Childrens Book Reading Extravaganza 2010: Novel #90
Okay people, this one is a good one. A real good one. So good, in fact, that Mrs. Mimi read the entire thing in about 30 minutes after a late night feeding of Mini Mimi.
I mean, if that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is. I’ll let you know when they call me to do a commercial.
Number 90 is Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. Can you say Newberry Winner?? What, what!
This book is fantastic. Classic, fantastic and a great read aloud! I wish I had read it aloud to my second grade friends because they would have loved it! The chapters are short enough, the story engaging enough and the language basic enough for friends of all ages to get into it.
Do I really need to summarize this one? I will, because, honestly, while I have heard of this one and am sure I read it as a child, I totally forgot the story line. Plus, I don’t want to get all elitist book-snob on your asses. Not cool, not cool.
So, there is a family of three, a dad and two kids. The mom died in childbirth having the youngest but no worries, that is not really a part of the story. Just necessary background. One day, the dad writes a letter to a newspaper asking for a wife.
Okay. Let us pause for a moment. This story takes place a long time ago and evidently such actions did not result in a barrage of sex fiends and other crazies. I do have to admit, however, that I did stop to picture what this sort of request, most likely posted on Craigslist or something, would sound like. It wasn’t pretty, people.
Anyhow, a lovely woman named Sarah replies and joins the family. The rest of the story is about Sarah getting to know the dad and two children. They are nervous that she will be too homesick and want to go back to her own family in Maine, but ultimately they form a new sort of family. Seriously, it’s a very sweet story. And, perhaps best of all…Sarah, the main character is a strong independent woman who is not stereotypical of the times. I know I’ve said it before, but I loves me a strong female character. I say Sarah definitely deserves a cape.
I mean, we’re talking I read this bad boy at like 3 a.m. THREE O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING! How bad can it be?
So, at 3:00a.m. this morning, picture me working on novel number 89. If you want to read along (I suggest you do it at more rational hours), next up is Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary.