Patricia MacLachlan - Sarah, Plain and Tall: A Play in Two Acts

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  • Sarah, Plain and Tall: Still Pitch Perfect and Full of Heart

    Dec 15, 2007 by befus is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: MacLachlan's prose; heartfelt tone; memorable characters
    Cons: May feel too slow paced for some

    Summary: I've discovered that one of the joys of being a mother is that I get to read all of my favorite stories again. Some of them have been favorites since my own childhood. Others I discovered later but knew they would be well worth sharing one day when I had ... read more

  • Sarah, Plain and Tall

    Apr 8, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: My 4th Grade enjoyed the book very much last term.
    Cons: None

    Summary: Sarah, Plain and Tall The tale of Sarah is an account presented in the first-person by Anna Whiting. Anna is a youthful farm girl who lives with her widowed father and younger brother, Caleb. Their mother and Jacob’s wife died ... read more

  • Sarah Plain and Tall--Just Plain in My Book

    Oct 16, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wholesome book
    Cons: lack of content for the most part

    Summary: The girls and I just finished reading Sarah, Plain and Tall. I chose this as our first chapter book to be read a chapter at a time at bedtime. Sarah, Plain and Tall is written by Patricia MacLachlan. It won the Newberry Award ... read more

  • Why Did this win an award?

    Jun 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: It only takes about thirty minutes to read...
    Cons: Boring, very short, a waste of time

    Summary: I have read and re-read this book trying to figure out why this incredibly boring book won an award. It is just about a man who PUTS AN ADD IN THE PAPER to get a girl. I think all this shows is that women could be attracted so easily in those days. It is ... read more

  • Majenta's SARAH: Short and Sweet

    Mar 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Deserves the Newbery;inspired all those Hallmark movies and your reviews
    Cons: A little bleak and empty--like prairie life, especially for motherless families?

    Summary: Don't stop at the last "story" page. Read about the author, Patricia MacLachlan, on the last page or inside back cover, and you'll learn that she loves children, families, writing, and reading. The Newbery judges must have felt that love in SARAH. True, ... read more

  • A pretty plain book.

    Dec 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sweet story.
    Cons: Characters and plot need development.

    Summary: Ever since I took a graduate class in contemporary children's and young adult literature last spring, I have been reading WAY more children's literature than I have adult literature. I've also starting to think that most children's literature is a lot ... read more

  • Wear a yellow bonnet.

    Nov 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful book for a variety of ages, awarded Newberry medal
    Cons: none

    Summary: Sarah, Plain and Tall is a great book for young children as well as reading to smaller children. It is set in the 1800's on a farm. It was awarded the John Newberry Medal for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. ... read more

  • Intriguing plot played better as a movie

    Jun 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A good story
    Cons: Writing doesn't do it justice

    Summary: I discovered this short book while still in elementary school. Every so often I read it again to figure out why it is I don't like it even though it is so highly regarded. I think the reason I don't care for this book is simply because the plot is ... read more

  • Not the Little House Books

    Jun 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A good tale of pioneer life with a lot of heart
    Cons: Very short story. Very short plot.

    Summary: Sarah, Plain and Tall is a moving children's tale that is set during the 1800s on the Prairies. That is about as much as it has in common with the Little House books. It is written in first person by Anna, the oldest daughter ... read more

  • Very Good Book

    Jun 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Very good book
    Cons: The book is alright

    Summary: I think this is a good book because it shows you how important a mother can be. It is short and sweat, it gets to the point. It's a very good book based on your reading level. If your in 3-4 grade you'll enjoy it! Sarah was willing to help for the whole ... read more

  • Sarah fun and neat

    May 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fun and neat
    Cons: some kids want more adventure

    Summary: Sarah Plain and tall is a book about a father who has a family whose mother dies so he puts an ad in the paper to get a new mother. so a women named Sarah comes from her Maine home to live with them in Kansas. The book has a lot of good times and bad ... read more

  • Sarah, PLAIN

    Feb 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: short, it DID win the Newbery
    Cons: boring, hard to get to know the characters, not much conflict

    Summary: To be honest, I am not really sure why this book received the Newbery Medal. I found it to be short, boring, and not really an outstanding contribution to children's literature. "Sarah, Plain and Tall" tells the story of a family ... read more

  • It's for grownups too.

    Jan 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Gives adults insight into how children think about temporary parental absence
    Cons: --

    Summary: Patricia MacLachlan's children's novel of a Maine schoolteacher and mail-order bride makes for surprisingly good reading for both children and adults. A Maine schoolteacher answers the ad of a Midwestern widower looking for a new bride after ... read more

  • Wholesome and Beautiful!!!

    Nov 30, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautifully written, family entertainment, kids like it
    Cons: none

    Summary: This is a great book, I have read it, listened to it(books on tape), and watched it (Hallmark Hall of Fame). This is a simple book, eloquently and elegantly written. My son who is almost 3, enjoys it as much as I do. It has something to ... read more

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