Sarah, Plain and Tall


Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan

Started 01.29.21 • Finished 02.05.21



A girl named Anna did not think highly of her brother Caleb when he was still a newborn. A woman named Sarah plans to move to where Anna, Caleb, and their dad live. She writes to the kids about what she looks like and what she likes to do. When she first arrives, Sarah feels lonely. Sarah picks flowers, shows her shell collection from Maine, and tells the children about Maine. Papa makes a dune of hay for Sarah and the children to slide down, and Sarah calls it "our dune," which makes the children hope that she will stay. On the prairie, winters are cold, and there are lots of times that snow falls. Sarah wants to learn to drive a wagon so she can go to town by herself. Sarah brings colored pencils of blue, gray, and green, the colors of the sea. Sarah decides to stay.


Neph, age 10

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