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Sarah, Plain  and Tall
Sarah Plain and Tall
Author: Patricia McLachlan
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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780590974097
ISBN-10: 0590974092
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 64
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 88 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
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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Great story.
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Wonderful story...the one I have on my shelf was recieved as a gift, LIKE NEW :-)
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I enjoyed reading this short story about a mail order bride. I sort of wish the book lasted a little longer, though.