accounts of life on the frontier.
  rstrohmeier | Mar 12, 2017 |
The story about a small family whose father has advertised that he is looking for a bride. When a young woman, Sarah, replies to his advertisement and deciding to live with the family for a month. She begins to feel attached to the family and decides to stay with them. This book is very good to introduce when discussing with the students about moving and that it is okay to miss the place from where you come from. Also when discussing about a parent being remarried after loosing their mother or father. ( )
  Mb_Flor | Mar 2, 2017 |
I would use this book for fourth grade because this is a simple chapter book but challenges them enough for the reading levels. I would use this book as an independent read because the students could connect with the characters ages and family similarities.
  SaraGraviss | Mar 1, 2017 |
I would use this book in 3rd and 4th grade because the reading level is about a K-2nd grade reading level. In 3rd grade I would use this book as a class novel. This book can teach summarizing in 3rd grade. In 4th grade I would use this book as an independent read for children who like to read and find reading books about the past interesting.
  mwilcox02 | Feb 23, 2017 |
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Patricia MacLachlanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Amo, Fuencisla DelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustrationssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bliss, HarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Close, GlennNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For old friends, dear friends - Dick and Wendy Puff, Allison and Derek
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"Did Mama sing every day?" asked Caleb.
"And she named me Caleb," he went on, filling in the old familiar story.
"I would have named you Troublesome,"' I said, making Caleb smile.
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MacLachlan, author of Unclaimed Treasures, has written an affecting tale for children. In the late 19th century a widowed midwestern farmer with two children--Anna and Caleb--advertises for a wife. When Sarah arrives she is homesick for Maine, especially for the ocean which she misses greatly. The children fear that she will not stay, and when she goes off to town alone, young Caleb--whose mother died during childbirth--is stricken with the fear that she has gone for good. But she returns with colored pencils to illustrate for them the beauty of Maine, and to explain that, though she misses her home, "the truth of it is I would miss you more." The tale gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love.

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When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

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