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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
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Tags:Newbery, family, losing a mother

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Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (1985)

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Anna and Caleb's mother died giving birth to Caleb, so their father Jacob advertises in Eastern papers requesting a wife. Sarah is from Maine and arrives on the prairie missing the sea, but determined to make the best of the situation. The story is told from Anna's perspective as Sarah gets to know the family and fall in love with them, and they with her.
This slim novel is best when read between the lines, as Sarah does with the family's initial letters to her. There is so much more in what's not told or shown, but hints are given and scenes are elucidated that are representative of this family's blending. A sweet book. ( )
  EmScape | Apr 19, 2015 |
Summary: This book is about a family, where the mother died when the young son was born, and so the father puts an ad in the paper asking for a new wife. A woman named Sarah answers, and comes to visit, but misses her home. The book shows her stay with the family and whether or not she will stay with them.

Personal Reaction: I thought this book was cute. It was sweet, and made me smile. A really good, lighthearted, easy read for kids.

Classroom Extensions:
1: Kids could make a garden, like Sarah's in the book, and learn about the different type of flowers that grow in different areas.

2: Teach children about the sea, do crafts with seashells, and learn about sea life.

3: Learn about the prairie and farming, and the different farm animals mentioned in the book. Talk about sheep, and how their wool is used to make clothes, etc.
  yelhsajoh | Apr 15, 2015 |
Summary: This book is about a woman named Sarah who lived back in 1910, a widowed farmer named Jacob was having a hard time raising his children so he put an ad in the newspaper to find a wife. Sarah replied but only described herself as "Plain, and Tall", she struggles being with the family, and dealing with Jacobs attitude problem.

Personal Reaction: I thought this book was very interesting because nowadays men do not put ads in the newspaper for wives, it's weird that back then it was considered okay. I'm glad it is not like that anymore.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) Have the students make their own newspaper article about them selling an item.
2) Have the students write a story about their families. ( )
  lizzydelg | Apr 15, 2015 |
Do not let the size or cover of this book fool you. It is only 58 pages long, but filled with many opportunities to dig below the surface and do some inferencing. It also looks like a “girl’s” book, but boys love the story and connect with the little boy. This book could be used with a unit on Westward Expansion, and definitely requires some additional research in order to understand the importance of setting and time. I launch my Historical Fiction Unit with this book as a Read Aloud, and we do one chapter a day, and a lot of writing in our journals. ( )
  Taranto | Dec 2, 2014 |
Anna tells her younger brother Caleb that Papa and Mama used to sing together. It has been some time since daddy has sung. Caleb has no memories of his mother. Dad has now placed an ad for help. The children ask dad if the ad is for a housekeeper and he replies, “no, a wife.” This is how the children find out about Sarah. Sarah Wheaton had written a letter in response to the ad. Caleb wanted to know one thing: Does she sing?
Sarah and the family exchange letters. The children are excited to learn that Sarah sings. Sarah comes for a one-month visit and the children discover that she is plain and tall. During the visit, the children notice she is homesick. When Sarah leaves to go to town, the children worry that she may never come back. ( )
  ecollado | Nov 27, 2014 |
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Patricia MacLachlanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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.
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"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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