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Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving (2002)

por Laurie Halse Anderson

Outros autores: Matt Faulkner (Ilustrador)

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Relates how Sarah Hale, a magazine editor and author, persuaded President Lincoln to transform Thanksgiving Day into a national holiday.
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This book beautifully showcases Sarah Hale's determined, persistent effort to make Thanksgiving into a national holiday through a campaign of letter-writing to magazines, newspapers, and elected officials (including presidents!). But I wish it had more about the history of Thanksgiving before Sarah's time (1800s). There is a good amount of back matter, however, including information about thanksgivings and harvest festivals, football and parades, "Vintage America 1863," the Civil War and slavery, and a biography of Sarah Josepha Buell Hale. There is also a selected bibliography.

"Never underestimate dainty little ladies."
"Pick up your pen. Change the world."

The illustrations strive for a blend of historical accuracy and humor (letters carved over the State House say "GO AWAY We'RE BUSY"). ( )
  JennyArch | Oct 13, 2020 |
  OakGrove-KFA | Mar 29, 2020 |
Author Laurie Halse Anderson, herself a descendant of Sarah Josepha Hale, whose story is set out in this work of picture-book history, opens her narrative by informing the reader that we, Americans, almost lost Thanksgiving. Increasingly a regional holiday, in the nineteenth century Thanksgiving was largely celebrated in New England, but had been abandoned elsewhere. But one woman, the eponymous Sarah Hale, wasn't happy with that, and launched a letter writing campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Over the course of thirty-eight years, Sarah used her pen to write thousands of letters - to multiple Presidents, to other politicians, to the general public - until eventually, in 1863, at the height of the American Civil War, President Lincoln finally made Thanksgiving a holiday for everyone...

I found Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving both informative and entertaining, and imagine that the intended audience would as well. The role of Sarah Hale in preserving Thanksgiving, and making it into the national holiday we celebrate today, is not generally known, I do not think, so Anderson's book is most welcome. Most "histories" of the holiday that I have encountered focus on how it all got going - the ubiquitous Pilgrims and Indians story - but this is more about how the day came to be so widely celebrated. Anderson barely scratches the surface of the many things Hale did in her long life - raising five children, working as an author and editor, creating "Mary Had a Little Lamb" - but there is an extensive afterword that gives more information, and a significant list of sources and further reading ideas. The accompanying artwork by Matt Faulker wasn't really to my taste, although I did find that I preferred the more historical nineteenth-century scenes to the contemporary "mash-up" ones featuring turkeys, Pilgrims and Indians, and people watching television. All in all, an interesting book, one I would recommend to those looking for children's stories about Thanksgiving, or about the changes citizens can effect, simply through persistance and letter writing. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Dec 1, 2018 |
I loved reading “Thank You, Sarah!” The text and language was great and it was a joy to read. This book tells the story of Sarah Hale who accomplished so many things for our nation during her life. The book starts out by addressing the reader’s assumptions about Thanksgiving and who actually started it and why it is celebrated. It then gives us a “NEWS FLASH” that we almost lost Thanksgiving! It wasn’t always a national holiday and more and more people were ignoring the holiday. Then Sarah took it into her own hands to write letters to establish it as a holiday, they call her a superhero. Sarah was a mom, an editor, a writer, a composer, and fought for the rights of many. She wrote hundreds of letters and articles and even wrote to 4 different presidents until finally she wrote to Abraham Lincoln and he said yes! So finally in 1863, Thanksgiving was made a national holiday. The illustrations complimented the text and made the book feel rich in imagery. I learned so much from this comical, uplifting, and inspiring book. ( )
  owaguespack | Oct 25, 2018 |
Genre: Historical Non-Fiction

Summary: Sarah Hale spent 38 years writing to many presidents of the United States in attempt to save Thanksgiving by making it a national holiday. She wrote and wrote and wrote, but she was turned down time and time again. Eventually, President Abraham Lincoln listened and agreed, Thanksgiving, a holiday which was celebrated by only a few, needed to become a national holiday in hopes to bring the country together.

Review: This book is good historical non-fiction because there are many facts and dates within it, both about Sarah Hale and the loss and gain of Thanksgiving as an American Holiday. It is a good children's book because it tells about topics most students of a younger age would be familiar with.
  ebrink15 | Nov 6, 2017 |
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