Article Title

Sarah, Plain and Tall


Bailey Ondricek


Excellent, Patricial MacLachlan, Primary, Intermediate, Prairie, Mail Order Bride, Family, Death, Historical Fiction

Document Type

Book Review


Anna’s mother died the day after giving birth to Caleb. It has been years now since that day, but Caleb, Anna, and Papa have missed her dearly and are looking for a new mother to come to their home. Sarah, who describes herself as 'plain and tall,' replies back to Papa’s letter inquiring as to whether she might consider moving to the prairie to marry him. She is excited to meet the small family and see if she fits in. Caleb and Anna wonder about Sarah and worry with every event whether she will choose to stay or return back to her mysterious life by the sea.