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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
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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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Children Caleb and Anna lost their mother due to childbirth and the house has been sad ever since, Papa finds a mail order bride named Sarah, who is anything but plain, who visits on a one month trial to see if she fits. The children analyze everything she says to mean that Sarah is there for the long haul.
It's an easy read, giving the reader hope that there can be happiness after grief. ( )
  rhigginbotham | Sep 7, 2014 |
Sara Plain and Tall is a very special book for me. It was the first book I read when I came to the US and I struggled so much to understand it. The book is about a father that postes an advertisement in the newspaper to find a wife. He receives a letter from Sara who lives in Maine by the sea. Sara goes to his house for a month to meet his children and get to know each other. ( )
  cvarela | Sep 6, 2014 |
This book is about a girl who has to step up at a early age to try to become a mother like figure to her little brother. the little boy constantly asks about his mother who died the day he was born so he has no recollection of her.

This is a touching book which speaks to younger peoples emotions and maybe some of them can relate to having to grow up faster than they would have wished.

Have the kids talk about a moment that they had to act grown up
  RaymondGraham | Jul 22, 2014 |
This book is about two kids who have lost their mother soon after the birth of the youngest child. Their father send for a new bride. Sarah came to stay for a month to see if she would like living on a prairie. She was from Maine which is close to the ocean. She deeply missed the ocean. The children were afraid she would miss it too much and leave them. They showed her that prairie life could be just as beautiful as the sea.

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I have often dreamed about living on a prairie back in the days of wagons. I know it would have been difficult, but I love this book because it helps me imagine what that life would feel like. Sleeping in the barn on a stormy night, running and jumping with sheep in the fields, and swimming in the ponds.

Classroom Extension:
1. Have students research and find pictures of the different types of flowers that are talked about in this book.
2. Compare things you find at the ocean versus things you find on a prairie.
  Tarakalynn | Jul 14, 2014 |
The novel is set in the midwestern United States (Kansas) during the late 19th century. Jacob Witting, a widowed farmer who is still saddened by the death of his wife several years earlier, giving birth to Caleb, finds that the task of taking care of his farm and two children, Anna and Caleb, is too difficult to handle alone. He writes an ad in the newspaper for a mail-order bride. Sarah, from Maine, answers his ad and travels out to become his wife. But Sarah grows homesick - the prairie grass didn't substitute for the Maine sea shore. When Sarah leaves for a trip into town, the kids wonder if she would come back. And she did. She had brought back colored pencils so she could show them the beautiful colors and views of Maine and gorgeous sea shore. She, Anna, Caleb, and Jacob have a lot of good times that lead to Caleb loving Sarah even more, but Anna thinks that she will replace her mother. In the end Sarah and Jacob get married. ( )
  Stsmurphy | Jun 7, 2014 |
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Amo, Fuencisla DelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustrationssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bliss, HarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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