We recently just finished this book at school - The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh, and I had to share it with you. I had never read it before, but had seen it on many book lists (and on the Newbery Honor Book list as well, so you know it's going to be a quality book). We've been studying the genre of historical fiction at school, and this book fit perfectly. Combine that with the fact that it goes nicely with Thanksgiving, we had ourselves a winner! It would be a great read-aloud to ones as young as 3 or 4. And it's short, so it's a book that you could finish reading in a week or two - just right for now until Thanksgiving.
It's the story of Sarah Noble and her father, trying to find a place for thier family to live. They begin building their home and have adventures with the Indians and wildlife that surround them. It's such a sweet story, and one I'm glad to have found.
Here's a passage that I loved...
"That night Sarah slept warm under the quilts. On a peg near by hung her cloak-and she did not need it. She had kept up her courage and it was something that would always be with her. Always - even when the cloak was all worn out.
Tonight the pictures in her mind were comfortable ones - home- family - the fireside and a door securely fastened. The light from the fire made pleasant patterns in the darkness. Sarah lay quietly, and the wind in the trees sang her to sleep."
We're now reading The Cabin That Faced West by Jean Fritz - another lovely book to add to your collection!