Genre: children’s historical fiction
Length: 54 pages
Setting: 1707, New Milford, Connecticut
Interest: My mother gave me the book to read to Miss Adventure. When we came back from vacation, we forgot to get our bedtime story from the library (Anne of Windy Poplars). I tried to get it for my Kindle, but it’s one of two Anne stories that aren’t available for the Kindle. So, I was searching our shelves for something short to read that night, before I went back to the library to get our current book.
Summary: Sarah Noble and her father are traveling through the wilderness from Westfield, Massachusetts to New Milford, Connecticut. The rest of the family will join them in New Milford once a house is built, but the baby was too young to travel. Sarah, at eight years old, was selected to accompany her father and keep house for him while he built a house. While they are in New Milford, they make friends with the local Native American tribes. Sarah stays with one family while her father goes back to get the rest of her family.
Final thoughts: A quick, but interesting read. The author claims the story is true, and it certainly is quite realistic. To think of an eight year old girl traveling all that way to be in charge of making all the meals for herself and her father is fascinating. The part of the story that revolves around the Native Americans is a little troubling. The story uses some language that is now considered inappropriate, and since the Nobles couldn’t manage the long Native American names, they just gave their friends Western names. But, at least the Nobles were willing to be friends with the Native Americans.
Title comes from: Sarah’s mother had told her to keep up her courage on the journey, and it was a phrase she repeated often to herself.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this was essentially a short story.
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