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 BeforeThis 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 Sarah, Plain and Tall gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love.
Sarah Plain and Tall 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 p
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 [...]
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, but it s timeless It s based on a true story about the author s ancestors I d love to know about the original story but there s not a lot out there, at least that I ve been ab [...]
Captures the many emotions of starting a new life while still remembering the old A short and simple yet tender and touching story.
This was lovely I did have quotes 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 h [...]
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 Squall to be the big piece of this book.It was a quick, enjoyable read If you loved Little house on the Prairie, then you need to read this too Great for 3rd and 4th grade readers.
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 h [...]
This was lovely, almost 5 stars, just too short, we wanted details of day to day life and felt we didn t really get to know the characters as well as we would have liked to The story describes how a young family who are suffering the loss of the mother following childbirth a few years previously meets someone new who comes in to their lives as a potential wife mother The description of the the book says that the father advertises for a wife, I think describing Sarah as a mail order wife and tha [...]
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 Perfec [...]
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 role.I was not compensated for my honest review.
My mother is a retired librarian, and this was one of the books she recommended most frequently for young readers Now many years into retirement, she still suggests it regularly Anna and Caleb live on the prairie with their papa Mama died from childbirth complications, and the house feels hollow now that Papa doesn t sing any Sarah comes from Maine for a one month trial period to see if she and Papa might want to marry Sarah is plain and tall, which is probably why she hasn t yet found a husband [...]
This is a sweet story that I loved when I read it as a small child and loved again when I read it a year or two ago It s really simple and easy to understand, but there are subtle things that I didn t catch when I was little that I caught when I read it recently so I think it s good for all ages, not just children.
I d forgotten all about this gem, until I saw someone elses review on hereI loved this and so did my daughter.
3.5 starsThis was a sweet tale about loss, love, and family.
Can we say overrated This is supposed to be one of the greatest classics in Children s Literature, and the winner of the Newbery in 1986 There s no character development actionjust a bunch of waiting around for some kind of story to develop.I can summarize this story with these questions and answers coming from the snot nosed, little children in the novel Will we have a mother Will Sarah come Will she like me Will she stay Yes Boring Thank God Glenn Close made the character somewhat tolerable i [...]
A matter of fact woman becomes a mail order bride and changes the life of a young family Gentle, subtle, sweet.
Fact 1 My car is gray I named it Seal, after Sarah s cat Fact 2 I am an bernerd.
Another book that would make a good read aloud for kids, but is just a tiny bit disappointing if you re a teen when you read it for the first time.
This is my absolute favorite book Well, OK, top 10 You know how it is with me and favorites I have lost count of how many times I ve read this little gem of a book Every sentence is perfect and adds to the story Each sentence has not one word or description too many The prose is spare and perfect The books reads like masterful storytelling instead of novel reading I love this book I ve lost count of how many times I have read it Until this year, I taught it every year to my fourth graders at the [...]
I saw a reference to this book in a Books of the Century list and realized I hadn t ever read it or watched the TV movies with Glenn Close Here s what I suggest When you re feeling in the mood for gentle, authentic uplift, go get this book, give yourself 20 minutes which is all it will take you to read it and immerse yourself in the story of how Caleb and Anna and their father wait to see if Sarah from Maine will become their second wife and mother Told with the simplicity of a children s story [...]
Classic literature remains and endures through time Sarah, Plain and Tall is one of those classics that will endure Written in a simple style that imitates the simple life people lived while farming the frontier of America, this book is a poignant reminder of the hardships endured by families in that era It touches on lives affected by death, by loss, by separation It shows a young boy worried about new separation And it shows how a grown woman deals with separation in her own way Beautifully wr [...]
What a beautiful, simple book A charming, yet real look at life settling the west, and one family who desperately needs a mother.
When I first started reading Patricia MacLachlan s Sarah Plain and Tall I thought it was a rather strange story It seemed strange to me that someone would write a middle grade book about a father putting an ad in the paper for a new wife mother for his children However, as I continued to read I realized that the book was set in a different time period colonial times and that this was actually a very good idea The author has chosen to write about colonial times in order to teach younger children [...]
I m just a little too old to have read this book as a child, but it s one I have heard mentioned again and again While looking for good Summer reading for my 9 y.o daughter, this seemed to be on every must read list But when we were browsing at the bookstore and I picked it up, we were both surprised at how small this book is My Harry Potter loving daughter thought I was crazy to suggest a book she could probably read in an hour, and I admit I agreed, thinking she was too advanced a reader and w [...]
If you ve ever taken a children s literature class, chances are you ve seen this book If you ve taken a lot of children literature classes, you ve probably seen this book than once It s a beloved classic I ve heard so much about it that I decided it was time for me to read it.My reaction upon finishing it Um okay Sarah, Plain and Tall is a short chapter book that is set in the 1800s and narrated by a child named Anna Anna s mother died giving birth to Anna s brother, Caleb One day, their fathe [...]
Oh gosh This book may be the sweetest thing ever Some strange force compelled me to pick this up, even though I previously thought I hated it My 2nd Grade teacher had read Sarah, Plain and Tall to my class, and all I remember is being bored out of my mind Well, I blame that boredom on my shit attention span which, honestly, hasn t gotten much better since 2nd Grade , because this book was GREAT It s filled to the brim with wonderful stuff charcoal drawings fluffy sheep haircuts the sea flowers o [...]
I love the movie for this book,so I was like I need to read the book So I did and I loved it as much as the movie This book will make you laugh and cry It s just that good of a book I really want to read all of the series This is a good book for all ages and a great family read aloud for young kids
I loved this book and its film adaptation as a kid Sarah was a hard worker, a loveable and unforgettable character who changes the way Caleb and Anna see the world An excellent novel and one of the best children s chapter books I ve ever read.
Incredibly concise and understated, with so much going on between the lines Very well written I enjoyed it as much as my daughter All 5 books in this series are good, but this first one, and the final one Grandfather s Dance are exceptional.
I just read this aloud to my 7, 5, and 3 year old boys Every one of them loved it I liked the short chapters for bed time reading aloud.
Wonderful last line Papa, he called Papa, come quickly Sarah has brought the sea