||"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."--"Booklist." 1986 Newbery Medal; ALA Notable Children's Book; IRA/CBC Children's Choice Book; "School Library Journal" Best of the Best; a "New York Times" Outstanding Children's Book; Golden Kite Award for Fiction; Christopher Award.
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||"Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna. "Every-single-day," she answers. "Papa sang, too."Their mother died after Caleb was born. Their house on the prairie is quiet now, and Papa doesn't sing anymore. Then Papa puts an ad in the paper, asking for a wife, and he receives a letter from one Sara Elisabeth Wheaton, of Maine. Papa, Ana, and Caleb write back. Caleb asks if she sings.Sarah desides to come for a month. She writes Papa: I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall, and Tell them I sing. Anna and Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she like them? Will she stay? Winner, 1986 Newbery Medal|1986 Christopher Award|1986 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for Children|1986 Golden Kite Award for Fiction (SCBW)|Notable Children's Book of 1985 (ALA)|1985 Children's Editors' Choices (BL)|Best Books of 1985 (SLJ)|Children's Choices for 1986 (IRA/CBC)|Outstanding Children's Books of 1985 (N.Y. Times Book Review)|International Board of Books for Young People Honor List for Writing, 1988|1986 Notable Trade Book in the Language Arts (NCTE)|1986 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)|1985 Books for Children (Library of Congress)|1988 Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey)|1988 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (Arkansas)|100 Favorite Paperbacks 1989 (IRA/CBC)|Best of the 80's (BL)|1986 Christopher Award|1986 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for Children|1986 Golden Kite Award for Fiction (SCBW)|Notable Children's Books of 1985 (ALA)|1985 Children's Editors' Choices (BL)|Best Books of 1985 (SLJ)|Children's Choices for 1986 (IRA/CBC)|Outstanding Children's Books of 1985 (NYTBR)|1986 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)|1985 Children's Books (Library of Congress)|1988 Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey Library Association)|1988 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (Arkansas)|100 Favorite Paperbacks of 1989 (IRA/CBC)|Best of the '80s (BL)|1986 Notable Children's Trade Books in the Language Arts (NCTE)|1988 Choices (Association of Booksellers for Children)|1988 International Borad of Books for Young People Honor List for Writing|1986 Jefferson Cup Award (Virginia Library Association)
||"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.
||Anna and Caleb have been without a mother since Caleb was born, so when their father advertises for a mail-order bride, the children hold their breath with anticipation. The ad brings Sarah, who comes from her home by the sea in Maine along with her cat, Seal. Anna and Caleb grow to love Sarah, who is "plain and tall", but they worry that she will hate the prairie and leave them to return to her home by the sea in Maine. Winner of the 1986 Newbery Medal.
||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.