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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32,362 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia MacLachlan Narrator: Glenn Close Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9780061802157
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"Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna."Every-single-day," she answers."Papa too."

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An exquisite, sometimes painfully touching tale.”

    New York Times

  • “Glenn Close performs this wonderful tale just as it should be. Her melodious voice, combined with the musical interludes that mark transitions, lends a magical quality to the story. Through this magnificent performance, the listener is easily transported from the prairie house where Anna and Caleb wish for a mother, to Maine, where Sarah writes letters to them by the sea. The regional accents are done well, and the characterizations are true to the author’s intent. This is a moving tale of the simple joys in life. It is hard to imagine there could be a better match between reader and story.”

    AudioFile

  • “An affecting tale for children…Gently explores themes of abandonment, loss, and love.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Close’s carefully unobtrusive narration showcases MacLachlan’s simple yet poetic words…A beautiful collusion of an excellent story with a perfect narrator, and a treat for all listeners.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of the 1986 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction
  • Winner of the 1986 Newbery Medal
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mare | 2/17/2014

    " Set in 1800's (?)on the prairie. Told from the young girl, Anna's point of view. The story of her potential new mother, Sarsh, who answered her father's aid for a new wife. Sarah is from Maine; used to the sea and trying to decide if this potential new life is the right choice. The children like her and fear she won't choose to stay with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 2/16/2014

    " I've seen the movie and knew the story, but really enjoyed the book and plan on reading it to my girls. Such a simple, beautiful story of love and companionship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Richardson | 2/12/2014

    " It is a joy to re-read childhood books with my girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charity | 2/5/2014

    " This was a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed the innocence and goodness of the family and people described. There is so much going on under the surface that can be felt even though the author writes things plainly and with out drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 1/28/2014

    " My daughter asked me to read this. I never have. Thought I'd give it a try. It's a sweet book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 1/27/2014

    " A wonderful story of death, love, and survival. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Bevan | 1/18/2014

    " Short, sweet, great for my 7 year old. I did not like this as much as her new book, White Fur Flying, that the girls and I read together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/4/2014

    " Cute, quick read. Took less than 2 hours to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumnjade | 12/25/2013

    " CD - with IAN!!! We are really enjoying it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/24/2013

    " This book is so intresting once i started reading i fell in love with the book its really good to read it can be recommended for 5th graders 4th or 3rd "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/21/2013

    " Interesting story, but for some reason it just didn't really grab me. Sarah seems spunky and determined enough, and motherless children like Caleb and Anna are always good for a tug-at-your-heart-strings tale. I liked it well enough, but it isn't one I'll re-read again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 12/3/2013

    " This is another classic that I've never read, yet I love it!! What a treasure! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rikelle | 11/29/2013

    " This is one of my favorites. I love how the story is told from the point of view of the children. An engaging story that is a timeless piece of literature "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanda | 11/20/2013

    " a great book...strong message of acceptance and unselfishness "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Livvy | 11/18/2013

    " It was very good! I read it in forth grade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 11/8/2013

    " Really short, really easy read. It was cute though. I did like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lola Franco | 11/6/2013

    " a good story, short and manageable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 7/27/2013

    " Great book series and great Hallmark movies with Glenn Close and Christopher Walkin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 5/9/2013

    " Thank goodness for wonderful children's books. A delightful little book that tops the Little House series . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andie | 2/9/2013

    " Short and cute. Thank goodness there are more books that follow this one! I'm ready to give up the story yet!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheyanne Benson | 8/16/2012

    " A Newbery medal winner, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells of a single father advertising for a wife to come live out in the prarie with his two children, a son and daughter. Quite a wonderful story for older children. It is a small chapter book of the adventure of how the characters become a family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Williams | 4/29/2012

    " This charming story does a beautiful job of comparing to geographic locations, the American Plains and the New England Coast. With a plot surrounding the idea of family, it is bound to win your heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kareen Warnick | 2/8/2012

    " So concisely written, its almost poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey Hanna | 2/8/2012

    " This is a wonderful book full of wisdom, humor and love. A father puts an ad in the newspaper looking for a wife and mother for his children since his wife has passed away. Sarah from Maine answers and the father and children fall in love with her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Astrid | 2/2/2012

    " I can't remember reading any other books like this. It's a simple, beautiful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blythe O'donnell | 12/21/2011

    " A book for all mothers to read with their daughters. It is beautifully plain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 7/7/2011

    " I love this book! I honestly don't think I've read it since I was in 3rd grade! It will always be a favorite. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yanfriends | 5/23/2011

    " Didn't care for this historical fiction "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maddie | 5/16/2011

    " Read for school....kind of GAG. Although maybe I'm not being fair.
    But, kind of, GAG. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 5/14/2011

    " I forgot how wonderful this book is. Reading it as a short story rather than a children's book made it more poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 5/11/2011

    " A classic story for young readers. I think kids need to know about simpler times, right?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/6/2011

    " Sweet, short book. Somehow I managed not to cry at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/4/2011

    " Read it with my son's reading group at school. Sparse, beautiful prose and true feelings. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yates | 4/28/2011

    " I used this book during my PTLS lessons. I used it to introduce the way people lived during the Dust Bowl. Great book to talk about character development during that tough time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacque | 4/26/2011

    " I really liked this book. Easy read and great story. Took all of 40ish minutes. It is simple yet wonderful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/23/2011

    " Very quick read, good for 1st thru 3rd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fawnshine | 4/16/2011

    " it was ok, I had to read it for school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrett | 4/10/2011

    " It was good. Really good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheyanne | 4/9/2011

    " A Newbery medal winner, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells of a single father advertising for a wife to come live out in the prarie with his two children, a son and daughter. Quite a wonderful story for older children. It is a small chapter book of the adventure of how the characters become a family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Therese | 4/8/2011

    " An easy, fast, light read, providing insight to early pioneering life on the Plains. I'd recommend the Little House books and Caddie Woodlawn over this one though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alissa | 4/4/2011

    " A great read aloud for my second graders. I didn't think they were very into it at first, until one day I stopped reading early and they all asked to keep going. Very cute story about the beginnings of a family who learn to love each other. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb’s Story; More Perfect than the Moon; Grandfather’s Dance; and Word After Word After Word. She is also the author of many much-loved picture books, including Three Names; All the Places to Love; What You Know First; Painting the Wind; Bittle; Who Loves Me?; Once I Ate a Pie; I Didn’t Do It; and Before You Came, several of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily.

About the Narrator

Glenn Close is best known for her many Oscar-nominated roles in film, including the psychotic mistress in Fatal Attraction and in an Emmy-winning role on FX’s Damages. In her career she has been Oscar-nominated five times, won three Tony awards, an Obie, three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.