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Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah Plain and Tall
Author: Patricia MacLaclan
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 wr...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780439078399
ISBN-10: 0439078393
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 64
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This is a short book but one that is well written: funny, sad, touching. Home is where the heart is and where you find those who love you!
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A very sweet, touching story that not only taught my children about life on the prairie, but what it means to be a family. Short, but powerful.
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Another favorite. This story is about an amazing woman with a lot of courage who is able to rise above the fears of living in the wilderness and not knowing anyone around her to falling in love with the man who has called for her after the death of his wife. Sarah Plain and Tall is such an important story for adolescents (and anyone else for that matter) to understand the hardships of life in pioneering times. The reading is smooth and easy, but the lessons it teaches are much more in depth. A great combination for young readers and people who just need a break.
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Hardcover for ages 8-10. From the cover:

Enjoy three heartwarming stories from celebrated Newbery medalist Patricia MacLachlan in this captivating collection about frontier life on the prairie.

"Sarah, Plain and Tall" introduces us to Anna and Caleb, and their Papa. Caleb can't remember Mama, who died a day after he was born. His older sister, Anna, says that Papa and Mama sang "every-single-day." Now Papa doesn't sing at all. When Papa places an ad for a wife in the newspaper, Sarah comes into their lives, and everything changes.

In "Skylark", Papa marries Sarah and the family continues their new life together. Then a long drought threatens the farm and forces Sarah to take Caleb and Anna to her home in Maine. Will the family ever reunite?

"Caleb's Story" takes place back on the prairie, where a new sister, Cassie, and a mysterious stranger give Caleb material to write about in his journal.

Patricia MacLachlan writes beautifully of courage, forgiveness, and the love that binds a family together.
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