Sarah Gives Thanks

How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday


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.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8.50" x 11"
  • 9780807572399
  • September 2012

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  • Sarah’s foresight and determination come alive int his well-told tale.

    - BookPage

  • This well-researched, engaging read-aloud offers youngsters a glimpse into the lives of women and families in 19th-century America as well as to the history of how Thanksgiving became a national holiday…Generous, full-spread watercolor illustrations add humor and colorful details.

    - School Library Journal

  • Readers will look forward to more from this talented author, who has penned a perfectly paced, rousing biography.

    - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

  • The informative text is clearly written, and the watercolor artwork is fluid and engaging.

    - Booklist

  • The transition of the story from the just-widowed Sarah to a recollection of her childhood and marriage and then forward to her later work elevates the reading level of the book.

    - Christian Library Journal

Awards & Accolades

  • 2013 Amelia Bloomer list


    David Gardner

    Common Core



    • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
    • ATOS Level: 5.00