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Pardon That Turkey

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  25 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Everyone knows about the pilgrims? ?first Thanksgiving.? But do you know how Thanksgiving became a national holiday or why the president pardons a turkey every year? Read along to find out about the woman who saved Thanksgiving, the first pardon, and more!

Paperback, 48 pages
Published August 12th 2010 by Grosset & Dunlap
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Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Here's the story of Sarah Hale, a school teacher from Newport, New Hampshire. After her husband died, leaving her with five children to support, she turned to writing, and published a successful book - Northwood: Or Life North and South, Showing the True Character of Both. She also worked as a magazine editor and wrote the ever-popular Mary Had a Little Lamb.

In 1846, Hale decided to devote her time to pushing for a national day of giving thanks. It was a long struggle. Through the years, she wro
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a great story! I learned so much from this little book. It is light on picture and it is more of an early reader with lots of words. It has pictures tucked away in the text.

I know the story of Thanksgiving - all my education every focused on. It didn't become a national holiday until the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln - news to me. It was all thanks to Sarah Hale. She wrote letters to 5 presidents before one listened to her. Sarah was the editor of 2 women's magazines and she wrote many arti
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Kathryn Cunningham
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
What do a turkey and a woman name Sarah Hale have in common?  Both the turkey and the woman would probably tell you that they have no idea, if the former hadn't been roasted up for your Thanksgiving dinner, and if the latter hadn't died over a hundred years ago.  Pardon That Turkey, a beginning level chapter book for independent readers, explains it all.  Pilgrims and Native Americans may be the stars of the stories we tell at Thanksgiving, but it was the hard work and determination of Sarah Hal ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Pardon That Turkey is a nonfiction book for intermediate age children. Pardon That Turkey tells the untold stories of the Thanksgiving holiday. It tells about how Sarah Hale fought for seventeen years to get Thanksgiving to become a national holiday and then how later the tradition of the president pardoning a turkey came about. I feel that this book deserves three stars because it was informative but a bit lack luster. The illustrations have color but appear very neutral with no bright colors a ...more
Sherry Thornberry
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Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
This would work well with Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving - Interesting facts about Sarah Hale, how Thanksgiving was established and when the first turkey was pardoned.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This is a short-ish book for practicing readers. I didn't know anything about the annual turkey pardon - Americans are weird. :) It was a fun read.
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it
There's only one chapter about pardoning a turkey. Most of the book is about Sarah Hale. The title is very misleading. I did learn a lot about Sarah Hale, though....
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This was a fun educational book. It tells the story of how the holiday Thanksgiving came about.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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This was an informative book about the Thanksgiving holiday including how pardoning a turkey started. It focuses most on Sarah Hale's campaign to have a nationwide Thanksgiving holiday.
I do disagree with one paragraph;
"Sarah became well-known & respected. Her readers listened to her & began to fight for her causes, too. Instead of believing that their only job was to stay at home and care for their children, women began to believe what Sarah told them. They believed that they could make
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Read this on An interesting back story on Thanksgiving that goes beyond the pilgrims and includes a humorous piece on pardoned turkeys.
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Bestselling author of 21 published books, including FORWARD TO CAMELOT: 50th Anniversary Edition (with Kevin Finn), STEALING FIRE and REALIZING YOU (with Ron Doades). The original 2003 edition of FORWARD TO CAMELOT was a #6 Amazon bestseller, honored in 3 literary competitions and optioned for Hollywood film production. STEALING FIRE, the 2013 #2 Amazon bestseller, was a Quarter-Finalist in the 20 ...more
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