- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD350L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 068985143X
- ISBN-13: 978-0689851438
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving Paperback – October 1, 2005
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About the Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Chains and Speak, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also received the 2009 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was chosen for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Pennsylvania, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @HalseAnderson, or visit her at MadWomanintheForest.com.
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This is the true story of Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, who spent 38 years of her life writing letters and campaigning for the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Most students and adults will not remember Sarah Hale for her most important accomplishment -- making Thanksgiving a national holiday, but will remember her for a less important event in her life. Sarah was a teacher and one day a lamb followed one of her students to school and waited outside the schoolhouse for its owner all day. Sarah wrote a poem about the incident and entitled it "Mary Had A Little Lamb" which became one of the most popular nursery rhymes and songs in America. In this book you will learn about perseverence, standing up for what you believe, and that "grass roots' movements can become successful.
The author, Laurie Halse Anderson, is a rare individual who can capture historical events and write them in a style that captivates elementary school kids' attentions. This book not only documents Sarah Hale's efforts through 38 years of campaigning for a National Holiday of Thanksgiving, but includes many of the historical events during this same time period.
At the end of this very entertaining book, there are four pages of a "Feast of Facts" about Sarah Hale, her life, the history of Thanksgiving, Vintage America, the Civil War, and the importance of letter writing and political activism.
Just when you thought you knew everything about Thanksgiving, this book reveals the true story of how Thanksgiving became a national holiday in a very enjoyable and delightful way.