- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Aladdin; Reissue edition (Oct. 30 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0689715404
- ISBN-13: 978-0689715402
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 22.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 116 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Courage of Sarah Noble Paperback – Oct 30 1991
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The New York Times Book Review "This one is to be long remembered for its beautifully written beauty and simplicity."
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In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new 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 cares for her father and befriends her Indian neighbors, she learns that to be afraid and to be brave is the greatest courage of all.See all Product description
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Too good not to mention are Weisgard's illustrations; typical of the time they are monochromatic done in sepia and black and suit the time period and atmosphere well.
I bought this book for my 6-year-old daughter recently, fearing it wouldn't hold up after all these decades. After all, I grew up with cowboy movie images of "savage" Indians, and felt Sarah's fear. But my daughter, like most children today, hasn't grown up with that racist garbage. She wouldn't understand why anyone would be afraid of Native Americans. That's a good thing, of course, but I suspected changed attitudes would take away a lot of the book's suspense.
But the book holds up better than I expected. My daughter recognized immediately that the children who teased Sarah at the beginning were just being mean and didn't know anything about Indians. That the Indian children turn out to be just like her didn't come as a surprise. But Sarah's journey to a new place, being in the woods with scary animal sounds, all living temporarily in a cave all seemed like real dangers to her. And so, even though some of the "message" of the book has become a little dated, the plot holds up well. My daughter and I both enjoyed the book.
The storyline flows beautifully, and the writing is rich but won't overload the emerging chapter-reader. If your child is making the transition into chapter books and loves historical fiction, then this is a great book for you.
Even older readers will enjoy the simplicity and adventure of this beautiful story. Although my daughter has read many chapter books, this is still one of her favorites!
One student commented that the book was too short and he really didn't care for it. Another student said, "It wasn't the best book, but it was very good", "I think the book was too easy to read. It is not the best book I ever read".
The consensus, though, was that it is a good book to read, enjoy and learn from.
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forest.I would recommend this book to a friend because it had a happy ending.