Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Oct 1, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
35 Reviews
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 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!

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Great illustrations!! - Goodreads
The pictures were phenomenal. - Goodreads
The font is rather small and the text is detailed. - Goodreads
She influenced people by writing letters and articles. - Goodreads
These illustrations were very eye catching to everyone. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Kbernard - LibraryThing

I just loved this book! It tells the story of Sarah, the educated lady who saved Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the funny comments, great illustrations, and general story. I think my second graders would greatly appreciate this book next year! Adding it to my library! Read full review

Review: Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

Imagine life without Thanksgiving in the USA: that is how Anderson opens up her story and introduces the historical figure, Sarah Hale. Sarah is a “superhero” who uses her secret weapon, a pen, to ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also received the 2009 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was chosen for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award.  Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter,, or her website

Matt Faulkner is a talented and clever picture-book maker whose dazzling ink and watercolor illustrations have graced dozens of well-loved picture books. On his inspiration for A Taste of Colored Water, he says, "When I was a boy it would've surprised me to learn that the word COLORED hung over a water fountain didn't mean that this was a magical place where fruit-flavored water flowed on demand." This story has grown out of his lifelong exploration of race and societal intolerance and the questions these institutions raise. His more recent work features several titles that focus on United States history, including Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson and You're on Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt by Judith St. George. He lives in Oakland, California, with his son.

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