Another favorite. This story is about an amazing woman with a lot of courage who is able to rise above the fears of living in the wilderness and not knowing anyone around her to falling in love with the man who has called for her after the death of his wife. Sarah Plain and Tall is such an important story for adolescents (and anyone else for that matter) to understand the hardships of life in pioneering times. The reading is smooth and easy, but the lessons it teaches are much more in depth. A great combination for young readers and people who just need a break.
Another lovely story that my 4th graders loved. They even asked me to read the follow-up, "Skylark".
In the late 19th century a widowed midwestern farmer with two children--Anna and Caleb--advertises for a wife. When Sarah arrives she is homesick for Maine, especially for the ocean which she misses greatly. The children fear that she will not stay, and when she goes off to town alone, young Caleb--whose mother died during childbirth--is stricken with the fear that she has gone for good. But she returns with colored pencils to illustrate for them the beauty of Maine, and to explain that, though she misses her home, "the truth of it is I would miss you more." The tale gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love.
Oh my goodness I remember reading this book as young girl and loving the book, the characters...it is just a great book. I haven't read it in years and can still clearly picture the characters and the story in my head as if it were yesterday!