Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple


Kule, Elaine A.
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow, 2006
IL 5-8, RL 6.6
ISBN 0766025780
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Do you know the song "Mary Had a Little Lamb"?  Do any of you know what that could possibly have to do with Thanksgiving?  Well, the author of the song was Sarah Josepha Hale and she wrote the poem in 1830.  She became quite a popular author in her time.  And in one of her books, she wrote about celebrating a day of thanksgiving on a New Hampshire farm.  From there, she started a campaign to celebrate a national day of thanksgiving.  In 1863, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November be set aside as a national day of thanksgiving.  It was celebrated on the last Thursday until 1939, the day was changed to the fourth Thursday to allow more weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  So those years when there are five Thursdays in November, we still celebrate on the fourth Thursday.  Learn all the interesting facts about this national holiday in Elaine Kule's book.
SUBJECTS:     Thanksgiving Day.

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