Patricia MacLachlan is the author of many beloved novels for young readers, including Arthur, for The Very First Time, winner of the Golden Kite Award for fiction; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; and Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal, as well as its sequels, Skylark and Caleb's Story.
She is also the author of several picture books, including Three Names, All The Places to Love, What You Know First, and Painting The Wind, which she coauthored with her daughter, Emily.Two children wait on the prairie for the arrival of their new stepmother, who has answered their father's ad for a wife. Newbery Medal winner, 1986."Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna. "Every-single-day," she answers. "Papa sang, too." Their mother died the day after Caleb was born. Their house on the prairie is quiet now, and Papa doesn't sing anymore. Then Papa puts an ad in the paper, asking for a wife, and he receives a letter from one Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, of Maine. Papa, Anna, and Caleb write back. Caleb asks if she sings. Sarah decides to come for a month. She writes Papa: I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall, and Tell them I sing. Anna and Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she like them? Will she stay?"In a near-perfect miniature novel, two children experience the apprehensions and joys of the possibility of a new mother, when their father invites a mail-order bride to their prairie home."--"Booklist." 1986 Newbery Medal; ALA Notable Children's Book; IRA/CBC Children's Choice Book; "School Library Journal" Best of the Best; a "New York Times" Outstanding Children's Book; Golden Kite Award for Fiction; Christopher Award.Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark, and Caleb's Story, all unabridged and all performed beautifully by Academy Award-winning actress Glenn Close, make up this exquisite CD collection."I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall," Sarah writes Papa. And so begins the journey for Sarah, Papa, Anna and Caleb in Patricia MacLachlan's masterpiece, Sarah, Plain and Tall. In Skylark, a drought turns the land dry and brown and Sarah takes Anna and Caleb back to the city as Papa stays behind. Will the family ever be reunited? Caleb's Story continues the saga of Sarah and her family on the prairie. All the beloved characters return for another important episode in their lives, this time narrated by Caleb, offering a new perspective.
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