So what is it with women saving things? First it was George Washington, and now it is Thanksgiving!
Laurie Halse Anderson has written several historical novels - Forge, Chains and Fever 1793. But I bet you didn't know about her picture books. This is one of her nonfiction picture books for young readers. But I think it would be a great read aloud for older students as well.
This picture book is wonderful in so many ways..but the one thing I like about it is the fact that it shows how important writing can be!
The book provides information about so many things Sarah Hale accomplished, but making Thanksgiving a National Holiday was very important to her. In fact, she worked for 38 long years until President Lincoln agreed with her and made Thanksgiving a National Holiday.
The book is also a great mentor text for persuasion. It is Sarah Hale who persuaded other women, who persuaded their states, and ultimately persuaded a president to make Thanksgiving a National Holiday! Good for you Sarah!
The back matter is really informational about Sarah, Thanksgiving and its celebrations then and now, the Civil War, and vintage America!
I truly enjoyed this book...I hope you do too! In fact, you can go to her webpage to find some questions and a teacher's section (http://madwomanintheforest.com/youngreaders-thank-you-sarah/).