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The Courage of Sarah Noble

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  4,406 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
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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Feb 07, 2009 Rian rated it it was ok
Shelves: native-american
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
Oct 04, 2011 Ginette rated it really liked it
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
Feb 10, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
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
Apr 13, 2016 Alison added it
Title: The Courage of Sarah Noble
Author: Alice Dalgliesh
Illustrator: Leonard Weisgard
Genre: Historical Fiction
Theme(s): Christianity, Diversity, Culture, History
Opening Line/Sentence: “Sarah lay on a quilt under a tree.”
Brief Book Summary: Sarah is a young girl of only eight years old who accompanies her father on a journey for him to build their new home on the land her father recently purchased from “Indians.” Sarah has reservations about the “Indians” that are in such close proximity but s
Autumn T
Feb 29, 2016 Autumn T rated it really liked it
This book was about Sarah and her father going to, and building a house in, a new place eight-year-old Sarah had never seen before. When Sarah's father leaves to get her mother and sister she must stay with an Indian named Tall John and his tribe.

Discussion Question Answers:

1. Sarah must be courageous because she is taking a journey into a land she does not know and she will have to face a lot of challenges. The Indians, at first, seem scary to her before they became her friends.

2. Sarah encoun
Ian Wood
Aug 16, 2015 Ian Wood rated it did not like it
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Jun 12, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery-honor
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
Feb 21, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Jan 16, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenges
"....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
Apr 23, 2015 Jodi rated it really liked it
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Oct 06, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
We read this book last summer. We now have a saying...."Keep up your courage, keep up your courage" from this book. Definitely going to read again so my six (and eight) year old will remember it even more. 3/31/15

Ellie read this book to herself and rated it 5 stars as part of the Pizza Hut Book It program...krb 10/6/16
Kate Schwarz
Sep 08, 2016 Kate Schwarz rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery, early-reader
Newbery Honor, 1954.

This is a story inspired by real-life early settlers (1707) in Bridgewater, CT. Sarah travels alone with her father to help take care of him and set up their home. In that process she meets Indians, who are at first scary to her but after befriending them she stays with one Indian family while her father returns to their original homestead to get the rest of the family.

This book is dated, sure. The language is older and Sarah's initial thoughts of Indians made me cringe a bi
Christine Crawford
I read this because my 8-year-old had to for his summer reading. I was curious about the selection, knowing there is some controversy about the portrayal of Native Americans. It is simple and sweet story. I kind of liked it, although I think my son may end up being bored by it. The view of Native Americans is definitely outdated. However, being that it was written in the 50's and tells a story from the early 1700's I think it could still be a valid read. I do plan on having a conversation with m ...more
Beth Anne
Nov 01, 2012 Beth Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, read-aloud
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.
Hailey White
Jan 18, 2016 Hailey White rated it it was amazing
What a lovely story! Perfect for all ages, especially the 6-10 range. Vivien read this as part of her history curriculum and after she referenced it a few times I knew she wanted to discuss it.
Mar 20, 2016 Gina rated it did not like it
ZERO STARS, for its appalling depiction of Native Americans. In "The Courage of Sarah Noble", Sarah's courage is praised, but just what is it that Sarah is facing with such bravery? "Indians [who] will eat you." Sarah is afraid of things in the dark, because they might be Indians. She freezes "still as a rabbit in danger" when Indian children approach. When she finally musters up the much-applauded courage to interact, she can't be bothered with "the long, long names of the children, so she call ...more
David prieto
Jan 10, 2015 David prieto rated it it was amazing
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
I remember the illustrations being very charming and the general feeling of enchantment I had in reading it as a young girl.

It's easy to see how weird a perspective it presents now that I'm older. I can see the inconsistencies that merely puzzled me as a child. I would expect, after a few weeks of living with the Indians, Sarah would actually pick up on the language and not refer to the children as Mary and Little John. Even as a kid, that prompted a side eye from me. How rude! And clearly Sarah
Jan 19, 2016 Selah rated it really liked it
Good historical fiction for the elementary school set. Dalgleish handled the prejudices of the time well.
Paige Lemmon
Dec 12, 2013 Paige Lemmon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good historical fiction
Sherry Elmer
Sep 30, 2016 Sherry Elmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story of brave little Sarah Noble, based on a real person who, in 1707, journeyed through the wilderness with her father to cook for him as he built their family's new home. This child, who was only 8 years old, took care of a household and even remained behind with a Native American family when her father returned home to get the rest of the family, really shows how vastly different our children are raised today than from what was expected and required of children a few hund ...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
Oct 27, 2010 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-04-08
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
Nov 27, 2012 Elise rated it it was ok
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
Nov 11, 2012 Karen Peters rated it really liked it
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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Oct 07, 2013 Books Kids Like rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dalgliesh-alice
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
Aug 18, 2013 Gale rated it liked it

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
Nov 12, 2013 Chris Connolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642
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
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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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