What We're Reading: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

What We’re Reading: The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and More!

What We’re Reading is a blog series where we talk about the books Hampton Lutheran School teachers are reading out loud in their classrooms. Here’s what Mrs. Montoya has been reading to her third and fourth grade class in the last month:

Just before Christmas break, we read Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. Sarah, Plain and Tall is a historical fiction novel about a family living on the prairie in the late 1800s (a similar setting and feel to the Little House on the Prairie series). A young girl named Anna Witting tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton answers Papa’s advertisement for a wife and mother and moves from Maine to the prairie. Anna and her brother Caleb wonder if she will be a nice mother—and whether she’ll stay with them.

The first week in January we read Skylark, the second book in the Sarah, Plain and Tall series.

Sarah, Plain and Tall is a Newbery Award-winner, and it’s a book that I have enjoyed reading. I wanted to use the week before Christmas and the week after Christmas to do a reading unit with the students. So we used these books for our reading lessons those two weeks and did other activities along with the books.

The third and fourth graders really enjoyed the first two Sarah, Plain and Tall books. When we filled out our review for our reading wall, we gave one of the books 4.5 out of 5 stars, and the other got all 5 stars. Of course, the students asked me if there are any more books in the series. There are three more books in the series: Caleb’s Story, More Perfect than the Moon, and Grandfather’s Dance. Over the next few weeks, I will read these three books to the class during our read aloud time.

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