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Paperback Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving Book

ISBN: 068985143X

ISBN13: 9780689851438

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

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From the author of Speak and Fever, 1793, comes the never-before-told tale of Sarah Josepha Hale, the extraordinary lady editor who made Thanksgiving a national holiday Thanksgiving might have started with a jubilant feast on Plymouth's shore. But by the 1800s America's observance was waning. None of the presidents nor Congress sought to revive the holiday. And so one invincible lady editor name Sarah Hale took it upon herself to rewrite the recipe...

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FIVE STARS FOREVER for "Thank you, Sarah"

Yippie-Skippie for Laurie Halse Anderson, a descendant of Sarah Josepha Buell Hale! Laurie seems to be every bit as bold, brave, stubborn and smart as her main character, Sarah. This 2002 juvenile literature has loose Rockwell-like drawings in soft, harvest colors. Each page logically flows into the text with innocence and humor as Laurie tells of her 'heroine with pen' in a uniquely modern, conversational fashion that evokes the spirit of forging ahead into new frontiers. She makes it easy for children to grasp the idea of tackling and persevering a task to get it done right. In Sarah's case, quality took time, something our fast-paced children can't hear enough. It's an eventful book of fact, feelings and hard work that are so necessary for successful results. Boys will have an appreciation for Sarah's fortitude (not just in football season) and girls will be inspired to carry on the overseeing spirit of Sarah. Laurie really makes history a fun read! Thank you, Laurie! You are most kind to carry on the "get-to-it-to-get-it-done" attitude that obviously runs through your veins! The pen IS mightier than the sword. Patricia Watkins, author of BOYD-FRIEND

Teaching about Thankgsgiving

Every elementary and middle school teacher who covers social studies, writing, or Thanksgiving should include this book in their curriculum.Beyond the facts, this book is a lesson in persistence, in the value of writing, and in the capacity of people to influence their world.The illustrations are delightful and engaging!

A great biography/historical fiction piece

An amazing biography!! Sarah's life is turned into a superhero-like story that is really interesting. All the details of her life are left out, only leaving the most important and exciting information. Anderson addresses issues children can identify with and uses plenty of exciting words like secret weapons and superhero. The illustrations are full of humor, wit, and extensions of historical information. The story has humor and suspense, something very different from traditional biographies.

Great book!

I was delighted to stumble upon "Thank You, Sarah" and was very impressed with its fine illustrations and attention to historical detail. It teaches an important lesson about the history of an important American holiday that nearly wasn't; it shows the importance of perseverance in pushing for change while maintaining faith in your convictions. Most of all, it is a fun read whose pictures will entertain readers of all ages. This well-edited book explores a fascinating chapter in American history that will be interesting for young readers and those reading to them.
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