So recently we have been reading the book called, Sarah, Plain and Tall off our recommended book list. Now I personally have watched the movie, it was very good by the way. I must admit, reading stories are always so much better then seeing them on film.
The story is set back, in the late 19th century. It is about 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
My children thoroughly enjoyed reading this story together, definitely can see this being not on a favorite but a repeat read.