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Sarah, Plain and Tall (Hardcover)

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Sarah, Plain and Tall MacLachlan, Patricia 1 of 1
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0060241020
ISBN-13: 9780060241025
Sku: 30003139
Publish Date: 4/1/1985
Pages:  64
Age Range:  10 to 14
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"Did mama sing every day?" asked Caleb "Every single day?" He sat close to the fire, his chin in his hand. It was dusk, and the dogs lay beside him on the warm hearthskins. (from the first line)
"Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna."Every-single-day," she answers. "Papa too."
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When Papa advertises for a new wife, Sarah appears from Maine, and the children, Caleb and Anna, love her very much but fear she is too homesick and will soon leave them
Set on the American prairie of the 19th century, this gentle book centers on a young girl named Anna and her brother, Caleb. Because their mother died giving birth to him, Caleb has no memories of her, and so it is up to Anna to share what she remembers about their mother--that she sang and that she loved flowers. The children's father, Jacob, lost without the help and companionship of his wife, places a classified ad in the newspaper for a mail-order bride. Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, a self-described "plain and tall" woman who lives in Maine, answers. After a few letters, she agrees to come to the prairie to meet Anna, Caleb, and Jacob in person. Anna and Caleb quickly bond with Sarah, and begin hoping that she will decide to stay with them--and Jacob, too, seems taken with her honest and kindly manner. Sarah, however, is lonely for her home by the sea. Will Sarah stay and become part of their family, or will her love of the sea call her back to Maine? Illustrated with occasional B&W pencil drawings, this book won the 1986 Newbery Medal.
Author Bio
Patricia MacLachlan
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, MacLachlan is a writer and a teacher. She is an author of both picture books and books for middle readers, but is probably best known for the 1986 Newbery Medal-winning book SARAH, PLAN AND TALL. Many of her books reflect the theme of the strength and importance of family.


"A flawless piece of storytelling that touches on many aspects of longing, self-esteem, and raw family needs." - Eden Ross Lipson

"A near-perfect miniature novel."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   06
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0064
Product attributePublisher:   HarperCollins
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