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Sarah, Plain and Tall (1985)

by Patricia MacLachlan

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Series: Sarah, Plain and Tall (1)

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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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Lovely story with a happy ending. ( )
  Millner194 | Aug 17, 2022 |
The boys and I really loved this one. The writing is wonderful. The passages are lyrical and descriptive. This story really illustrates in an accessible manner the way that people moved in former times. Many people, mail order brides included, just packed up and went and hoped for the best and made the best of what they found. ( )
  Luziadovalongo | Jul 14, 2022 |
Anna and Caleb live with their father in the plains. Their mother died when Caleb was born, and now their father decided to put an advertisement in the paper for a wife and mother for his children. Sarah Wheaton answers, and agrees to come visit from Maine. She brings joy and song to the house - but will she stay?

Rereading this was an unexpected comfort read for me. The story is very short, almost a sketch or an outline, leaving the reader to fill in some of the details. The relationships between the characters are very sweet, and you feel for young Anna and Caleb wanting to have Sarah stay, and afraid she'll be too homesick and leave. ( )
  bell7 | Jun 10, 2022 |
Very startling ending. I was reading along and suddenly there was no page to turn. Not very satisfactory. Otherwise nice story. ( )
  njcur | May 28, 2022 |
This book is great. It's a quick, easy read, so younger kids can read it, but it's still a good read for older people too! ( )
  MollyGroff | May 23, 2022 |
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MacLachlan, Patriciaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Amo, Fuencisla DelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bliss, HarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Close, GlennNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mönster, JubIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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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