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Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
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Jan 10, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens-lit, audio-cd
Read in January, 2008

Stepmothers, frontier and pioneer life, death of a mother, and acceptance of others. a delightful story to read and is written from the view of the two young children. Sarah’s character is strong: she shows her courage to travel alone from Maine to Kansas; she leaves behind her home, family, and the sea; she begins a new life with strangers in a strange land; and most importantly, she “stands up” to Jacob. It is a strong woman such as Sarah who can love and be loved by a family broken apart by the death of a mother and a wife. Sarah, Plain and Tall is a quick, poetic read—a truly heartwarming story for all ages. Sarah, Plain and Tall is the first of five books each of which introduce a new subject in the saga of the Witting family: (a) Skylark (drought and a trip to Maine); (b) Caleb’s Story (a new baby, fathers and sons, and grandfathers); (c) More Perfect Than the Moon (another new baby, mothers and daughters); and (d) Grandfather’s Dance (grandfathers and another wedding). Actress Glenn Close stars as Sarah in the Hallmark Hall of Fame teleplay of Sarah, Plain and Tall. Glenn Close also narrates the first three books on CD.

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