Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sarah, Plain and Tall

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This beloved Newbery Medal-winning book is the first of five books in Patricia MacLachlan's chapter book series about the Witting family.

Set 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 stay?

This 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, and it's a strong choice for independent reading. Sarah, Plain and Tall gently explores themes of abandonment, loss, and love.

Read the rest of the Sarah books by Patricia MacLachlan: Skylark, Caleb's Story, More Perfect than the Moon, and Grandfather's Dance.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 144.78 x 205.74 x 12.7mm | 226.8g
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0060241012
  • 9780060241018
  • 708,560

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Did Mama sing every day? Caleb asks his sister Anna.Every-single-day, she answers. Papa too.
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Review quote

"In a near-perfect miniature novel, two children experience the apprehensions and joys of the possibility of a new mother, when their father invites a mail-order bride to their prairie home." -- "BL.""An exquisite, sometimes painfully touching tale."-- "The New York Times"A book that is filed with wisdom, gentle humor and the practical concerns necessary for a satisfying life. Terse writing and poetic rhythm flow to create a tender story about the fragile beginnings of a family relationship on its way to permanence."-- "School Library Jornal
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70,941 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (23,148)
3 28% (20,139)
2 8% (5,656)
1 2% (1,701)
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