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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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This book was used for Language Arts in third grade and had several great discussions and activities to go along with it. It was used to teach topics such as similes, plot, and character development.
  zkstonem | May 12, 2015 |
This book would be good to use when talking about the prairies and the early 19th century. I thinks students would like it because of how Sarah is trying to adjust to life on the farm. ( )
  Kate_Schulte078 | May 4, 2015 |
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 |
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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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"Did Mama sing every day?" asked Caleb.
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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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