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Sarah Plain And Tall [Paperback]

Patricia MacLachlan
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July 21 2004 Sarah, Plain and Tall Saga
"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?

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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.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Plain, Tall, and Succint Jan. 1 2004
The rating system is severely flawed. This book deserves 4 and 1/2 stars, but no such rating exists. Just the same, "Sarah, Plain and Tall" is a short sweet story. Some have criticized MacLachlan's unrealistic depiction of a mail order bride that has a say in whether she stays or returns to her hometown. Arguments have been made that this depiction is not historically accurate and that women did not have such choices in the pioneer days of early America. I am willing to point out that the book itself is a little more complex. Though told in the second person, the primary eyes and ears of this tale are small children. To them, everything depends on whether or not Sarah stays. It is worthwhile to note that Sarah herself never says that she is "deciding" on whether or not she is staying. Nor does the father offer any sort of worry or concern along those lines (unless you count his initial reluctance to teach Sarah how to drive a carriage). My own personal theory is that this idea is solely in the heads of the children. The fact that Sarah does not immediately marry their father does throw this interpretation into a little confusion, but it's far easier to believe that Sarah "does things her way" and wants to wait a little while before marrying someone she doesn't know, rather than believe she would have any real choice in the matter.
I have been told that boys would never voluntarily read this book on their own because it is (horrors) pink. Furthermore, it has a girl's name in the title. And admittedly such things would be highly suspect to most (not all) little boys. Just the same, I believe boys will get just as much out of this story as girls would. I recommend "Sarah, Plain and Tall" to any child that is into stories of orphan children finding a home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Beautiful and Moving Film Sept. 13 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I caught the recent airing of this movie on the Hallmark Channel, and was totally blown away by this amazing story of courage and the healing power of love. Not to mention finding something you never knew you needed, and just when you least expected it--which is a fairly accurate descripton of what happens to Jacob, a widowed father of two who places a newspaper ad for a wife, with the main intent of finding a mother for his lonely young children. Enter Sarah, an intelligent and independent woman from Maine who exchanges letters with Jacob and his children and decides to journey to Kansas and stay with them for a month on a sort of trial basis. As the four get used to this new arrangement and go through several trials together, Jacob's children quickly grow to adore Sarah, and she them. Jacob clearly likes and respects Sarah, but his refusal to acknowledge his grief, pain, and feelings of guilt over his first wife's death mean he isn't able to let himself LOVE Sarah--yet. But soon, Jacob finds himself forced to confront those feelings head on. Finally, Jacob gives in to his long-buried grief and pain--and, at last, he is able to open up his heart and confess all to Sarah. But will Sarah decide to stay--or leave him and his children for the seaside home in Maine she misses so much? Glenn Close and Christopher Walken are both OUTSTANDING in this film which is a wonderful choice for a family film night or if you just want to see a really great movie all by your lonesome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars sarah,plain and tall Feb. 12 2003
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Do you know what it's like to have a stranger in your house? Well once there was a house on the prairie. Inside there was one child named Caleb, one named Anne & their father named Jacob.caleb & Anne miss their mother who died the day after Caleb was born. Then their father told them about an ad he'd placed in the newspaper for a mail-order-bride. Someone wrote back named Sarah. Caleb and Anne wonders "will she like us"? "Will she stay"?
This was a really touching story in chapter book form.sarah misses the sea in her state and cries about it. Her first main emotion was her love for the sea and second was her love for the children. She can't choose if she will go home or stay. My favorite parts are when Maggy their neighbor comes over to help Sarah with her problems of homesickness. Everyone gets homesickness now and then. My second favorite is when it's raining and everyone runs into the barn. Sarah puts her picture in the window and they all stare at it, wondering what's missing.
It was a really good book even though it had black and white drawings and you needed a lot of clues to get the lesson. I recommend this book to children with problems in their families, children whose relatives passed away, adopted children, and interested readers. It won the Newbery Honor Award. But don't take my word for it, you should read it your self!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Mail Order Bride" Becomes Loving Mum To Family Feb. 5 2003
This is a simple, yet endearing story, set in the American Pioneer Days, about a widowed father who seems desperate to find a new wife who can not only give him back the companionship he misses, but one who can be a mother to his small children. To have help doing "woman's work" would be another valuable quality.
After corresponding a few times with an interested woman "back East", the father indeed brings home this "plain, tall woman" Sarah. The new "Mrs." may not be much to look at, but she certainly becomes a loved and welcomed part of the "ready made" family. Sarah also provides some special "magic", like a true loving mother would.
At fewer than 60 pages (in rather large print), this is an easy early reader, not overwhelming even a second grader. This Newbery Medal Winner makes a pleasant addition to any child's library. I highly recommend this book especially to children who are looking to venture into literature outside of the "picture book" area. This one is a winner!****
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Terrible, Not Good At All
"Sarah, Plain and Tall" is a short and boring book. I, an eleven-year-old boy, had to read it for Accelerated Reader, and as the story progressed it became worse and worse. Read more
Published on July 5 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Review Of
This book was a book that I did not care for. The plot was poorly developed. There is very little detail. The story goes nowhere fast. My last comment is the book is too short. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Orville Perr Jr
2.0 out of 5 stars Sarah, Plain, and Tall
Sarah came to the prairie, from Maine, to marry Papa (Jacob Witting). At firs it seemed like alot to us (Caleb Witting,and Anna Witting,or Jacobs childern) to have a new mother,... Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Joshua Girardin
1.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Plain and Tall
I did not care for this book because the plot could have been developed better. More detail would have been appreciated.
Published on May 29 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars I may be a kid, but I have big thoughts!
Sarah, Plain and Tall is about a girl named Anna who's mother dies from giving birth to Anna's brother Caleb. Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by Sasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Are They a Perfect Couple or Not?
This amazing novel will knock your socks off. This story is about a man named Jacob and his two kids,Anna and Caleb. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hallmark made-for-TV movie, but oh boy!
The book of the same title was incredibly thin but packed such a powerful punch that it's no wonder it was made into a movie, and it's not at all cheesy. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by Peggy Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars not as strong as i remember it
Like many people, I read this book first when I was a small child. And it has been maybe 20 years since I've seen it. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2003 by
5.0 out of 5 stars A GRATE BOOK
Pwees underswand thag my inglis ese not to good. Thamk You!
Ay fink these ese a good book bee caos ese great how anna and cable got a nyou mother. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2003 by Amazon seller
1.0 out of 5 stars "plain" describes this book very well.
this book is so plain! that's where they got the name. it really is. don't put any little kids through the torture of reading this horrible book. it scarred me for life.
Published on Nov. 23 2003
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