Here. Have A Book Excerpt.

Don’t worry; things improve.

The turkey was fresh from the oven. Sarah Josepha Hale asked her five children to join hands in thanksgiving.

The baby grabbed on to Sarah’s finger, but the other four hesitated. Sarah understood. They had just returned from their father’s grave and were not in a thankful mood.

So she bowed her head alone.

“Dear Lord, we are thankful for having known him,” she began. “We are thankful for his love. And we are thankful for the love we have for each other.”

As Sarah spoke, her children fumbled for each other’s hands. As one, they thanked God for their good fortune.

After she said “Amen,” Sarah sent out one last silent prayer: “Please, God, help me find a way to support my family.”

 from Sarah Gives Thanks, Albert Whitman & Co., 2012

We Have a Winner!

The Grand (and only) Prize!

Two weeks ago, I posted a contest on my blog to win a free, signed copy of my upcoming children’s book Sarah Gives Thanks.

The response was incredible! It’s amazing; all ya gotta say is “Win my book!” and people will stop by to say “Hi!” and “Gimmie a book!” That’s certainly what I would do; offer me a chance to win a free book and I’ll prove it.

You had to be in it to win it!

To be entered in the contest all you had to do was to come up with a clever interview question for illustrator extraordinaire David Gardner. Then, because getting questions without answers isn’t all that interesting, I also asked you to answer the questions you provided.

A lot of great questions came in. (And, yes, a couple of wisenheimer ones came in, too.) After taking pains to narrow them down, I am pleased to report that my co-interviewers are:

Vanessa Chapman
JT Clayton
Kaleidoscopebrain
Wendy Lawrence
Cathy Ballou Mealey
Lauri Meyers
Nancy Tandon
Madame Weebles
Anne Woodman
Writerlious

Now don’t fret if you don’t see yourself up there. As long as you asked and answered a question (no matter how wisenheimer-y) your name was put in the hat to win the book.

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Big Winner!

To keep things good and fair, I brought in an unbiased third party to draw the winning card.

The sober judge.

Isn’t he cute?

OK, let’s get started!

Shuffle…shuffle…
And the winner is…
Ta daa!

MADAME WEEBLES!

Congratulations, Madame! To collect your prize, please go up to the menu option “Write Me A Note” and give me your mailing address. As soon as the book comes out in September, I will send you a personalized copy.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

And for those of you who STILL want a free book, go to David Gardner’s Blog right now. He’s decided to hold the EXACT SAME CONTEST! Good Luck!

Pictures Perfect

The Mother of Thanksgiving. Woo!

I am delighted to report that the charming and talented David Gardner has posted some Sarah Gives Thanks illustrations online. Check ’em out here.