Kid Review – Sarah Had a Little Plan – picture book

Tousey, Jen. Sarah Had a Little Plan. Greenville, SC: Ambassador International, 2021.

About this Thanksgiving book

Author Jen Tousey writes, “In the early nineteenth century women did not go to college, there were not many options for a woman who needed a career to
survive, and the country was headed toward Civil War. It was a tough time to be a widow with five children.” Sarah Had a Little Plan is equally the tale of a brave woman who used her pen to provide for her children and shape the history and policy of a nation, as it is
the story of how a national holiday came to be. For decades, Sarah wrote to four different presidents, trying to convince them that a day of Thanksgiving was worthy of becoming a national holiday. Written in catchy, singsong phrasing, the book teaches children
about Sarah’s dedication to the idea of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. With colorful illustrations, historical imagery, and an attention to detail, Jen Tousey creates a holiday classic for families to read and enjoy year and year. Parents and children alike will marvel at Sarah’s decades-long dedication to Thanksgiving and the unity of the United States, and parents might just chuckle at the nineteenth-century red-tape that Sarah Josepha Hale faced long ago.

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My Review

I’m always on the lookout for new holiday books to share with kids. Jen Tousey has written a rhyming text which tells the story of how Sarah Hale worked for years to get Thanksgiving declared a holiday. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text combine to make this an enjoyable book for parents and teachers to read to children. 

The book ends with a non-fiction section “Who was Sarah Josepha Hale?” “Who did Sarah write to?” vocabulary/glossary, discussion questions, fun facts, and additional resources. This section makes the book a great reference book in addition to a cute picture book. Older children can find information in the back matter to use when researching Thanksgiving Day. 

Sarah Had a Little Plan would be a great addition to a k-12 Christian School library. It would be appropriate for teaching students about Thanksgiving.

I received a complimentary copy of Sarah Had a Little Plan. This is my honest review.

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