Sarah, Plain and Tall

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 411 ratings

Sarah, Plain and Tall Audio Collection Publisher's Summary

"Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna.

"Every-single-day", she answers. "Papa sang, too."

The Newbery Medal-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall is the first of five books in Patricia MacLachlan's chapter book series about the Witting family. Set in the late 19th century and told from young Anna's point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papa's advertisement for a wife and mother. Before Sarah arrives, Anna and her younger brother Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she sing? Will she stay?

This children's literature classic is perfect for fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie books, historical fiction, and timeless stories using rich and beautiful language. Sarah, Plain and Tall gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love.

This collection includes the first three books in the series: Sarah, Plain and Tall; Skylark; and Caleb's Story.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

©1985, 1994, 2001 Patricia MacLachlan (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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  • Book 1-3

    • Sarah, Plain and Tall Audio Collection

    • By: Patricia MacLachlan
    • Narrated by: Glenn Close
    • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    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 audio collection.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Missing Skylark, but still excellent

    • By G. Rokosz on 08-22-05

    Regular price: $18.24

  • Book 1

    • Sarah, Plain and Tall

    • By: Patricia MacLachlan
    • Narrated by: Glenn Close
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167

    "I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall." A heartwarming story about two children, Anna and Caleb, whose lives are changed forever when their widowed papa advertises for a mail-order bride. Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton from Maine answers the ad and agrees to come for a month. Sarah brings gifts from the sea, a cat named Seal, and singing and laughter to the quiet house. But will she like it enough to stay? Anna and Caleb wait and wonder -- and hope. Performed by Glenn Close

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book

    • By jennifer on 09-13-12

    Regular price: $10.26

  • Book 2

    • Skylark

    • By: Patricia MacLachlan
    • Narrated by: Glenn Close
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 25

    Sarah came to the prairie from Maine to marry Papa. But that summer, a drought turned the land dry and brown. Fires swept across the fields and coyotes came to the well in search of water. So Sarah took Anna and Caleb back east, where they would be safe. Papa stayed behind. He would not leave his land.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful sequel

    • By BM on 10-11-16

    Regular price: $10.26

  • Book 3

    • Caleb's Story

    • By: Patricia MacLachlan
    • Narrated by: Glenn Close
    • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    "It's your job now," Anna says as she hands Caleb her journals, asking him to continue writing the family story. Caleb fears there will be nothing left to write about, until a mysterious old man is discovered in the barn. Everyone is excited about the arrival of a new family member except for Jacob, who holds a bitter grudge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By Marisa Talley on 07-16-17

    Regular price: $13.68

  • Book 4

    • More Perfect than the Moon

    • By: Patricia MacLachlan
    • Narrated by: Glenn Close
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Cassie spends her days watching Grandfather and Caleb in the barn, looking out at Papa working the fields, spying on Sarah feeding the goslings. She's an observer, a writer, a storyteller. Everything is as it should be.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Continues the Sarah, Plain and Tall series

    • By Laura on 01-09-12

    Regular price: $10.26

  • Book 5

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