My Favorite Thanksgiving Story

Well I can’t deny the funk I have been in since the election.  Somehow, the levity of children’s literature got lost for me in the last few days.  However, I absolutely don’t want this blog to become a vehicle for any political agenda.  What I do want it to be is a celebration of kids reading and embracing the messages of so many fabulous authors.  Books are a vehicle for kids to learn empathy and to experience individuals and struggles that they themselves may not face.  We have a responsibility to make sure that the President that comes from our kid’s generation has the gift of being well read.  Books open our minds and our hearts and while we may not always agree on policy, understanding the human condition will bring it’s own power and respect to the highest office in the land.

With that I will share my favorite Thanksgiving story.  It is about a dainty little woman who really is a superhero.  With nothing mightier than a pen and perseverance, she ensured that our country comes together one day a year to give thanks. This is when women didn’t even have the power to cast a ballot, and she was able to influence a nation through her writing.  Bravo Sarah and thank you.

Title: Thank You, Sarahthank-you-saran my favorite thanksgiving story

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Target: Preschool – Grade 2

What this book is about:
You think you know everything about Thanksgiving? Well do you know about Sarah Hale?  She is the women who saved Thanksgiving.  Not so sure of yourself now are you?  When Sarah saw Thanksgiving disappearing, especially with the dawn of Civil War, she fought to preserve it. Did she call out the troops? No! Did she load the cannons? Of course not!  She used her secret weapon …. a pen.  In this story Sarah shows us how the power of writing and perseverance can help us accomplish almost anything – even saving Thanksgiving for a nation!

Why I love this book:
Not only is this book inspirational, it is also funny with some over the top illustrations by Matt Faulkner. While the story never takes itself too seriously, the message is clear – that one person can make a difference, with nothing mightier than a pen. It is also a nice little history lesson, because it takes Sarah a longggg time to get Thanksgiving declared a national holiday!

Who this book is for:
Great story for kids and for parents who want a different take on the history of Thanksgiving. It can also be used anytime during the year when you are teaching kids about how powerful the written word can be!

Final thoughts:
Even dainty little ladies can be superheroes!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving.  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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