The Courage of Sarah Noble
by Alice Dalgliesh, Leonard Weisgard (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars
Sarah Noble accompanies her father to the wilderness of Connecticut to build a new cabin before they are joined by the rest of the family. A Native American tribe lives nearby on the banks of the river, and Sarah befriends the native children. Through every step of their journey and as the family settles into their new home, Sarah’s courage is tested, but she curtails her fears, and remains steadfast and resilient through it all.
I loved this book when I was a little girl! It truly inspired me with courage. I wanted to be just like Sarah, steadfast in the midst of new and anxious circumstances. And like Sarah, I was a child living in the middle of a culture different to my own, making friends with children who did not speak my language. Even as an adult, I am inspired by this beautiful story of friendship and courage!
I love the simple writing style. Every sentence is full of meaning and hidden depths, but the basic story is simple and straightforward. Sarah is a very insightful person, and she notices details around her that bring a lot of significance and worth to the story.
Each chapter is another little step on Sarah’s journey, both in settling into a new land, and also her internal journey of finding out just how brave she can be. Her character development is delightful to see!
I love the way deep themes about family and culture are explored in this book, but in a plain and quiet way so that even a child can understand. Sarah compares her family’s loving behavior to the way that other families behave and live. It’s a powerful message of trust and kindness!
I just love everything about this book!