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"Did Mama sing every day?"
Caleb asks his sister Anna.
"Every-single-day," she answers.
"Papa sang, too."


Their mother died the day after Caleb was born. Their house on the prairie is quiet now, and Papa doesn't sing anymore. Then Papa puts an ad in the paper, asking for a wife, and he receives a letter from one Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, of Maine. Papa, Anna, and Caleb write back. Caleb asks if she sings. Sarah decides to come for a month. She writes Papa: I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall, and Tell them I sing. Anna and Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she like them? Will she stay?

Sarah, Plain and Tall

by Patricia MacLachlan

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Overall Review:  

This sweet story is based on a piece of the author's own family history.  MacLachlan has taken that piece of history and added to it details and characters that make this short tale spring to life.


Told from the point of view of a young girl, innocence and hope can be felt with each turn of the page as she looks forward to Sarah's arrival and then hopes that she will decide to stay.  A great length for the reader just starting to explore books on their own, I can highly recommend it to that audience. 

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Death of a parent

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Reviewed By Ambra
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