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Sarah, Plain and Tall [Paperback]

By Patricia MacLachlan (Author)
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Item description for Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan...

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

Publishers Description

"Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna.

"Every-single-day," she answers. "Papa sang, too."

This 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.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Awards and Recognitions
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Garden State Children's Book Awards - 1988 Winner - Children's Fiction category
  • Newbery Medal - 1986 Winner - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1081
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 529
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 564
  • Booklist - 06/01/1997 page 1701
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 494
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 720

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   58
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 4, 1987
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  8-12
ISBN  0064402053  
ISBN13  9780064402057  
UPC  046594004956  

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More About Patricia MacLachlan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! PATRICIA MACLACHLAN is best known for her Newbery Medal-winning novel, Sarah, Plain and Tall. Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, she attended the University of Connecticut and has written more than a dozen stories for children including Baby and Journey. She now lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, with her husband.

STEVEN KELLOGG has published over 100 award-winning books for children, among them The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash, Johnny Appleseed, and the Pinkerton books. He studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design where he became intrigued by the picture book format. He lived in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, for 35 years with his family, where he was an active member of the community. He now lives in Essex, New York, with his wife.

Patricia MacLachlan currently resides in Williamsburg, in the state of Massachusetts.

Patricia MacLachlan has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Sarah, Plain and Tall Saga (Hardcover)
  2. Sarah, Plain and Tall Saga (Paperback)

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8 year old kids's review of Sarah, Plain and Tall  Apr 20, 2008
The story of Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLaclan is a pioneer fiction about a family who needs a mother and a wife, and a lady who needs a home. It is sad, funny, happy, scary, exciting, and keeps me guessing.
Jacob Witting needs a helpful, hardworking wife and a mother for his young children Anna and Caleb. He puts an ad for a wife in the newspaper. He receives a response from Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton of Maine. In the early spring, Jacob goes to the train station to bring Sarah home. He dresses up and makes his hair very slick and shiny.
Sarah Wheaton makes herself at home with the Wittings. She helps clean the house. She goes and picks wild flowers with Caleb. They gather paintbrush, clover, prairie violets, roses, and bride's bonnet. She cuts Caleb's and Jacob's hair, then she braids Anna's long hair. She teaches Caleb and Anna how to float in the cow pond and they have fun. At night, all of them go to the barn to slide down the tall hay pile, just like the dunes in Maine.
Caleb and Anna love Sarah and hope she will stay. Caleb is six and really loves Sarah. Caleb cried when Sarah comes back from driving the wagon because he thinks she was leaving them. Anna is ten and helps with most of the housework. She is also worried that Sarah will leave.
Sarah misses Maine but she is happy with the Wittings. She says she will always miss her old home but she will miss the Wittings more if she leaves. She talks about wanting to drive the wagon. The neighbors come to help with the plowing and meet Sarah. Later Sarah and Jacob get married.
The book Sarah, Plain and Tall makes me joyful when Jacob finds a wife to marry. I like when Sarah, Caleb, Anna, and Jacob slide down the hay pile. Do you like fictional story about family life during the Pioneer times? If so, you will like this book.
Wonderful book!  Feb 15, 2008
This was one of the selected literature books for our home-school curriculum. We were delighted with this lovely book. It inspired us to watch the movie and order the rest of the books in the series. Very interesting story line.

Not for fourth graders...  Dec 19, 2007
I read this in fourth grade and I don't think I was mature enough to read it. As soon as I found out that Sarah was not beautiful for some reason or another I thought that she was not worth paying attention to, so therefore I got zilch from this book. It wasn't even that I was an immature fourth grader, I was already reading adult books that were 400 pages long. So I just thought I'd put my two cents in...
freedom writers  Dec 18, 2007
this book is about a woman named sarah who lives by the sea but planing to gets married to a farmer .But befor she can do that she haves to move all her stuff out of the house that she's living in on the beach then hop on a train & head to the country
with her cat seal & as she arrives at the train station
she is greeted by a wagon watch tacks her the rest of the way & when she arrives at the farm house she meets the kids & her new husbean for the first time
but she allready missed the sea & sand dun's then papa had & idea so he went to the barn & mad e a hay dun & her & the kides had a fun time & thay lived happly ever after I recomed this book because it's easy & a great mstory for younger kids
Sarah,plain and tall  Dec 18, 2007
this book is about a woman who live on a beach & gets a offer from a man who is asking her to marry him but she lives by the sea & he lives in the country &she has a cat & he has a dog but she packs up all her stuff & heads for the country by train with her cat seal & when she arrives at the train station she is mett up by a wagion witch tacks her the rest of the way& when she gets there she allready misses the sea & the sand dunes so papa has anideal & he go to the barne &mack an hay dune & she slides down it withnthe kids & thay are all happy & she macks a bounch of pitchers of the country & colors of the sea & that macks her happy & she stays & thay live happly ever after I recomen this book becauseb it's easy & a great story for kides from 5th-7th grades

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