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The Courage of Sarah Noble

Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard

About The Book

In this Newbery Honor book classic, young Sarah learns how to be brave even when the world is strange and new.

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.

The New York Times Book Review described this book as one “to be long remembered for its beautifully written simplicity and dignity.”

About The Author

Alice Dagliesh wrote many books for young readers, including The Thanksgiving Story, The Fourth of July Story, the Bears on Hemlock Mountain, and The Little Wooden Farmer, all available from Aladdin.

About The Illustrator

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 30, 1987)
  • Length: 64 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780684188300
  • Grades: 2 - 5
  • Ages: 7 - 10
  • Lexile ® 610L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

Chicago Sunday Tribune Based on fact, this unusual story of a remarkable pioneer child carries a heartwarming message of love and faith. Beautifully and simply told for beginning readers, it is charmingly illustrated by Leonard Weisgard.

Christian Science Monitor This is a book unmarred by preachment, piety, or sentimentality -- a book without flaw, it seems to me, which must become an American classic.

The New York Times Book Review ...this story is one to be long remembered for its beautiful simplicity and dignity...

Awards and Honors

  • ALA Newbery Honor Book
  • ALA Notable Children's Books

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