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Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday [Hardcover]

Mike Allegra , David Gardner

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Book Description

Aug. 1 2012
During the nineteenth century, Sarah Josepha Hale dedicated her life to making Thanksgiving a national holiday, all while raising a family and becoming a groundbreaking writer and women's magazine editor. Sarah Hale's inspiring story, accompanied by luscious watercolor illustrations, tells the tale of one woman who wouldn't take no for an answer.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (Aug. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080757239X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807572399
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 22.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g

Product Description

From the Inside Flap

This story depicts how Sarah Josepha Hale campaigned to make Thanksgiving a holiday in the 1800s.

About the Author

Mike Allegra is a journalist, playwright, and magazine editor. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and son. On Thanksgiving, he always asks for the drumstick.

David C. Gardner is the illustrator of many books for children, including The Harvey Milk Story and Jamestown: A Ship's Boy. He has a degree in film from Northwestern University and has trained at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and inspirational book! Sept. 16 2012
By Celeste - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We purchased this book for our son based on the recommendation of a family member, and found it to be an interesting and inspirational story. My recommendation would be for the author to write about more of our national holidays in future books, since it really helps children understand the true meaning of a holiday, as opposed to it being "just another day off from school".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise Sept. 13 2012
By Stacy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book, because I met the author through the blogosphere. I read the book, because it's an interesting story. Mike Allegra weaves a lot of information into this picture book about Sarah Hale and her efforts to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. It also shares a story of how a single mom managed to support her family in a man's world -- a 19th century man's world. The historical facts are educational and presented in an entertaining manner. The illustrations by David Gardner are wonderful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book! Aug. 30 2012
By Dad of Divas - Published on Amazon.com
Do you ever wonder how our national holiday called THANKSGIVING began? Well this true story describes the history of the holiday and the woman who endlessly fought for it to become the celebrated day it is today.

Sarah Josepha Hall was widowed young with five children and had to find a way to support them. She turned to writing and became a well known writer and editor. It took Sarah 36 years until she found a president, Abraham Lincoln, who issued the proclamation declaring a national day of thanksgiving.

Sarah was also instrumental in supporting and furthering the education of women in the 1800's. What courage and strength for a women to do that so long ago.

I feel our young women today need to learn about these brave women who were instrumental not only in focusing on the rights of women, but in the institutions of education, family, and tradition.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Gives Thanks March 5 2014
By LB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I borrowed this book from the library and when I read it to my students, they enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed it also and felt I needed to add it to my classroom library. I highly recommend it because of the easy dialogue and the beautiful pictures.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational woman of history Nov. 26 2013
By Margaret C. - Published on Amazon.com
The inspiring story of the woman who helped make Thanksgiving a national holiday.

This is a lovely Thanksgiving picture book. The illustrations are very pleasing to my eyes. Often the books on Thanksgiving are filled with pilgrims and Indians of North America. These stories are important, but so is the political aspect of the holiday, which this biographical book delves into. This is an inspirational book for American History and the strength of one voice. Sarah Hale is a strong woman and one for our young girls to find inspiration in.

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details.

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