Sarah, Plain and Tall

Reviewed by: Sophia grade 5

Galloping Horses, wavy fields this is nothing like Maine...

In the book Sarah, Plain and Tall you learn the lesson that there is something to miss wherever you are. When Caleb was born his mother tragically passed away, leaving Anna (his sister) and Papa with Caleb. Years had gone by and finally, Papa knew it was time for a new wife and mother for his kids. He put on a letter in the newspaper to find a new wife. After a few weeks he got a letter from no other than Sarah, plain and tall. She comes from Maine. When she moves in it is hard for her to get used to the mid west. Anna and Caleb are desperate to find out if she is here for good or not. Sarah is determined to help around the house, she helps on the farm and cooks and sings, just like their old mom. But Sarah still misses home by sea and finds that it’s going to be hard to get used to the Middle West. Join Sarah, Anna, Caleb and Papa on an adventure of love and loss.

On a scale from 1-5 I give this book a 5, It is an amazing story, and teaches you a very valuable lesson. One of my favorite parts of the book is the moment of suspense when you want to see if Sarah is in the wagon coming or not. This book is definitely a page turner, and Patricia McLachlan keeps you reading and won’t let you put down this book. My likes in this book go on forever and ever. My only dislikes about this book is how quickly Sarah adjusts so, so, quickly It bothered me a because I think it could’ve been stretched even more. In conclusion, I definitely recommend this book for somebody looking for a quick read.

This book is definitely for third to fifth graders. I think the concept may be just a little confusing for second graders, the whole marriage by letter thing. It was definitely a quick read but it was still very enjoyable. The way Patricia McLachlan set up the story gives you a real taste of what it’s like to lose someone you love. I hope the after you read this review you will put Sarah Plain, and Tall on your list of books to read.

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