Beloved children’s classic and 1986 Newbery Medal Winner, Patricia MacLachlan’s Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of a widower, Jacob Witting, and his two children, Anna and Caleb. Though his children still grieve the loss of their mother, Jacob places an advertisement in the newspaper in search of a wife, and Sarah Wheaton enters their lives. After moving from her home by the sea to the Midwestern prairies, Sarah is sometimes lonely in her new life but works hard to create a new family that she and the Wittings can all be a part of.
If you’d like to re-read this classic or experience it for the first time, the Grimes Public Library has you covered! Stop in to check out Sarah, Plain and Tall, or to read some of Patricia MacLachlan’s other works: Caleb’s Story, another book about the Witting family; Before You Came, a picture book about the many ways life can change after having a child; White Fur Flying, a chapter book about a young boy who gains confidence after working with rescued dogs; You Were the First, a children’s picture book about all of the special experiences parents have with their first child; and Word After Word After Word, a junior fiction novel about a poet, Ms. Maribel, who teaches children about how powerful words and writing can be.
Sarah, Plain and Tall was first published in 1985 and was adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette. If you’d like to see this story come to life, the Des Moines Playhouse will be featuring Sarah, Plain and Tall from February 26th through March 13th. The performance is family-friendly and recommended for ages 5+. For additional information, click here.