Sarah, Plain and Tall

by Patricia MacLachlan

Sarah, Plain and Tall

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Book Information

Publication Date: April 1985


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 660L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level R


Interest Level: Grades 3-5


Major Awards: 1986 Newbery Medal Winner


Number of Pages: 76 pages


Approximate Word Count: 34,160 words -- The average reader will spend 2 hours and 16 minutes reading Sarah, Plain and Tall at 250 words per minute. *


Audible Book Length: 1 hr and 1 min


Book Themes: Family, Home, Isolation, Fear, Sacrifice, Happiness, Choices, Contrasting Regions, Dreams


Genre: Family Drama, Historical Fiction


Setting: Midwest during the late 1800's


Important Quote: There is always something to miss, no matter where you are.


First Line: “Did Mama sing every day?” asked Caleb.


Point of View: First Person (Central - Anna Wheaton)


*Estimate from Reading Length

Links to Resources and Teaching Ideas

Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sarah, Plain and Tall Bird Craft Project

While reading Sarah, Plain and Tall, students created these wonderful bird nests. Students made a bird nest from straw. First they glued a few dried flowers to the nest since Sarah loved them so. Next the birds were made by gluing pom-poms and feathers together. Finally a beak from Fun Foam and wiggly eyes were added.


Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall