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Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
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Mar 23, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, childrens-non-picture, lib-lew, major-award

As I read this, I got the feeling I might have read it as a child. I know that I saw the Hallmark movie (which I just found out had Glenn Close in it), but it seemed to be the words that I remembered, especially hanging the flowers upside down to dry and jumping in the hay. I was surprised that this was a Newbury winner. It was very simple. However, I will say, that I haven't read anything else quite like it. The description of the landscape was good, but what made it unique was the situation. Its basically the story of a father writing a personal ad (or getting a mail order bride even). What made this book special though was the longing these children have for a mother. How much they want Sarah to like them and stay. In our time, most stories of a single parent and child seem to be about the childrn trying to prevent the parent from "replacing" the missing parent. The fact that this story was about longing for a mother made it refreshing and touching.

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