What is a way that Lyddie is brave in chapters 1- 4?

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The most obvious example of Lyddie's bravery in the first four chapters is her confrontation with the bear. When a black bear pokes its nose through the door of the cabin that has been left ajar, Lyddie keeps a cool head. She orders the rest of the family, even her mother, to climb up the ladder to the loft. She stays on the main floor until everyone else is safely above. She maintains fierce eye contact with the bear, and that keeps it from coming in until she has gotten up to the loft. When Charlie accidentally hits it with the edge of the ladder, the bear rears up, and once again Lyddie locks eyes with it. This encounter reveals Lyddie's courage and leadership. She takes charge of the situation, putting herself in danger in order to save her family. 

Lyddie reveals this same courage when her mother says she wants to leave their home to go await the end of the world at her sister's house. Lyddie refuses to go with her mother and decides to stay on the farm with Charlie, trying to keep the place running until their father returns. Again, Lyddie is willing to face hardship and danger for the good of her family. She believes the best thing for her family is to all be together in the cabin, and she wants to make sure her father can find them when he returns. Therefore she takes on the daunting task of running their household herself with only Charlie to assist her. 

When Lyddie finds out she has been hired out to Cutler's Tavern, she bravely puts herself into her work at the Tavern without sulking or pitying herself. She continues to show bravery when she is in hard situations whether facing down a bear, running a home by herself, or working in a difficult position.