(Kid Review) Sarah, Plain and Tall

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Hi. I’m gonna tell you about a book, but not just any book. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (HarperCollins, May 1981. It’s about a family who needs a mother, but Anna and Caleb, the kids, wonder if Sarah, the new mother will stay. She misses her home, the ocean, and her family.

In the end, she stays because she would miss Caleb and Anna more. She finds a way to bring the colors of her home to the prairie. I like this book because I like the characters and the setting. You should read this book too.

Reviewed by C, age 9

Mom’s thoughts: I loved this book when I was my daughter’s age. I cannot remember what in particular brought that love when I was young. After all, the mail-order bride aspect is a bit strange, and it is a quiet book. I can speak as an adult. Now I love the creative language that the author uses to describe the prairie. It comes alive with fantastic figurative language, and that makes the whole book stand out. It was the 1986 Newbery Medal winner for good reason.

Reviewed on September 10, 2021

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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