Sarah Gives Thanks by Mike Allegra

We’ve just added a new Thanksgiving book to our collection. It is titled Sarah Gives Thanks  by Mike Allegra.    Sarah Gives Thanks is not your “typical”  Thanksgiving story whose characters  include Pilgrims and Indians.  It is a nonfiction story about Sarah Joseph Hale, the woman who convinced Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.    According to the author, Mike Allegra, Sarah Hale was a celebrated and prolific writer. She edited the most widely read magazine in America. She founded charities, led patriotic fundraising drives, championed college education for women, and used her magazine to influence public opinion on a wide spectrum of topics—the most famous of which was Thanksgiving.
She did all these things in the early- to mid-1800s, when women were widely seen as second-class citizens. And she also did all of these things while raising five children by herself.

As I celebrate Thanksgivings to come, I will now think of the story of Sarah Hale.  She had  that stubborn courage and  brave perserverance, or what I call, “grit.”   Sarah faced many challenges in her life but she did not let those obstacles get in her way.  She was determined to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Finally, after having her appeal ignored by four presidents, the fifth, Abraham Lincoln agreed with Sarah.  Lincoln knew that people (amidst the mid Civil War) needed a national day to be thankful for food on their tables, roofs over their heads and the blessings in their lives.

If you are looking for a “not your run of the mill”  historical picture book about Thanksgiving, check out Sara Gives Thanks, by Mike Allegra.

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