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Sarah, Plain and Tall Paperback – August 3, 2004
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From School Library Journal
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Her words are like music.
The story premise is attractive in itself. The characters make the story, though. The movies are also wonderful and family friendly. The books almost act as a script in themselves for the movies as much of the dialogue and scenes are taken directly from Patricia MacLachlan's words in the stories. Thankfully, she wrote the scripts for the movies and was able to capture the magic in her books on screen.
Wonderful stories that are not only enjoyable for children, but for adults, too.