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Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Sarah, Plain and Tall (original 1985; edition 1987)

by Patricia MacLachlan

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Title:Sarah, Plain and Tall
Authors:Patricia MacLachlan
Info:HarperCollins (1987), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 64 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Newbery, family, losing a mother

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Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (1985)


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I would use this book in 3rd and 4th grade. In 3rd grade I would use this book as a class read aloud. Each student would have their own book and take turns reading out loud to the class. This book can teach summarizing in 3rd grade. Students could practice writing short summaries on each chapter. In 4th grade I would use this book as an independent read to teach students about inferring. This book has a lot of points that students can infer what would happen next.
  mwilcox02 | Feb 23, 2017 |
I remember the film adaptation quite vividly, and assume that the book is just a lovely.
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
Summary: This book is about a young brother and sister who lose their mother. The father of the two young children wants to find a mother to help raise them so he advertises for a mail-order bride. Sarah, sees the advertisement and agrees to come for a month with the family to see if it works. The family adores Sarah and their connection is evident. With the love and connection they share, Sarah agrees to stay with the family.

Personal reaction: I think this is a classic tale that really pulls the audience in. We see their loneliness and sadness in the beginning but have hope that Sarah will work out. With the ending being so happy, it leaves the reader feeling the same joy that the family feels...content and complete.

Classroom extension ideas: Use this story to discuss setting. Compare and contrast the two settings that Sarah encounters...the ocean she was used to, and the prairie she comes to know.
  Morgan.Nelson | Nov 28, 2016 |
Caleb and Anna's mother has died, and their father Jacob no longer sings. He advertises for a new wife and Sarah answers the ad. She's from the Maine coast and makes the journey out to the far prairie to see if she and the family will get along. Caleb and Anna like her immediately, but are terrified that she will leave them like their mother did. Utterly sweet story well worth a read. ( )
  Mrs_McGreevy | Nov 17, 2016 |
This is a story finding the perfect wife for your dad. The dad goes through the mail-order bride advertisement to find a wife. Sarah brings a joy and peace that this family needs. She came for a month but stay on the hearts of the kids for a lifetime.

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Losing someone special in your life is a hard road to come back from. Living and loving again in life is a special thing that is what you’re love ones want you to do. I like this book, love never gets old. Set in the 19th century working the land and living life as a family that is old school love.

Classroom Extension Ideas:

1.Ask the kids in a lament terms do they know about losing someone.

2.Get kids to sing as they read this book.

3.Have the parents of the kids to put on a play ( )
  cedric_edwards | Nov 12, 2016 |
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Amo, Fuencisla DelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustrationssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bliss, HarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Close, GlennNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Did Mama sing every day?" asked Caleb.
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"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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