Friday, February 12, 2010
FlashBack Friday- Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Flashback Friday was started over at Lovely Little Shelf (the awesome book blog of an NBC friend of mine). It’s a chance to revisit some of our favorite childhood reads and talk about why we loved them.
For this week’s edition I’ve chosen Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. This story is really special to me because a) it’s just a really sweet/heartwarming story and b) it’s one of the books that I read with my Mom, chapter by chapter every night until we were done. We’d get comfy in my bed and take turns reading out loud and c) it was one of my first experiences with a literary love story- something that I still look for in the books I read today.
GoodReads Description: MacLachlan, author of Unclaimed Treasures, has written an affecting tale for children. 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.
This is definitely a book I’m going to have to find for my personal library. I hope to be able to share it with my kids just like I did with my Mom.