- Publisher: Artisan/Hallmark (2002)
- ASIN: B0002KVIKY
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (407 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sarah Plain and Tall
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Some adjustments _will_ have to be made first. Sarah has to get used to living away from the ocean that she has known and loved all her life. Jacob has to get used to having a headstrong wife who is just as good at carpentry as he is. The children have to get used to a new and unorthodox mother. Yet their hope that everything will work out always shines through.
"Sarah, Plain and Tall" is a story about people learning to live together and become a family simply because they've grown to love each other. It is also about seeing both new things with old eyes and old things with new eyes. The reader will enjoy this short, joy-filled period in the lives of these characters, whether they are learning how to swim, sliding down haystacks, or tossing cut hair to birds.
Patricia MacLachlan uses very simple language, which only highlights her poet's gift of saying volumes and painting landscapes with a few well-chosen words. The images in the novel are as potent as images in poetry, even though everything is in prose. Every last word is meaningful.
I need only think of "Sarah, Plain and Tall" to remember that sometimes the simplest children's stories are the best.
Sarah, Plain and Tall, is about a young girl named Anna who tells a love story about how her small family found their missing link to happiness. Anna's mother died at the birth of Caleb, Anna's younger brother. Since the death of her mother things have not seemed right around the prairie, there has been a longing for a mother figure. In the times of covered wagons and tumble weed, a man could write off for a mail order bride; which is what Jacob, Anna's father did. In response a young woman from Maine, named Sarah, showed up on the prairie in a yellow bonnet, she was plain and tall. Instantly the family fell in love with Sarah, she fit the roll of mother, nurturer, lover, and partner. Sarah completed the circle of love that made the family. Sarah, Plain and Tall is a love story, but not your typical love story. It is about the love that a young girl and her family crave for a mother. This story shows the importance of a female roll model in a family. Even though the family was fine and being taken care of, each other family members were missing something. Anna wanted someone to braid her hair, Caleb wanted someone to sing like his mother did, and Jacob wanted a partner to help him with raising his family and to give him affection. This is a love story, but a most unusual one. The structure is strong,and the characters firmly established. (Sutherland) This book shows the effect on how a mother type role is needed in the stability of a family. Once Sarah arrived, things in the family changed. Flowers were being hung up, children were taken care of, haircuts were given, and meals were always prepared. Everyone in the family became happy, and realized on what they had been missing out on since the death of their mother.Read more ›
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Watch the movie, THEN read the book. The movie fleshes out the material so that you can enjoy the characters. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Bright Side
The author is superb story teller with few words and her characters are ones we would like to meet, have for a neighbor, or be!
Recommend for children and grown children!
My 8 year old daughter thought this book was adventurous, but only said 4 stars because there are sad elements. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mom&teacher
I think it was a very heartwarming book but it was a little dry on action but other than that it was perfection!
can't wait to read book two!