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The Courage of Sarah Noble

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In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new home for their family. "Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble," her mother had said, but Sarah found that it was not always easy to feel brave inside. The dark woods were full of animals and Indians, too, and Sarah was only eight!
The true story of Sarah's journey is inspiring. And as she
Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 30th 1991 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 1954)
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Summary: this tells the story of Sarah Noble who traveled with her father in 1707 to help build their family's new home in New Milford, CT. It is on the list of books not recommended by the Oyate website.

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
The simple yet lovely writing structure and the beautiful black and brown illustrations by Leonard Weisgard places this book in my list of favorite childhood reads that spawned a lifelong love of historical fiction and non-fiction.

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
I know this book has been criticized for portraying Native Americans in a negative light and propagating false information about them, but, considering that it is based on a true story and from the point of view of an 8-year-old pioneer girl in the 1700s, it is probably an accurate portrayal of what people would think or say about Native Americans at the time. The use of the term "Indians," while inaccurate at best and offensive at worst, was what people in the 1700s called them (or worse). I no ...more
Nicola Mansfield
This is probably my 4th time reading this book. It doesn't warrant that many readings but I read it as a kid, read it aloud to my kids and just re-read it now since I haven't reviewed it here yet. A Newbery Honor Award Winner, ...Sarah Noble is a well-written frontier story set in Connecticut. It's a nice story based on a true family, that very little detail exists about and has become more legendary than historical fact. Father and daughter travel across state to settle on new land and this eas ...more
This is by the same author who wrote The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, although unlike that book, this one has a plot. I have to say I’m not a huge fan of this author. This one was more deserving of a Newbery Honor than “The Bears…”, but I wouldn’t say either is on the level of other Newbery Honors I’ve read from this time period. It is historically significant as a piece of AmericanaThis is by the same author who wrote The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, although unlike that book, this one has a plot. ...more
Really nice story. I will be sharing it with my 9 year old daughter. I was surprised at how contemporary the thought processes were, given the year it was published (1954). It has very good themes about inclusion, racism, and the courage it takes to embrace others different from you when your culture is against it--but simplistic enough that it is eminently readable.
"....To be afraid and to still be brave is the best kind of courage." This is one example of the kinds of little gems you will find in this quick read. I read this book in about 40 minutes of cuddle time this evening with my seven year old son. It was a fun little story. His favorite part was when Sarah had to go live with the Indians. He asked what moccasins were. Funny the things you take for granted that your kids just know but that was a great opportunity for a social study lesson.
I had not
Beth Anne
This was another fantastic read-aloud. Set in early 1700s America, the simple story inspired courage and bravery in the face of the unknown. Emma was absolutely captivated and we read the entire second half in one sitting.
David sky prieto
If u want a book that talks about courage in a nother level. Then you better read this book . This repealing story begins as a girl and her father are walking to a land wich they bought to build there house and in the process she makes indian friendes that she plays with. Soon her father finishes the house and has to leave her with an indian family because he has to go get the rest of the family and she is scared but soon her fear goes completly away and she is soon reunited with her family.This ...more
Mrs. Romaniuk
The book is about an eight-year-old girl who travels with her father to Massachusetts to cook for him as he builds a home there. She is the one chosen to go since she is the oldest of eight siblings. Throughout the book, she and her father encounter Native Americans and Sarah lives with them for a few weeks.

I first heard of The Courage of Sarah Noble on the following website: The first story describes one parent’s experience when her child had to read th
Shanna Gonzalez
Eight-year-old Sarah Noble's father is setting out from colonized territory into the wilderness of Connecticut. Knowing that her mother and siblings must stay behind with the baby, Sarah volunteers to accompany him on the dangerous journey to establish their new home. Upon her departure, her mother fastens her red cloak under her chin and admonishes her, "Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble." The cloak and the words travel with her all across the wild territory, through nights in the open with wol ...more
Sarah's father is going to build her family a new home out in Indian Territory. He takes Sarah, his oldest child, with him to cook and be a companion for him. This story is their journey to that new land and their experiences with the native people who live there. Sarah, as an eight year old, sees and hears many things that are worthy of her fear, but she works so hard to be brave and "keep up her courage."

This is a charming book. I read it out loud over a couple nights to my 7 and 1/2 year old
We listened to this on CD during a recent road trip. It is very short--took less than an hour, I believe. My husband couldn't stop poking fun at it because of the redundancy of the lines, "Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble!" This was every few paragraphs. (I think it was partly the fault of the woman reading it. She was a bit dramatic.) Anyway, I expected there to be more substance to the story. An 8-yr-old girl travels with her father to a new settlement, then stays with a Native American famil ...more
Karen Peters
The Courage of Sarah Noble is a historical fiction book written by Alice Dalgliesh and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard. The book would be most suited to the Intermediate(I) level reading group. The Courage of Sarah Noble was awarded the Newbery Honor Award and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.

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
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It is 1707, and Sarah Noble's family is living in Westfield, Massachusetts. When John Noble purchases a tract of land in New Milford, Connecticut, he takes eight year-old Sarah with him. Mrs. Noble stays in Westfield with the younger children. The journey to New Milford takes many days. Sometimes they sleep with other settlers, and other times, in the woods. When they get to their new home they hollow a shallow cave in a hill and sleep there. Before she left home, Sarah's mother gave her a beaut ...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
Chris Connolly
Category (Fiction Choice)
Genre (Historical Fiction)
Found on page 210 in the textbook
Newbery Honor 1955

1. Description

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
Alayna's review: Sarah and her father go on a journey to Connecticut to build a house. Her family stays behind. Sarah stays in a cave with a fence built around it. She becomes friends with some Indian children. She reads to them from the bible. When her father finishes the house, Tall John, an Indian, cares for her while her father leaves to retrieve the rest of the family. It was such a dangerous journey to Connecticut that her father wants her to stay safe with the Indians. She learns of the w ...more
I saw this book listed on several homeschooler's reading lists, so thought I'd check it out. I enjoyed the story and the simplicity with which it was told. One review on the dust jacket read, "This is a book unmarred by preachment, piety, or sentimentality--a book without flaw, it seems to me, which must become an American classic." --Christian Science Monitor.

Several reviewers found the treatment of the Indians offensive. I don't find that to be true. The main characters are tolerant and though
Sarah Noble's story is one of those that should be read to all children(or read by children as it is a great beginner's chapter book). Sarah is such a wonderful example of courage and faith for her young years. She and her father face many hardships as they traverse to settle a new home for their family. They also learn to make a friendship with the Indians. The illustrations are beautiful and the writing simple but unforgettable. It is recommended for ages 7-10, but I recommend it for any age!
Faith Stilts
Nice read. Children's book but I was curious because it says it is a true story to some extent. I am going to do some more research about the legend of Sarah Noble.
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.
Great book to read with my third grader. She needed a Historical Fiction for an upcoming book report and we found this. It is a great story about being courageous even when you're scared. "Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble!" We now say this often when faced with hard writing the book report about this book!
I would like to note that my fairly picky reader enjoyed the story, too.
C. L.
A perfectly good little story for the first grader going through a colonial/pioneer obsession. The subject of Native Americans is discussed in a manner accurate to the setting, which means they're called unsavory names by a number of characters; that being said, the main characters (Sarah and Sarah's father) don't care for that, so it's not portrayed as acceptable. Indifferently recommended.
This Newbery honor book is based on a true story. Sarah Noble is only eight years old when she accompanies her father to their new homestead in the Connecticut wilderness. She is quite nervous about this, but works hard to keep up her courage. She most scared of wild animals and the Indians. She and her father do get to know an Indian family near where they live. Her father has to go back to get the rest of the family and leaves her with the Indian family. Although Sarah is nervous about this sh ...more
I enjoyed this snapshot of early pioneer life. It shows some of the discrimination the Native Americans faced (minus the violence), and has a good overall message. Although Sarah and her father aren't
"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
Linda Lipko
I'm seriously rethinking my goal of reading all Newbery medal and honor books. Some of the early ones are very silly and not worth the time spent in reading them.

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
If Sarah Noble was as brave as she was portrayed in this book, then she had remarkable courage indeed. I suspect, however, that this is a cleaned up, sanitized version of history. The whole book felt preachy, obviously intended to teach children a lesson. This book holds little appeal except for children especially interested in colonial history.

*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
Sandra Strange
This short Newbery Honor Book is suitable for about 3rd grade through junior high low readers. The true story of early colonization, it tells Sarah Noble's story: her dad took her alone to prepare a way for their Massachusetts family to move to newly opened Connecticut settlement. They establish a home in a cave, as they make friends with nearby benign Native American families who warn them of hostile Northern tribes that they fear. Then Sarah stays with the most friendly Native American family ...more
Dec 05, 2009 Natalie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Natalie by: Newberry Honor
Shelves: childrens-books
What a simple story from early frontier life! Eight-year-old Sarah Noble sets out with her father from Massachusetts to claim land deep in Connecticut's frontier territory. As they begin to construct the first pioneer home in the area, they encounter their Native American neighbors. The children find they have much in common and love each others' games. But when Father must return to Massachusetts to fetch the rest of the family, and leave Sarah in that wild country, she must reach deep to find ...more
Dawn Ling
Borrowed this for my children but ended up reading it and loving it!! Talks about the life of a girl who managed to stay brave amidst unfamiliar surroundings and people. Great story about courage and acceptance..highly recommended for children!
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Family: Born in Trinidad, British West Indies; naturalized U.S. citizen; died in Woodbury, CT; daughter of John and Alice (Haynes) Dalgliesh.

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
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