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Sarah, Plain and Tall Paperback – March 3, 2015
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From the Back Cover
"Did Mama sing every day?"
Caleb asks his sister Anna.
"Every-single-day," she answers.
"Papa sang, too."
Their mother died the day after Caleb was born. Their house on the prairie is quiet now, and Papa doesn't sing anymore. Then Papa puts an ad in the paper, asking for a wife, and he receives a letter from one Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, of Maine. Papa, Anna, and Caleb write back. Caleb asks if she sings.
Sarah decides to come for a month. She writes Papa: I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall, and Tell them I sing. Anna and Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she like them? Will she stay?
About the Author
Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb’s Story; More Perfect than the Moon; Grandfather’s Dance; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; and The Truth of Me; she is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily.
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This book was about two children who lived with their father-two children who beeded a mother! The book was set in the 1900's on the plains. The father seperately needed a wife, so he put an ad in the newspaper. He got a replay! The lady's name was Sarah. She came from Maine and she was "Plain and Tall." Sarah wants to check the family out! Sarah was my favorite character, but I liked everyone. I liked Sarah because she loved animals and had her own mind-she was stubborn. I can relate to that. I liked this book because it was interesting; I had to know what would happen! I also liked this book because the children needed a mother and they got one. They had a bit to learn about the awesome ocean and Sarah had to learn about life on the plains. I would recommend this book to children in second through fifth grade and all the people who like old fashioned stuff. Finally, I would positively recommend this book to all the people who are interested in a heartwarming story.
This book is about a family with a father, a daughter, and a son living on the prairie in the early 1900's. The father put an ad in the paper for a new wife. A woman from Maine answred the ad and traveled by train to get to the prairie. My favorite character in the book was Caleb because he would always make you laugh. I liked this book becasue it had a great setting, great characters, and great lines for characters to say. I would recommend this book for 2nd grade kids.
This book was about two children that lived with their father. They lived on the prairie in the early 1900's. The father tried to find a wife by putting an ad in the paper. There is a woman that responds. My favorite character in the book was Anna because she takes care of her father and her brother. She cooks, she cleans, and she helps Caleb to remember who his mom was. I liked this book because this story reminds me of when my Uncle Luey was always taking care of my three grandmas, just like Anna took good care of Caleb and her father. I would recommend this book to people who have had their mom or wife die because you can always have love again or a new mom.
Seriously, if you try to explain to a librarian that you have reservations about the Newbery books, the librarian will roll his eyes at you, purse his lips, maybe even raise an eyebrow. Who am I, the parent, to impose my tastes on my children's reading selections?
It's to the point where a Newbery award on a book causes my alarm bells to go off.
"Sarah, Plain and Tall" is a good book about a strong family that becomes stronger when the widowed father advertises for a mail-order wife. Seriously -- single women were scarce on the prairie. The book looks lovingly at natural beauty -- the sea versus the prairie -- and it has gentle and patient adult role models. Happy ending, too.
The children's personalities are normal and kind. The little brother is described as "pesky," but in a loving way.
The language is descriptive and the dialog is brief. The whole book is about anticipation and hope.
This book is about as far from recent-Newbery-winner "Despereaux" as any book can be. And that's a GOOD thing.