THANK YOU, SARAH: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

Laurie Halse Anderson, Author, Matt Faulkner, Illustrator
Laurie Halse Anderson, Author, Matt Faulkner, Illustrator , illus. by Matt Faulkner. S&S $16.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-689-84787-5
Reviewed on: 09/23/2002
Release date: 10/01/2002

This tale of a little-known historical heroine touts the power of the pen and persistence. With an irreverent tone ("You think you know everything about Thanksgiving, don't you?") and caricatures that play up past Americans' laissez-faire attitude, Anderson (Speak) and Faulkner (The Amazing Voyage of Jackie Grace) chart the progress of Sarah Hale, whose relentless letters and 38 years of petitioning presidents, secured Thanksgiving's status as a national holiday. A hilarious spread of presidents Taylor and Filmore passing the buck to Pierce (Lincoln finally makes the day official in 1863) typifies the balance of humor and history in this snappy volume. An afterword offers additional delectable facts (e.g., FDR tried moving up the holiday in 1939 and '40 to extend the holiday shopping season; Hale also wrote "Mary Had a Little Lamb"). Ages 5-10. (Oct.)

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