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Covering the Newbery (#65): Sarah, Plain and Tall

For every attempt so far in the Covering the Newbery series, I do the same thing. I enter keywords from the book into a Flickr creative commons search. After I find an image, I sometimes will have to adjust something in Splashup or Photoshop. Otherwise, I just throw the image into PicMonkey, add text, and call it good. I slavishly stick to this system because:

A: It cuts down on time spent.

B: It ensures that a couple weird ones will make it through.

Sometimes things come together really quickly and look alright, but sometimes we have what occurred with today’s book. Nothing seemed appropriate. Cest la vie. But on we go…

1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Original Cover:

My Redo:

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Up next week: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

(Source image “Electronic Traditional Girl Sketch” http://flic.kr/p/bEV6pH)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. The original is pretty terrible!