Sarah plain and tall book review

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Book Review: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Ages 8 to 10 THIS is an exquisite, sometimes painfully touching little tale of a lonely, widowed late 19th-century prairie dweller, his two children and the laconic Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, who comes from Maine to share their life. It is the simplest of love stories expressed in the simplest of prose. Embedded in these unadorned declarative sentences about ordinary people, actions, animals, facts, objects and colors are evocations of the deepest feelings of loss and fear, love and hope. The characters have no vocabulary or taste for elaborate discussions. Like them, the book has a magical kind of tact. The author never disfigures what is implicit by spelling it out. Anna, a girl of perhaps 11, narrates the appearance of Sarah, who answers a newspaper advertisement and then comes to visit and decide if she will stay to marry Anna's father.
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Thank you! A warming, delicately tuned story set in an unspecified rural American past, about a motherless farm family and the woman who comes from Maine for a trial visit after Papa advertises for a wife. Even before she arrives, Sarah wins Anna and Caleb with her brusque but touching letters. We already know that Papa hasn't sung since Mama died, when Caleb was born. Sarah learns to plow and teaches the others, even Papa, to play.

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?

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