Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Women's History Month: Thank You, Sarah-The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

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/).