Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall takes place in the late 19th Century on a midwestern farm. A widowed midwestern farmer has two children – Anna and Caleb – but no wife to help raise them. He wants a mother for his children and decides to advertise for a wife. Sarah decides to take him up on his offer.
When Sarah arrives she is homesick for Maine, especially for the ocean which she misses greatly. The children fear that she will not stay. When she goes off to town alone, young Caleb – whose mother died during childbirth – is stricken with the fear that she has gone for good.
But Sarah returns with colored pencils to illustrate for them the beauty of Maine. She explains that, though she misses her home, “the truth of it is I would miss you more”.