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Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

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We the people of the United States...

Almost Lost Thanksgiving

Yes. That's right!

Way back when "skirts were long and hats were tall" Americans were forgetting Thanksgiving, and nobody seemed to care!

Thankfully, Sarah Hale appeared. More steadfast than Plymouth Rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince Congres

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Paperback, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2002)
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Kathryn
A very neat story, interesting history lesson for kids (and adults who, like me, are not up with their Sarah Hale lessons!) Especially great around this time of year--could you imagine if we didn't celebrate Thanksgiving anymore? Or if only certain states did? Oh-my! Thank you, Sarah (and President Lincoln!) Also a good story about what persistence and spirit can do--how one woman's constant letters saved this holiday. (And especially inspiring considering most women of her time were not empower ...more
Ashley Thorpe
This book was very interesting. The pages bleed from each of the pages and the pages are full of color and bright. The text is all the same and when reading it, it feels likes a child it writing it because it talks about the women as "awesome". As well, the words are simple for children to read. I enjoyed that the text was simple to read and some words were big if they page before was left on a cliff hanger. I laughed when some of the words that would usually be a curse or inappropriate word for ...more
Meg McGregor
What a wonderful read and one that can be enjoyed any day - not just Thanksgiving!

But to think, our country would not have this blessed holiday, without the efforts of Sarah Hale.

This story is told with humor, wacky illustrations, and informative facts which all blend together to make this book one that should definitely be read in November and every time of the year.

There is so much to learn too.

Did you know that Sarah Hale was the person who wrote, "Mary Had a Little Lamb"? She was teaching s
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Ruhama
Need another book about Thanksgiving, but one with a little twist? This is the story of how Thanksgiving almost wasn’t a holiday, and how one woman lobbied to get it an official national holiday. Sarah Hale used the power of the written word, and patience, to get her message to
several presidents. Abraham Lincoln finally agreed, and in 1863 it was appointed to the 4th Thursday of November. There is “A Feast of Facts” at the end of the book, which goes into more detail about the various aspects of
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Sam Bloom
Entertaining, informative, and funny - another great nonfiction book for kids. I'm actually embarrassed to say that, before reading this, I wouldn't have been able to tell you who Sarah Hale was. Laurie Halse Anderson's conversational style of writing blends perfectly with Matt Faulkner's cartoonish illustrations, and the afterword, "A Feast of Facts" (Get it? Feast... Thanksgiving...) is pretty darn interesting. For example, did you know that in 1939 and 1940 FDR declared Thanksgiving on the TH ...more
Sarah
i bought this book on a whim while on holiday in boston - good souvenir to share with my students i thought. turns out to be a perfect book for teaching persuasive writing, or even just writing in general, or just pursuing dreams. this woman (sarah hale) was amazing. the style of the book is a hoot - better for older readers like 5th grade on up sort of thing. my 10th graders loved it. i just wish writers would stop using words like "hoe" in books for kids - without fail my students would snicke ...more
June
Nov 19, 2014 June rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Thanksgiving and women history requests
Recommended to June by: listopia
Fantastic! Woman superhero proves the pen is mightier than the sword.

Hopefully, I will get to read this to a 3rd grade class next week.

Used with a first grade class.

Third grade class made it and use it with them.
Leslie
This year when you are saying grace on Thanksgiving you might want to include a thank you to Sarah Hale. Sarah was an amazing woman who lived when "skirts were long and hats were tall." At that time, Thanksgiving was only celebrated by some states and interest was waning. Sarah became the Thanksgiving superhero whose pen and perseverance were her super powers. She wrote thousands of letters and magazine articles. When that didn't work she wrote the president of the United States, who said no. Sa ...more
Shersta
In the early years of our nation, Thanksgiving was not exactly the national holiday that it is today. But one woman thought that it should be. Sarah Hale was a strong, determined woman who worked hard. She wanted the slaves to be freed, girls to go to school, historical monuments built to honor important people, and healthier clothing for women. But Thank You, Sarah is mostly the story of the thirty-eight years Sarah Hale spent writing letters and articles and asking one president after another ...more
Alyssa Gergins
I would definitely read this book to my elementary class to not only teach them about thanksgiving but about perseverance and how anyone can make a difference. This animated and fun picture book gives a background story about Sarah Hale and her hard work to bring Thanksgiving back as a national holiday. She was one of the best writers and editors in America back in that time and wrote about everything that she didnt agree with. One of those things was thanksgiving. Her determination and passion ...more
Burbank Library Children's Department
Did you know we almost lost the Thanksgiving holiday? Thankfully, Sarah Hale, a little known historical heroine came along and spent 38 years writing letters to a succession of presidents before Lincoln made it an official holiday in 1863. This fun, colorful picture book biography charts the course of Sarah's campaign as well as other fun facts about her life (she wrote "Mary Had a Little Lamb" too). What an amazing book about a remarkable woman. Check it out!
Kristi Maurer
"Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving" by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Matt Faulkner is a book about determination and persistence. Sarah Hale spent thirty-eight years of her life writing letters to politicians, including five American presidents asking them to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Finally, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln came through, and we have celebrating the holiday ever since. Anyone who has ever wanted to give up should read about Sarah Hale. This book ...more
Kendra
I LOVED this book. Absolutely adored it. A must read - every year! I love non-fiction historical picture books and I love that this book highlighted a strong female and her role in helping Thanksgiving become a National Holiday. Go check it out and read it to your kids (especially your daughters!).
Alexandria Stephens
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving is written by the accomplished author Laurie Halse Anderson. This book is a non-fiction story of Sarah Hale. Who is Sarah Hale? Shockingly I thought the same thing prior to reading this book. Hale's persistent is the reasons why Thanksgiving is a national holiday. The book tells about her determination in writing letters to government officials, and even writing to presidents with request that Thanksgiving become a national holiday. This story c ...more
Kathryn
This true story about how Sarah Hale set her mind to getting Thanksgiving to be national holiday. It tells her story with fun and well illustrationed pictures. I loved everything about this book.
Sara Schwarzwalder
I really enjoyed reading this story and finding out the background to the Thanksgiving holiday. The book gave interesting details about Sarah Hale and her fight to make Thanksgiving a national holiday without sounded boring or repetitive. The pictures were phenomenal. The deeper, duller colors really fit well with the story and the two page spreads would make this book a great read aloud to 2nd through 4th grade classrooms. I like how this book showed the theme of never giving up and showed that ...more
Britt Kitko
Summary:We the people of the United States... Almost Lost Thanksgiving Yes. That's right! Way back when "skirts were long and hats were tall" Americans were forgetting Thanksgiving, and nobody seemed to care!
Thankfully, Sarah Hale appeared. More steadfast than Plymouth Rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince Congress and the presidents? Join acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson on a journey of a woman and a pen that spanned four deca
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Samantha Brumbaugh
Summary: We the people of the United States...
Almost Lost Thanksgiving
Yes. That's right!
Way back when "skirts were long and hats were tall" Americans were forgetting Thanksgiving, and nobody seemed to care!
Thankfully, Sarah Hale appeared. More steadfast than Plymouth Rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince Congress and the presidents?
Join acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson on a journey of a woman and a pen that spanned four decades
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Jenna Dillon
Summary: Way back when "skirts were long and hats were tall" Americans were forgetting Thanksgiving, and nobody seemed to care! Thankfully, Sarah Hale appeared. More steadfast than Plymouth Rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince Congress and the presidents?
Join acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson on a journey of a woman and a pen that spanned four decades, the Civil War, and five presidents, all so you could have your turkey and ea
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Katie
1. Summary: Sarah Hale sees that the country is falling apart and she wants to unite the country by celebrating Thanksgiving on the same day every year. She is a superhero, but not one with super powers. Sarah has a pen and she writes to make her voice heard about the things she believes in. She faces countless setbacks and rejections, but she never gives up. In the end, she prevails and Thanksgiving becomes national holiday that every celebrates.

2. ) Reading level: early to transitional.
Genre
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Michelle
Summary:
Way back when "skirts were long and hats were tall" Americans were forgetting Thanksgiving, and nobody seemed to care! Thankfully, Sarah Hale appeared. More steadfast than Plymouth Rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince Congress and the presidents?
Join acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson on a journey of a woman and a pen that spanned four decades, the Civil War, and five presidents, all so you could have your turkey and ea
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Jessica Breighner
ThankYouSarah, For Saving Thanksgiving
1. Brief Summary
Sarah Hale sees that the country is falling apart and wants to unite the country by celebrating Thanksgiving every year on the same day. She is a superhero in many ways, even though she doesn’t posses any super powers. She picks up a pen and write several letters to several presidents in order to make her beliefs come to life. She faces several setbacks, but always continues to prevail. Thanksgiving finally becomes a part of our countries hi
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Andrea
I was intrigued by this book when I saw that Laurie Halse Anderson wrote it. I never knew of Sarah Josepha Hale before, though I should have because, based upon the "Feast of Facts" at the end of the book, she was the author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb." The lamb belonged to one of her students and the waited outside of the schoolhouse all day, which led Sarah to write the poem. Laurie Halse Anderson is one of her descendents.

Prior to reading this book, I knew that Abraham Lincoln had proclaimed
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David
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Matt Faulkner follows the life and work of Sarah Hale, particularly her quest to see Thanksgiving become an official national holiday.

Sarah Hale was a determined woman who fought for schools for girls, children's playgrounds, historical monuments and Thanksgiving. She argued against spanking, corsets, bloomers, bustles and slavery. She influenced people by writing letters and articles. She became the firs
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Amber
Dec 09, 2011 Amber rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children 5-11.
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving tells a different side of the story of Thanksgiving. Most everyone knows the basics about the Native Americans and the pilgrims, but the story of Sarah Hale’s thirty-eight year fight to save Thanksgiving is not as well known.

Way back when, Thanksgiving was not uniformly celebrated. Unfortunately, a lot of people began to lose interest in the holiday. As a teacher, author, and editor, Sarah Hale took up her pen to write thousands of letters to po
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Erin
This book surprised me when I saw it on a website of ‘bad’ books about Native Americans. That was some time ago, and I can no longer find that website, but I thought I’d look at this book anyway. As I read it, I was increasingly surprised because the final illustration of Thanksgiving is incredibly diverse. I could spot a wide variety of colors and cultures, genders and clothing. It looked as though the illustrator was trying to be as inclusive and representative as possible.

It is the very firs
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Mistiemae1 Downs
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving is the sassy, witty tale of Sarah Hale. While there are a few inaccuracies--i.e., the mention of cranberries at the very first Thanksgiving--my children were delighted and involved with this book. They were cheering, laughing, and asking for more by the end! Despite the era that the book is written about (pre-Civil War era through the late 1800's), Sarah Hale is depicted as inspiring and powerful: "bold, brave, stubborn, and smart."

Not only did
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Sherri
Genre: Biography, Picture Book

Rating: ***** “Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving” is a beautifully illustrated book. It teaches an important lesson about perseverance while focusing on the history of an American holiday. Both the text and illustrations are entertaining. I read it aloud to my 7th graders, and they absolutely loved it.

Summary: Sarah Hale spent 38 years writing letters to government officials trying to convince them to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Her perse
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Liz
Week 13
We almost lost Thanksgiving! All thanks to a Sarah Hale, a "bold and brave and stubborn and smart" woman, Thanksgiving was saved...but it took some hard work. During a time when the country was torn in two, Sarah knew the best remedy would be to make the fourth Thursday in November a National Holiday. She was met with a lot of opposition, including four past presidents, but she never gave up on what she believed in. Day after day, month after month, year after year, Sarah continued to fig
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Jordan Brovelli
“Thank You, Sarah”, written by Laurie Halse Anderson, is clever story is about a young woman named Sarah Hale. This book tells the story of the woman who made Thanksgiving a national holiday. Thanksgiving wasn’t always national holiday. Sarah Hale wanted nothing more than to make Thanksgiving a national holiday because that day is so important in the history of the United States. Sarah started to send letters to the president. She sent letters to Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore and Franklin Pie ...more
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