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Jackie's Newbery Book Review: Sarah Plain and Tall
Book Review: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Ages 8 to 10 THIS is an exquisite, sometimes painfully touching little tale of a lonely, widowed late 19th-century prairie dweller, his two children and the laconic Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, who comes from Maine to share their life. It is the simplest of love stories expressed in the simplest of prose. Embedded in these unadorned declarative sentences about ordinary people, actions, animals, facts, objects and colors are evocations of the deepest feelings of loss and fear, love and hope. The characters have no vocabulary or taste for elaborate discussions. Like them, the book has a magical kind of tact. The author never disfigures what is implicit by spelling it out.
Thank you! A warming, delicately tuned story set in an unspecified rural American past, about a motherless farm family and the woman who comes from Maine for a trial visit after Papa advertises for a wife. Even before she arrives, Sarah wins Anna and Caleb with her brusque but touching letters. We already know that Papa hasn't sung since Mama died, when Caleb was born. Sarah learns to plow and teaches the others, even Papa, to play. She also talks about the colors of the sea, which she had to leave when her fisherman brother married and his wife took over the house in Maine. Anna and Caleb know that Sarah misses the sea, and they hang on every hint that she might stay.