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Book Review of Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, Bk 1)

Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, Bk 1)
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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.