The Courage of Sarah Noble

The Courage of Sarah Noble

Alice Dalgliesh

Language: English

Pages: 64

ISBN: 0689715404

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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 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.

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ears lifted . . . listening. And Sarah’s father sat there, wondering if he should have brought this child into the wilderness. When the first light of morning came through the trees, he was still awake. CHAPTER TWO Night in the Settlement The next night was quite different. They came at sundown to a settlement. The houses were brown and homelike. In two of them the sticks of pine used instead of candles were already burning. They shone through the windows with a warm golden light that

smiled down at her. “I have told you . . .” “Then tell me again. I like to hear.” “I hope to find a cave in the side of a hill,” he said. “I will make a hut for us, and a fence around it. Then you and Thomas and I will live there until the house is built. Though Thomas will have to help me with the building.” Sarah laughed. “Thomas cannot build a house!” She had a funny picture in her mind of solemn, long-faced Thomas carefully putting the logs in place. “He can drag logs,” her father said.

speak. At last he said, “Tall John has two children, Sarah. I think they are among those who come here. I would trust you to go to the house of Tall John.” “Oh!” said Sarah. “It is Tall John’s children that I like!” So Sarah went often to the house of Tall John and his wife. She could not say the long, long names of the children, so she called the boy Small John and the girl Mary, after her mother. The Indian children called her Sarah, for that was a name easy to say. “Sar—ah, Sar—ah,

took both her hands in his and looked down into her eyes. “Sarah,” he said. “You have been brave, and now you will have to be braver. I must go to fetch your mother and the children. It is too far for you to go and it will be better if you stay here.” “Stay here? Alone? I am afraid.” She heard herself say “afraid” and it was the first time she had said the word out loud. “I have lost my courage,” said Sarah Noble. “To be afraid and to be brave is the best courage of all,” said her father.

Tall John’s wife takes good care of her children.” “Indeed,” said John Noble, “that is true. And when I came back I found Sarah as clean and—and—well-dressed as when I left her. Tall John’s wife is almost as careful as you, Mary.” Sarah’s mother did not believe a word of it. That she would have to see for herself—if she could even bring herself to look into one of those queer wigwams. No Indian mother could be as good a mother as she was. And certainly not as good a housekeeper. “I must put

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