Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
by Laurie Halse Anderson
From Miss Heather at Butler and Lucas
I love when I read a children’s book and think “wow, I just learned something!” That’s exactly what happened when I read this book. Did you know that Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until 1863? Did you know that the same person who composed ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ was the first female magazine editor in America and the person who lobbied for Thanksgiving to be a national holiday for 38 years, writing letters to five different presidents? I didn’t.
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving tells a story relating both the amazing accomplishments of Sarah Hale’s life and the history of how Thanksgiving became a national holiday. The underlying theme throughout the story is focused on the power of determination and the importance of standing up for what you believe in.
This book is a nonfiction treat in the format of picture book. With large picture spreads and short text, it is a great read-aloud and offers a nonthreatening, enjoyable way to learn more about our nation’s history! Adding to the treat of this book is the fact that the author, Laurie Halse Anderson, is a descendant of the main character, Sarah Hale. Readers can learn much more about the life of Sarah Hale and the tradition of Thanksgiving by reading the pages after the story ends. I think children from second grade and up would enjoy this book.
Thanks for a great review, Miss Heather! Here at the library, we also have a DVD movie based on this book. And for more about Sarah and the history of Thanksgiving, check out Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday by Mike Allegra as well as other Thanksgiving books.
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