Sarah, Plain and Tall Paperback – Nov 27 1986
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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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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.Read more ›
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!!!!!!!!
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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"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 morePublished on July 5 2004
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 morePublished on June 21 2004 by Orville Perr Jr
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 morePublished on June 19 2004 by Joshua Girardin
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
Sarah, Plain and Tall is about a girl named Anna who's mother dies from giving birth to Anna's brother Caleb. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Sasha
This amazing novel will knock your socks off. This story is about a man named Jacob and his two kids,Anna and Caleb. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 7 2004 by Peggy Vincent
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 morePublished on Dec 19 2003 by firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ay fink these ese a good book bee caos ese great how anna and cable got a nyou mother. Read more