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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.
Grade 3-6-Glenn Close narrates Patricia MacLachlan's beautiful novels on this fine audio collection. Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of Sarah, who came from Maine to answer Jacob's advertisement for a wife and mother, all from the point of view of young Anna. The classic story continues in Skylark, as Anna and her brother, Caleb, must travel with their new mother, Sarah, to Maine when a terrible drought threatens their home. Caleb picks up the story several years later in Caleb's Story, telling of the return of his grandfather, who had abandoned the family when Caleb's father was a young boy. Close, who played the role of Sarah in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of the first book, creates distinct voices for each character without ever resorting to theatrics. Anna and Caleb's voices mature as listeners progress through the stories, and Close's carefully unobtrusive narration showcases MacLachlan's simple yet poetic words. An interview with Patricia MacLachlan at the end of the collection gives students more information about the author's life and writing process, and about the real-life inspiration for Sarah. A beautiful collusion of an excellent story with a perfect narrator, and a treat for all listeners.
Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
This bitch is crazy. I'll never call you mom you crazy bitch. Go back no one wants you herePublished 2 days ago by Johnathan L Strup
I have to say Patricia MacLachlan is one of my favorite Authors. The Sarah Plain and tall Trilogy is by far my favorite from her books. Read morePublished 2 days ago by TLChronicles
What a wonderful book! In just a few pages Patricia MacLachlan manages to tell a beautiful story about two children who lost their mother and managed to find another one. Read morePublished 24 days ago by E. Ervin
Tells a great story in a short amount of time with lots of opportunities for interpretation and discussion with youngsters. A great read.Published 26 days ago by Beth
My 4 and 6 year olds loved this. Very different from the picture books they were used to, but the words really engaged their imaginations.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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