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As a young woman, Sarah Hale was prepared to play the role of housewife and mother. But then, in the fall of 1822, things changed. Her husband of nine years died leaving her to raise five small children on her own. At that time, women had few rights and even fewer opportunities to support such a large family, but Sarah, as she said grace at her Thanksgiving table, found the strength to carry on. As she thanked her Maker for what she had, she vowed to find success in a man’s world.

Find it she did. Through raw intelligence and sheer determination, Sarah became a lauded editor, author, patriot, philanthropist, and advocate for women’s education. By the 1850s and ’60s she was one of the most influential women in America. One way she used that influence was to wage a 36-year, grassroots campaign to make Thanksgiving into a national holiday


“More of a biography about Sarah Josepha Hale than a holiday book, 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.” School Library Journal

“Amusing and perfectly chosen anecdotes highlight the qualities that made Hale such a success—curiosity, thirst for knowledge and determination… Readers will look forward to more from this talented author, who has penned a perfectly paced, rousing biography.” Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

 Published by Albert Whitman and Company

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