Thank You, Sarah! The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

We the people of the United States… almost lost Thanksgiving?

Yes. That’s right!

Way back when “skirts were long and hats were tall” Americans were forgetting Thanksgiving, and nobody seemed to care!

Thankfully, Sarah Hale appeared. More steadfast than Plymouth Rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince Congress and the presidents?

Join Laurie on a journey of a woman and a pen that spanned four decades, the Civil War, and five presidents, all so you could have your turkey and eat it too!

Anderson turns a little-known historical tidbit into a fresh, funny, and inspirational alternative to the standard Thanksgiving stories.

—School Library Journal

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  • By Merry Hallowgivingmas! | This (sorta) Old Life on November 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

    […] In 1847, the prolific and interesting Sarah Hale began a crusade to establish a national holiday of Thanksgiving.  Prior to that, it had been celebrated only in New England.  17 years later–after her appeals to five different US presidents–Lincoln signed legislation to establish a national holiday.  It was an act to help unify our country after the devastation of the Civil War.  That I can get behind.  Seems to me our increasingly divided and hurting country could use a whole lot of reconciliation right about now–and a focus on gratitude would do much to get us there.  (Want the whole story?  Check out Laurie Halse Anderson’s Thank You, Sarah! The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving.) […]

  • By We Gather Together | on the chancel steps on November 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    […] **Thank You, Sarah! The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson **Thanksgiving in the White House by Gary Hines […]

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    Reviews & Awards


    • National Awards
    • Once Upon A World Children’s Book Award 2003
      Given by the Simon Wiesenthal Center
    • The Center for Children’s Books Best Books 2002
    • ALA Amelia Bloomer List
    • Junior Library Guild selection
    • Chapman Award for Shared Reading
    • International Reading Association Teachers’ Choice 2003
    • Storytelling World 2004 Honor Title
    • ALA Notable Video, 2005
    • State Awards
    • Young Hoosier Award nominee (Indiana)
    • Black-Eyed Susan Award (Maryland) nominee 2003-2004
    • Show Me Readers Award (Missouri) nominee 2004-5
    • Garden State Book Award nominee 2005 (New Jersey)\Governor McGreevey's Book Club (New Jersey)
    • North Carolina Children’s Book Award nominee
    • Carolyn W. Field Honor Book (Pennsylvania)
    • South Carolina Children’s Book Award nominee
    • Capitol Choices Book (Washington DC)
    • Bookseller and Media Recognition
    • Starred review, Publisher’s Weekly,
    • Starred review, Kirkus.
    • Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2003
    • PBS TeacherSource Recommended Social Studies book: Civic and Community

    • “This tale of a little-known historical heroine touts the power of the pen and persistence.’” —Publishers Weekly
    • “Anderson gives an inherently interesting story an extra boost with a terse, amusing text.” — Booklist
    • “Anderson turns a little-known historical tidbit into a fresh, funny, and inspirational alternative to the standard Thanksgiving stories...Anderson doesn't state the facts; she reveals them, unveils them, and celebrates them, and her text certainly shows that persistence and eloquence can succeed. Faulkner takes every opportunity to provide visual humor.” — School Library Journal
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    Matt Faulkner Bio

    Award winning children’s book author and illustrator Matt Faulkner grew up in a small town just outside of Boston, Ma. Upon graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1983, Matt took a job setting typography in NYC at an ad agency. Boy, was that ever the wrong job for Matt! Luckily the owner of the agency liked the drawings Matt had done on his work table during lunch and hired him to draw storyboards!

    Matt’s first author/illustrated work was “The Amazing Voyage of Jackie Grace” from Scholastic in 1985. He has created over 30 books for children since then. He delights in illuminating both historic stories and more fanciful tales and he works very hard not to get the two mixed up. Recently his author/illustrated book “A Taste of Colored Water” received the Comstock Honor award by the Minnesota State University, been chosen as a finalist by the California Commonwealth Club for it’s 2009 Book award and been chosen as a winner in the pre-adolescent category by the National Storytelling Network. The NSNetwork also chose “Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American” (written by Laure Halse Anderson) as the winner of its adolescent category for 2009.

    Matt is engaged to children’s book librarian and author, Kris Remenar and currently lives with his son, Gabe, and two cat’s on a little island in San Francisco Bay (No, not Alcatraz!).

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