July 31st, 2007

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Plain and Tall

If it’s been awhile since you’ve read Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan, I think you should run-not-walk to the library. 

One of my girls chose it last week and when we’ve needed our little respites from inner-tubing and cannonballs, we’ve tucked up onto the sleeping porch at our cottage and read it aloud.
 
Oh, and that’s the other thing. You really should read it aloud.
It is a poem. A lovely little poem.
One part Laura Ingalls, one part Woody Guthrie, one part Emily Dickinson.

Plus, there's the "tough broad" aspect to it, which you've got to love.
 
We rationed ourselves to two chapters per sitting, but still it went too fast.
It is a poem. A lovely little poem.