Matt faulkner relates how sarah hale, a magazine editor and author, persuaded president lincoln to transform thanksgiving day into a national holiday. Today is native american writer leslie marmon silkos birthday. It is a biography about sarah hale, the woman many call the mother of thanksgiving. Thank you, sarah the woman who saved thanksgiving by laurie halse anderson illustrated by matt faulkner sarah hale, a determined widow, magazine editor and author, wanted thanksgiving declared a national holiday. Featured books by laurie halse anderson reading rockets. This is a voice over reading with pictures of the story, thank you sarah, the woman who saved thanksgiving, by laurie halse anderson. Sarah hale proved to women that they could make a difference. Activity packets and a teacher guide is included with possible responses. With an irreverent tone you think you know everything about thanksgiving, dont you.
Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom. She began a campaign to make thanksgiving a national holiday. Along the way, she thanks all the familiar things she lovesher warm boots, the song of the birds, the pretty clouds in the november sky. He said yes, and in 1863 president lincoln made thanksgiving a national holiday. She loved to write and was a great female writer of her time. Thank you sarah the woman who saved thanksgiving is delightfully written childrens historical picture book about a little known chapter of american history dealing with our national holiday of thanksgiving.
The woman who saved thanksgiving, by laurie halse anderson and. Thank you sarah the woman who saved thanksgiving is written by laurie halse anderson and talks about the struggles she had to go through to save thanksgiving. Sarah josepha buell hale october 24, 1788 april 30, 1879 was an american writer and an influential editor. Editor and author sarah hale used her writing talents to convince president abraham lincoln that thanksgiving should be a national holiday for america to celebr. This book is a biography of sarah hale and describes how she worked to make sure thanksgiving was declared a national holiday. This thanksgiving day lesson plan utilizes the book, thank you, sarah the woman who saved thanksgiving by laurie halse anderson to engage students in making inferences using informational text. A few years ago, oyate had a list of books about thanksgiving that they did not recommend.
Leave the classic tale of pilgrims and native americans behind and share the untold story of an american holiday instead. Book details view book information and add to the bookshelf. Write a letter thanking sarah for thanksgiving, telling her why you are happy its a holiday or why not if you are not, and illustrate. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince congress and the presidents. The woman who saved thanksgiving by laurie halse anderson. With an irreverent tone you think you know everything about thanksgiving. Thank you, thanksgiving readaloud revival with sarah. The woman who saved thanksgiving, students read the letter hale sent to lincoln and brainstorm a list of ways to make their community better. She plays with form and style to present individuals from the inside and andersons playful side emerges when she looks at real history and women who played a role in it. A humorous look at sarah hale, the strong, determined woman who championed official recognition of the thanksgiving holiday. The woman who saved thanksgiving by laurie halse anderson is a book that i read every year to my third graders. The woman who saved thanksgiving laurie halse anderson, author, matt faulkner, illustrator, illus.
The woman who saved thanksgiving by laurie halse anderson, which offers a glimpse of sarah hales spirit and drives home the message that a letter writing campaign can make a difference. The woman who saved thanksgiving, readers will learn the story of sarah hale, the woman who penned mary had a little lamb, became the first magazine editor in america, and who. The woman who saved thanksgiving a must read mentor text for social studies and thanksgiving hey there. More steadfast than plymouth rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. Hale famously campaigned for the creation of the american holiday known as thanksgiving, and for. She launched a letter writing campaign to presidents which lasted thirtyeight years until she finally persuaded abraham lincoln to. Reading to kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success. I love how they described sarahs pen as a secret weapon. The woman who saved thanksgiving both informative and entertaining, and imagine that the intended audience would as well.
Use this done for you running record to assess oral reading fluency of thank you, sarah. The woman who saved thanksgiving for use in schools and libraries only. Use these activities after reading the book thank you, sarah by laurie halse anderson. Best of all, if after reading an ebook, you buy a paper version of thank you, sarah. Does the electronic version of the book completely replace the paper version. More steadfast than plymouth rock, this lady editor started a campaign that would outlast four decades, five presidents, and the civil war, to put thanksgiving day on the calendar.
I also love that sarah gave us the official celebration of thanksgiving. Hale wrote persistently to officials in many levels of government promoting the observance of thanksgiving as a unified national holiday. Read the book on paper it is quite a powerful experience. She was a writer and editor who lived in the 1800s. Explain to students that they will be doing a worksheet after the read aloud and to pay close attention to important facts within the book. There is a very informative feast of facts at the end of the book that sheds more light on the traditions that grew up around thanksgiving. From the author of speak and fever, 1793, comes the neverbeforetold tale of sarah josepha hale, the extraordinary lady editor who made thanksgiving a national holiday. None of the presidents nor congress sought to revive the holiday. The humorously written picture biography of an amazing lady.
Oyates list of thanksgiving books to avoid blogger. I bet you didnt know the classic american holiday almost died off. Thank you, sarah read aloud for children is about the woman who saved thanksgiving. Andersons fine childrens book entitled thank you sarah.
The woman who saved thanksgiving is a great book about the unknown tale of how sarah hale saved thanksgiving. This story is a tribute to hale, her fellow campaigners, and to the amendable government that affords. The main character is sarah hale, the woman who was influential in making thanksgiving a national holiday. Yes, its thanks to her pen and persistence that we have a national holiday on the fourth thursday of every november. The author writes in a very entertaining way which is almost comical at times. It may have taken 38 years, but sarah persevered and ultimately saved thanksgiving. Join acclaimed author laurie halse anderson 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. The woman who saved thanksgiving laurie halse anderson is a great story about sarah hale and her perseverance in preserving thanksgiving as a holiday for our united family nation. Once again, she picked up her pen and wrote president lincoln. Children will find the book easy to read and of high.
Tell students that if they think it would help, they can even take notes during the read aloud. The information in this story is from the picture book thank you sarah. Thank you sarah the woman who saved thanksgiving book. Whether writing about the past or present, real people or imagined characters, laurie halse anderson is a compelling writer. The woman who saved thanksgiving from the worlds largest community of readers. The book started out with a question you think you know everything about thanksgiving dont you. Thank you, sarah book by laurie halse anderson, matt. She was the author of the nursery rhyme mary had a little lamb. And when she gets home from her errand, her family thanks her f. Explore our editors picks for the best kids books of the month.
Im here to share a must read mentor text for social studies that ties in nicely with thanksgiving. This book, available in paperback and hardback, is suggested for ages 5 to 10 but all ages would enjoy reading it. Given the number of books that are published every year about that holiday and the ways that native peoples continue to be misrepresented in childrens books, you would be right to guess that their list is long. Way back when skirts were long and hats were tall americans were forgetting. Draw a picture of thanksgiving, with pictures of everything for which you are thankful. Thank you sarahthe woman who saved thanksgiving is delightfully written childrens historical picture book about a little known chapter of american history dealing with our national holiday of thanksgiving. Write a letter to the president about something that you think is important or something that curdles your gravy. Thank you, sarah the woman who saved thanksgiving by laurie halse anderson illustrated by matt faulkner sarah hale, a determined widow, magazine editor and. The woman who saved thanksgiving was published in 2002.
Reprint edition 2005, is a fun read and a great way to learn historical information. Id read this aloud to every elementary school grade. Last year, i had my students write letters to change something. Thank you, sarah by laurie halse anderson scholastic. That all changed the day sarah hale picked up her pen and wrote a letter.
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 andersons book is most welcome. In this exuberant thanksgiving story, a little girl goes on a lastminute errand for her mother. He signed the thanksgiving proclamation that very year, declaring it a national holiday. Thanksgiving might have started with a jubilant feast on plymouths shore. The woman who saved thanksgiving anderson, laurie halse, faulkner. This iconographic film, based on the book by laurie halse anderson with illustrations by matt faulkner, also features an introduction by the author.1032 1323 1060 1493 1159 325 1111 1174 669 1038 1429 545 1037 562 323 786 880 1126 1055 464 5 559 842 911 808 796 1182 892 1061 270 85 814 727 1058 1356 694 770 1242 1353 28 708 1296