Friday, June 5, 2015

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

I read this for the Newbery Challenge. I did read this one as a child and was curious how I would fill about it as an adult.
Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)
Houghton Mifflin

Anna and Caleb's dad decides he want to find a new wife for himself and a new mother for the children. Their mother had died in childbirth with Caleb and both Anna and Caleb are ready for a new mother. Caleb's father lives out West and his prospective wife is from Maine, where there is the ocean and milder weather. Sarah writes the children and their father letters and decides to visit them. They will know her, because she is "plain and tall." The children want Sarah to stay, but are worried she will leave, because she misses the sea.

When I was younger I loved stories like the Little House series and stories about journeying West in the 1800 and 1900s. This story fit perfectly with those stories and was a quick and easy read. The story talks about some of the hardships of life on the Plains, like fires and bad weather. However it is one that can be read quickly and is told from a child's point of view. It is a good series to pair with the Little House books. While children might find it strange to find a wife by letter, it seems believable when told from Anna and Caleb's eyes. The story is simple and charming and remains a classic read for children today. It has held its entertainment and educational value well over the years. 4 cups of cocoa and I am glad I reread it!



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