Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Written by Patricia MacLachlan
Book #1 in the Plain and Tall Saga Series
6 - 10
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Mar 3, 2015
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This beloved Newbery Medal–winning book is the first of five books in Patricia MacLachlan’s chapter book series about the Witting family. Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna’s point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papa’s advertisement for a wife and mother. Before Sarah arrives, Anna and her younger brother Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she sing? Will she stay? This children’s literature classic is perfect for fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books, historical fiction, and timeless stories using rich and beautiful language. Sarah, Plain and Tall gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love. This anniversary edition includes author Patricia MacLachlan’s Newbery speech, a discussion guide, and a reading list. Read the rest of the Sarah books by Patricia MacLachlan: Skylark, Caleb’s Story, More Perfect than the Moon, and Grandfather’s Dance.

What Kind of Book is Sarah, Plain and Tall

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blended familiesfrontier and pioneer life

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • If you had to write a letter, like Caleb and Anna, to someone who might be coming to live with your family, what would you want to know about this person?
  • Of all the nice things Sarah does for her new family, what do you think is the kindest?
  • Of all the nice things Papa does for Sarah, which do you think is the kindest?
  • Why doesn't Caleb want Papa to teach Sarah to drive the wagon by herself? Why is he afraid?


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Publication Date
March 3, 2015
HarperCollins Publishers
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April 1, 1985
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Juvenile Reader
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6 - 10 years
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