Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
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...more
She fought for playgrounds, kids, schools for girls, and historical monuments. She composed Mary had a Little Lamb - news to me. She was the first female Magazine Editor in America.
Thanksgiving was almost forgotten in this country and it's only because of her persistence and writing letters to 5 presidents that Thanksgiving became a holiday during the civil war. 4 presidents told her no. She felt havi ...more
I LOVE Thanksgiving. That's not the problem.
I am invited each year to visit grade school classrooms to read stories and do crafts before Thanksgiving. That's not the problem either.
The problem is Thanksgiving has a shit history. Colonial America, as a whole, kind of has a shit history. How do I celebrate a holiday with children while respecting the actual nature of the relationship between pilgrims and the Native Americans?
Mostly by completely ignoring it.
Thank Yo ...more
This book is written in a very engaging manner, the illustrations in it are really intriguing. Sarah Hale wrote a lot of letters trying to convince the Federal government that Thanksgiving should be a national holiday. She wrote President James Buchanan, but he had other things on his mind. The illustration of James Buchanan is really clever, it is a closeup view of his head with abolitionists on top on one side of his parted hairline, and secessionists on the other si ...more
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 ...more
She encouraged five different Presidents of the United States to establish the last Thursday in November as a national holiday celebrating Thanksgiving, and President Lincoln finally granted her wish.
The narrative is fun to read aloud and serves as an empowering and motivating s ...more
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 ...more
My students thoroughly enjoyed this book and they were able to describe Sarah using rich adjectives and evidence to support their thinking ...more
**THANK YOU, SARAH only worked on my iPad kindle app, it wasn’t formatted for my actual kindle.
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.
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 ...more
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No, not that kind.
Thanksgiving needed a real superhero, someone bold and brave and stubborn and smart.
Thanksgiving needed Sarah Hale.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. She doesn’t look like a superhero. She looks like a dainty little lady.
Never underestimate dainty little ladies.”