33: Sarah, Plain and Tall

In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1986 Newbery Medal, Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.

About Patricia MacLachlan

Themes and Lessons to Discuss with Children:

  • Loss
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Community
  • Formal letter writing
  • Geography – Maine and the sea
  • Geography – Prairies
  • Farm life/Farm animals
  • Weather – Squalls
  • Seashells and ocean animals
  • Science – erosion
  • Drawing with pencils and colored pencils
  • Charcoal drawing

If you enjoyed Sarah, Plain and Tall, you might enjoy these books as well:

Other links from this episode:

Hallmark Visitors Center in Kansas City, MO

Midway Village Museum in Rockford, IL

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom

Lauren’s Pick for Our Next Book:

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark

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List of Newbery Medal Books

Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Interval Music: “Carefree Kevin” MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound

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