- Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers |
- 40 pages |
- ISBN 9780689851438 |
- October 2005 |
- Grades K - 3 |
- Lexile AD350L
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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. She launched a letter writing campaign to presidents which lasted thirty-eight years until she finally persuaded Abraham Lincoln to recognize the day.
Have readers discuss the difference between fiction and nonfiction. Then have them classify Thank You, Sarah, taking hints from the cover of the book.
- Study the artwork on the cover of the book. What is the historical period?
- Foreshadowing is a literary or art technique used to provide clues about something that might occur in the story later. Notice the quill and inkwell on the cover of the book, and the quill on the dedication page. Discuss what this foreshadows about Sarah. Find other examples of foreshadowing in the book. Hint: The bust on the pedestal on the fifth double-page spread.
- Point out the first reference in the book to the way some families spend Thanksgiving today.