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Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
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Apr 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: book-commercial

After Anna and Caleb's father puts an ad out in the newspaper for a new wife, Sarah comes to live with them and give them the help that they need out on their farm. Set out in the West on an isolated farm, this work of historical fiction is a nice and tranquil story about the human spirit. Because Anna and Caleb's mother died during childbirth, the two children and their father often battle with loneliness out on their family farm. Caleb asks a lot of questions about their mother and their father finally realizes he needs to get a new wife. Once the children realize that Sarah is coming and the letters start to go back and forth between them, the reader can see just how much these children want a maternal figure. It is important that Sarah sings and Caleb reads the letters over and over again. Slowly they become a family and though Caleb has to reassure himself that Sarah will stay, and she does. Throughout the story, we know that all the characters are missing someone or something. By the end though the characters know that it is okay to miss somethings but in the end, they make each other happy. We know that Jacob, the father, and Sarah get married at the end. "Sarah, Plain and Tall" is a wonderful tale of the importance of family and the people around you. I would definitely recommend this book for students to read and it would work very nicely as a book commercial. Having a concise plot and moral, it could capture the interest of the listeners and entice them to go pick it up!

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