Sarah Plain and Tall

Sarah Plain and Tall[Read] ➲ Sarah Plain and Tall ➺ Patricia MacLachlan – This beloved Newbery Medal–winning book is the first of five books in Patricia MacLachlan's chapter book series about the Witting familySet in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna's This beloved Newbery Medal–winning book is the first of five Sarah Plain Epub / books in Patricia MacLachlan's chapter book series about the Witting familySet in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna's point of view Sarah Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papa's advertisement for a wife and mother Before Sarah arrives Anna and her younger brother Caleb wait and wonder Will Sarah be nice Will she sing Will she stayThis children's literature classic is perfect for fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie books historical fiction and timeless stories using rich and beautiful language Sarah Plain and Tall gently explores themes of abandonment loss and love.

Patricia MacLachlan was born on the prairie and to this Sarah Plain Epub / day carries a small bag of prairie dirt with her wherever she goes to remind her of what she knew first She is the author of many well loved novels and picture books including Sarah Plain and Tall winner of the Newbery Medal; its seuels Skylark and Caleb's Story; and Three Names illustrated by Mike Wimmer She lives in western Massach.

Sarah Plain and Tall PDF/EPUB â Sarah Plain  Epub /
  • Paperback
  • 64 pages
  • Sarah Plain and Tall
  • Patricia MacLachlan
  • English
  • 20 January 2016
  • 9780618062416

10 thoughts on “Sarah Plain and Tall

  1. says:

    This is a slight book an hour or two's read at most yet it's deeply moving and addresses the existential problems of life in a straightforward way The book is as plain as Sarah but neither the word plain nor Sarah's beauty or lack of it are ever defined Does 'plain' mean not good looking not beautiful on the surface or does it mean unadorned without unnecessary ornament both in looks and her character In the context of the book either way makes perfect sense The story has but a small plot a dead mother a child who misses what he's never known an older sister who is bored with comforting her younger brother a father who does his best but is overwhelmed and lonely as the only adult holding his family together And then comes Sarah Answering an advert for a wife we never learn why she never married and was willing to leave her home for an unknown man hard work in a deeply rural setting and a ready made family Problems are presented solutions suggested but most important in this book are the feelings engendered by the meeting of this lonely family and this lonely woman and how they all bond tentatively at first into a beautiful family with a future expanded by love The most interesting part of the book for me was Sarah Who was she? Who was this woman who was homesick for a life that is never described that she left because of loneliness? In the same way as the mad woman in the attic in Jane Eyre has her story unfolded in the Wide Sargasso Sea I feel a book that tells of Sarah and what there was in her life that drove her to reply to an advertisement for a wife and mother in a place very far from home is a story waiting to be told The writing is simple ideal for a child but the book the central mystery of Sarah makes it just as interesting for an adultI loved this little book

  2. says:

    This is really a lovely little story beautifully told deceptively simple full of hope and fear and love Sarah Plain and Tall winner of the Newbery Medal one the shortest books ever to win that award was written in 1985 but feels like something from a much earlier time It could have been written 80 or 100 years ago It's timeless It's based on a true story about the author's ancestors There are a lot of mail order bride romances out there but this is one from the children's point of view although you catch fascinating glimpses of what's going on in the minds of their father Jacob and Sarah his potential brideAnna and Caleb are two young children who in the US plains with their widowed father in maybe the late 1800s? Their mother died the day after Caleb was bornThey had come for her in a wagon and taken her away to be buried And then the cousins and aunts and uncles had come and tried to fill up the house But they couldn'tNow Jacob has advertised for a mail order wife and Sarah Wheaton from Maine who describes herself as plain and tall writes a letter to him They arrange for Sarah and her gray cat Seal to come visit their family for a month to see if it's a good fit before making a permanent decisionCaleb wears his heart on his sleeve desperately wanting Sarah to stay but afraid that their house is too small and that he is too loud and pesky Anna hopes too but is cautious and watchful Their father Jacob learns to laugh and sing again even as he is arguing with Sarah about whether she should wear his overalls ride his skittish horse and help fix the roof And Sarah Sarah misses the sea But there are always things to miss no matter where you are” And things and people that work their way into your heart and find a home there I'd love to know about the original story but there's not a lot out there at least that I've been able to find so far other than that MacLachlan's mother andor aunt begged her to write a book about this story

  3. says:

    Captures the many emotions of starting a new life while still remembering the old A short and simple yet tender and touching story

  4. says:

    This was lovely I did have uotes I wanted to share but as I read this one weeks ago I've lost the drive to look them up A nice addition was the notes at the end from the author which include her acceptance speech from awards the novel won Interesting were her thoughts on the writing process and what her children taught her along the way I think this is a classic that does not have a lot of recognition here in Australia Sarah who happens to be plain and tall comes to a farm of a widow and his two young children who hope she will stay for the long haul Each member of this family having things to teach one another

  5. says:

    Patricia did some amazing character development for such a short story With this you are in and you're out A family lost their mother and Sarah answers an ad in the paper They write letters back and forth Sarah goes from Maine to the plains The kids love Sarah There is a big Suall to be the big piece of this bookIt was a uick enjoyable read If you loved Little house on the Prairie then you need to read this too Great for 3rd and 4th grade readers

  6. says:

    5★Warm and fuzzy story told by Anna about her father seeking a wife and mother for them and her little brother Caleb in the 1800s Heart warming short easy and the first of several books I see A simple story for kids that is appealing to adults for the underlying meaning as well as the 'plain' story The children have commented that their father doesn’t sing any Widowed many years ago after the birth of young Caleb Jacob realises it’s time to find a wife and mother so advertises for one as his neighbour did so successfullyHe receives a reply from Sarah a girl in Maine who wants to move from the home she’s shared with her brother so he and his new wife can have it to themselves He and Anna both exchange letters with Sarah who agrees to come for a month’s visit “ 'Dear Jacob I will come by train I will wear a yellow bonnet I am plain and tallSarah'‘What’s that?’ asked Caleb excitedly peering over Papa’s shoulder He pointed ‘There written at the bottom of the letter’Papa read it to himself Then he smiled holding up the letter for us to see Tell them I sing was all it said”When she arrives she speaks so often of the sea and loving to live near the shore that the children read all kinds of meaning into each comment worrying she will decide not to stayuite delightful I figured if Glenn Close had been involved in the film versions of this saga it must be good and it wasI see it’s been written to meet the Common Core State Standards so it’s obviously a good choice for parents and teachers to encourage young readers And there seem to be a lot of teaching resources available too The beauty of books like this for kids is that they really don't 'date' since it's historical fiction Probably appeal to fans of Little House on the Prairie

  7. says:

    I have loved this sweet story since I saw the Hallmark movie starring Glenn Close and Christopher Walken back in the early 90's At that time I didn't know the film is based on a book I now have a rule that before I can watch a film adaptation I have to read the book first I'm a few decades late on this onebut decided to make it right and enjoy this book OMGthis book is just so sweet and beautiful I don't often read sentimental stories like this but I'm glad I took the time to enjoy this one Sarah Wheaton lives in Maine Her brother is getting married soon so she answers an advertisement placed by a man named Jacob in Kansas who is looking for a wife and mother for his two children Anna and Caleb lost their mother six years before She died soon after giving birth to Caleb The story relates the family's meeting Sarah and the month that she stays with them to see if a relationship with Jacob will work Just a beautiful storyThere are actually 5 books in the Sarah Plain and Tall series I knew that there was a second book Skylark because I watched the movie version when it first came out But I have never read the other books I'm definitely going to read them now Some stories just make you happy in your heart and soul and this one does that for me A entertaining feel good just totally enjoyable book I can't wait to read the rest of the seriesI listened to the audiobook version of this story At just over an hour long it's a uick listen Perfect for enjoying with kids Glenn Close narrates which is perfect Loved it

  8. says:

    I know it's hard to believe but the book was sweeter than the movie; which ironically I actually wasn't expecting The book is after all only 67 pages and I wasn't aware that such character development and likableness could occur in such a short span of time But give a great author a pen and I guess magic can happenThe characters were great I liked the fact that Anna was on board with having Sarah come I'm not sure why they changed that in the movie More drama perhaps The dialogue which I found somewhat silly in the movie really worked in the book It somehow made Anna and Caleb endearing with their one word repetitive repliesIt's a uick little read but one that shouldn't be forgotten or missed for family reading timeAges 6 10Cleanliness nothing to noteLike my reviews? Then you should follow me Because I have hundreds just like this one With each review I provide a Cleanliness Report mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents andor conscientious readers like me can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not Content surprises are super annoying especially when you’re 100 pages in so here’s my attempt to help you avoid that So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads You’ll see my updates as I’m reading and know which books I’m liking and what I’m not finishing and why You’ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you’re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not From swear words to romance to bad attitudes in children’s books I cover it all

  9. says:

    “The dogs loved Sarah first”Years ago someone recommended this children’s book to me and I’m sorry I waited so long to read it Not a hint of condescension in here; just beautifully evocative simplicity “Gophers ran back and forth across the road stopping to stand up and watch the wagon Far off in a field a woodchuck ate and listened Ate and listened”It’s a touching feel good story but much strong characters subtle emotions a well drawn setting and threads of tension carrying it along Perfect for readers of any age and I loved it

  10. says:

    by Andrea Renee CoxAw This story is so sweet every time Will I cry each time I read it? Probably It's just that sweet And I'm a bit of a weeper when it comes to those types of stories Sarah is such a fun and spunky heroine I love how great she is with the kids Now I want to dig out my movie version and watch Glenn Close as Sarah plain and tall She always makes me smile in that roleI was not compensated for my honest review

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