by Captain Lyaf Yarr

Title: Sarah Plain and Tall
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Format: Paperback
# of pages: 58 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: When Anna and Caleb’s dad invites a mail ordered bride to come and stay with them for a month all they want is for her to stay. But will their fathers’ and Sarah s’ differences get in the way? Or well the month she’s with them be a waste of time?

Why I Started the Book:

I started this book because I was going through my bookshelf and both my sister and my mom said they really enjoyed it so I thought that I would give it a try.


  • I liked the character Sarah. She’s a very independent woman for her time. She answers an ad for a mail order bride but sets her own rules. She’ll come out for a trial period and then decide!
  • I liked how Sarah was honest from the beginning about herself and her expectations. She didn’t act like she was coming for the love of their father, but just to help them out. She’s not afraid to get down and dirty.


  • This book was good but I wish it was longer and that more happened in it.
  • I wished that the kids made something happen, like if they didn’t want Sarah to be their mother then they would try to make bad things happen to her. They didn’t really do anything. They were good kids and just agreed to everything and were excited and happy. Not much conflict there.

Last minute thoughts: Sarah describes herself as “Plain and Tall” but really she’s not plain at all. I also searched this book on Amazon and I found out that there is a movie to this book! So I will get the movie from the library and watch it!

Buy: Sarah, Plain and Tall

Book Rating: I give this book 3.5 treasure chests!

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