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Preview — The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
The Courage of Sarah Noble
When Sarah Noble was eight years old she had her great adventure -- going with her father into the wilds of Connecticut to cook for him while he built a house.
There were Indians -- would they be friendly There were many times when Sarah had to say to herself, as her mother had said when she left home, Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble. Keep up your courage.
Response 1 (before reading the Oyate evaluation): As I am reading, I am going to record my predictions of what the Oyate reviewers will find disturbing:
- the purchase of the land by the white men
- the Robinson children's manner of talking about "the Indians" (p. 10-11) and Mrs. Robinson's use of ...more
Sarah Noble was an 8 year old girl who traveled with her father to the Connecticut wilderness in 1707. They became the first white settlers in what is now New Milford, Connecticut.
I was somewhat surprised to find that this book is controversial for it's portrayal of na ...more
I had not ...more
I first heard of The Courage of Sarah Noble on the following website: http://www.oyate.org/index.php?option... The first story describes one parent’s experience when her child had to read th ...more
This is a charming book. I read it out loud over a couple nights to my 7 and 1/2 year old ...more
In 1707, young Sarah Noble must travel into the wilderness with her father to build the family's new home. Sarah was frightened by tales of wild Indians and animals who could cause her harm. When Sarah's fathe ...more
This slender book is an easy read for elementary children, with its 8-year-old heroine who becomes the little lady of a rustic household, short sentence and many full-page illustrations in brown tones. Sarah accompanies her father on a long journey from the Massachusetts colony down to the Connecticut frontier, to the site of a future town, New Milford, by the Great River. The middle child of a large family she offers to cook and keep house for Mr. N ...more
Genre (Historical Fiction)
Found on page 210 in the textbook
Newbery Honor 1955
Set in the days of Indians, Sarah Noble begins her journey across the land with her father who wished to build a new home for his family, and Sarah has chosen to travel with him; they travel far from home, then come to the very location where the house will be built. However, when they arrive, Sarah comes face-to-face with Indian children who find her intriguing. Fearing that they ...more
Several reviewers found the treatment of the Indians offensive. I don't find that to be true. The main characters are tolerant and though ...more
Sarah goes into the wilderness with her father as he is headed to build a new house for the family on property he has bought. I do like that there were no bad guys and good guys in this book. The indians and Sarah and her father learned to care for each other as they worked and played together.
I would like to note that my fairly picky reader enjoyed the story, too.
"able" to pronounce their Native Ameican friends' names and dub them "Tall John" and "Mary" and Sarah's mother is less than happy to find that her daughter has been left with "savages", I think the characters' behavior is true to the time period. I would recommend it to 2nd and 3rd grade readers. G ...more
This was a Newbery honor book from 1955 regarding a young nine year old girl who travels in the wilderness with her father to stake claim to land cleared by American Indians. Sarah befriends the Indians and stays with them when her father returns home to fetch the rest of the family to live in the house newly built with the help of the ...more
*EDIT* I'm re-reading this for project for a graduate class on children's literature. My project involves examining stereotypes of minority characters i ...more
Educator, editor, book reviewer, and author, Dalgliesh was an elementary school teacher for nearly seventeen years, and later taught a course in children's literature at Columbia University. From 1934 to 1960 she served as children's book editor for Charles ...more