Sharing one last title for February's #littlelitbookseries mail theme. I remember reading this as a child and later again in grad school as a model text. It's a beautifully written story of loss and love that will tug at the heartstrings. Pictured here is an older edition of the book, and there's a special 30th anniversary edition available.
SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL, winner of the 1986 Newbery Medal by Patricia MacLachlan, is the first in a series of books chronicling the Wittings, a Midwestern farming family. Caleb and Anna have lost their mother and their widowed father, Jacob, has written an ad for the local newspaper in search of a new wife and mother. A girl from Maine, Sarah Wheaton, responds with a letter. She and the family correspond, asking and answering questions. Sarah agrees to visit the family and writes: "I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall...Tell them I sing." The children warm to Sarah (one quicker than the other) and despite her terrible homesickness of the ocean, Sarah agrees to stay and marry Jacob. The heavy underlying themes of the story are met with refreshing nativité and life through the children: their wonder, innocent curiosities, and delight as they do life on the farm and get to know this new person in their lives. Published by HarperCollins.