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Sarah, Plain and Tall Paperback – Nov 27 1986

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (Nov. 27 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862032474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862032470
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews
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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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Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Feb. 12 2003
Format: Paperback
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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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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Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan was a book about a family in need of a mother. Jacob Whitting, and his children, Anna and Caleb put an ad in the paper asking for a wife and mother. They got one reply-from Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton. Sarah comes to live with the Whittings for one month. While she is there the Whittings start to love her. Even though Sarah is homesick for the sea, she loves the Whittings and their quaint farm. They slowly become a family, as they fight the hardships of life.
I recommend this book for children third grade and below, because I didn't find this book very interesting, and I think it was written for younger children to understand the meaning of family. This book was very short and right to the point, but there is no comdey, drama or action in it. This book disappointed me, because everyone always told me how good it was and now that I have finally read it, I didn't enjoy it that much.
It was obvious this book was written for children, because there are pictures, and the words are small 3-letter words. I rated this book 3 stars though, because it showed the value of family and friends.
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