#9 – Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Genre: Children’s Literature, Newbery Award Winner, Classic
Page Numbers: 58 pages
Dates Read: 1/16/14
Plot in 3 lines or less: Caleb and Anna miss their mother; she used to sing all the time. Caleb can’t even remember her, since she died the day after she was born. Their father decides to place an ad for a mail-order bride, and Sarah responds, telling them, “I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall.” So they wait for her to come. When she does, she brings her cat Seal, and everyone hopes that she will stay. But Sarah, who is from Maine, misses the sea, and when she goes into town one day, they worry she won’t come back.
Was it easy to read? Yes, it was a very easy read for me, despite the fact that I was interrupted a couple of times because of jury duty responsibility.
Newbery Award Winning Year: 1986
New read or re-read? Re-read
Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would read it again, and I would recommend it to others!
Why did I pick it up? This was another very short and therefore quick read I could take with me while I was sitting around in the Jury Assembly Room waiting to be chosen for Jury Duty. There were two juries picked while I read it.
Other Notes? This was one I’d originally borrowed from the library a number of years ago, and loved it so much I wanted to make sure I owned my own copy. I was at a local used book shop back over the summer, and found it for a serious discount, so of course I had to pick it up.
Grand Total: 66