The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
Sarah is venturing with her father into the wilderness of Milford, Connecticut in order to serve as cook and housekeeper to him as he builds their family’s new home. Sarah is only eight years old but her family decided she was old enough. The journey takes a few days, but they soon arrive at their new home-site. There is much work to do. Sarah’s father erects a temporary shelter as he builds the house.
Sarah soon makes the acquaintance of some local Native American children, even though she is scared at first. Other children had teased her about the Natives being hostile, but they weren’t. Sarah is soon playing with the children on a regular basis.
When Sarah’s father finishes the house he has to go back and fetch the rest of the family. Sarah is to stay with her new friends while he does so. Sarah learns some of the ways of this particular tribe and almost appears as one of them when her father returns, but ultimately, Sarah is happy to have her family back together and her new friends.
What I liked
I have read this book before. I don’t know when, but I have. It’s probably been over twenty years since I have read this book though. It’s nice to have a refresher. Sarah was supposedly a real person and there have been statues and the like constructed of her. She also went on to teach school and serve in other capacities as an adult. I couldn’t find a whole lot of information on Sarah when I did a quick search. If the general events of this book are true, Sarah definitely is one brave little girl.
What I didn’t like
There isn’t really anything bad about this book. It’s short and simple. I don’t really like the ambiguity of how historical Sarah may or may not have been. Did she really go off into the woods with her father when she was only eight years old to serve as housekeeper and cook? I just don’t know.
I was thinking of Donna Noble from Doctor Who when I first saw this book.
Could you have done what Sarah did at the same age?
Do you think children were more grown up in Sarah’s day?