Say hello to Sarah Hale- American Super Hero. Sarah Hale was born in 1788. A widower who raised 5 children on her own in spite of the pressures of society at that time which preferred that young wives, upon the death of their husbands, give
their children away to "established" family members (read- "homes with husbands") or put them up for adoption. She was an author, wrote the song "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and as publisher of America's first magazine for women she introduced the work of Edgar Allan Poe and more to the world. She petitioned for abolishing slavery. She worked to establish a system of equal education for girls and boys. She worked to end corporal punishment for children. And... she saved Thanksgiving for us all! This is a character sketch for "Thank You Sarah, The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving" by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by me, publ.d by Simon&Schuster. Pencil, October, 2001.