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Sarah, Plain and Tall Summary
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At the beginning of the book, the Witting family has been made up of the same three people for a while: Jacob Witting and his children, Anna and Caleb. His wife died after giving birth to Caleb, and though the children are older now, it's still difficult for Jacob to take care of them. On top of that, the kids long for a mother to bring some sunshine and life into their family. Anna in particular thinks wistfully about how her biological mother used to sing to them every single day. Then, one day, Jacob comes home and announces to his children that he's placed an ad in the newspaper for a new wife, and that a woman named Sarah has responded.
Sign up for our newsletters! Anna misses her mother, who died the morning after Caleb was born. Anna tells Caleb the same stories over and over again about when he was born and what a beautiful baby their mother thought he was. Their mother used to sing all the time, and their father would sing with her. But nobody sings anymore. Anna, Caleb, and their father live out on the prairie in the days of horses and wagons, with a big barn, pastures, fields, cows, and sheep. Anna has to cook and help her father raise Caleb, who helps with the farm chores.
It explores themes of loneliness, abandonment , and coping with change. The screenplay for each film was written by MacLachlan. The story is set in the Midwestern United States during the late 19th century. Jacob Witting, a widowed farmer who is still saddened by the death of his wife during childbirth several years before, finds that the task of taking care of his farm and two children, Anna and Caleb, is too difficult to handle alone. He writes an ad in the newspaper for a mail-order bride. Sarah Wheaton, from Maine , answers his ad and travels out to become his wife. While Anna is initially apprehensive about Sarah as she still has memories of her late mother, Caleb is excited and deeply hopes that Sarah will stay.