Sarah Plain and Tall: Progeny Press Study Guide

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Author: Rebecca Gilleland
Publisher: Progeny Press; loose-leaf format (in clear-front presentation folder)
Ages: 9-12
Grade: Elementary School

Progeny Press Study Guides provide teachers, parents, and students with questions and comparisons from the firm, and timeless, foundation of the Bible. Their study guides deal with literature as works of art and philosophy; explain and use literary terms, and deal with plot construction; dig into why the characters act, believe, and feel as they do and examine what the Bible says in similar circumstances. Easy-to-use lessons include vocabulary exercises, comprehension and analysis, critical thinking, questions on related Biblical principles, activities, plus a complete answer key.

Sarah Plain and Tall
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Period: Nineteenth-century America, Pioneer life; Fiction
Newbery Award Winner (1986)

The day after Anna's brother Caleb was born, their mother died. Anna and her father, Jacob, miss her terribly, and young Caleb has never known what it is like to have a mother. So Jacob decides to advertise for a wife and mother for his children; someone to bring song and laughter back into their prairie home. Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton from Maine answers his ad. After exchanging a few letters with the family, Sarah decides to travel west to spend one month with them. When the month ends, she will decide if she will stay and marry Jacob or if she will return to Maine. Sarah arrives as promised and both Caleb and Anna grow to like her. But the children worry that their home will not be "good enough" for Sarah. They know that Sarah is lonely for her home in Maine, and they are afraid she will not stay because of the things she would miss. As they get to know and care for each other, they find that they all must make adjustments to create a new family. And Sarah realizes that though she will always miss the sea, she would miss Caleb, Anna, and Jacob even more.

         

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