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Ida Early Comes over the Mountain Paperback – November 1, 1990

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (November 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140345345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140345346
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Casey and Alyssa on January 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
By: Robert Burch Reviewed By: Alyssa Dianni and Casey Oyer
The book Ida Early comes Over the Mountain is a book with tons of surprises. The characters are Clay, Dewey, Ida, Mr.Sutton, Randall and Ellen. This book is about a family who's mother died and needed help around the house. Their Aunt Earnestine was helping but she was too stern. Then one day an ugly tall lady came and changed their lives. I think the author's message was that you shouldn't judge people by their looks. Like Ida, she wasn't attractive but she was a nice lady and pretty at heart. Casey Says- This book is great. My favorite part is when the kids played Country Club and Ida early walked in and said the password. I thought it was funny how she wasn't scared and thought it was silly. The kids were confused and I laughed. Alyssa's Says-I think this book has many details. For example: " Her face was plan, her complexion ruddy and her hair light brown and stringy." My favorite part was when Clay and Dewey fought over who would get the red jawbreaker. I think the saddest part is when Ida and the kids went to the carnival. A guy, named Nook, made fun of Ida. He called her a freak. If you want to find out all the surprises Ida brings to the Sutton family and if you like funny books read: Ida Early Comes Over The Mountain
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on January 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ida Early comes Over the Mountain is a wonderful book. it is humerous through out the story and the author makes you feel that you are one of the characters. This story is about four Sutton children who live with their father. Their mother died last summer and their aunt lives with them. Soon a tall lady arrives named Ida Early. She teaches the family lessons and you never know what Ida is going to do. This book is full of adventures, and I think people of all ages will love it. Since I liked this book so much on a scale 1-10 i will rate it a ten. the moral of this book is to never judge a person by the outside but by the inside.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lulu on June 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is about the Sutton family. The children's mother just passed away. An ugly and tall woman named Ida Early volunteered to take car eof the children. The family needed a housekeeper because they want their mean Aunt Earnestine to go back home. Ida Early makes the whole family happy. Ida thinks that reading the comic strip is more important than doing the dishes. She told the kids that she was a lion tamer, a cooker on a pirate ship, and a stunt pilot. Ida sparks up the family.

I kind of like this book because it tells a message to people that people shouldn't judge others on the outside. The inner beauty is more important than the outer beauty. Although Ida Early was ugly, she was a very nice person and she has a warm heart. She is also humorous. The reason that I don't like it is because it is a normal happy story. I like stories that are more exciting. This book is for people who like to read about happy stories.
I chose this book is because I liked the cover of the book. It shows a girl sitting a on chair with her foot up. A boy is standing behind her. On her right is a girl standing on the porch. In front of her are two boys that look like twins. They looked like that they lived in the pasture. There is a barn next to their house. The expression on everyone's face was happy. They looked like that they were enjoying the day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Plume45 on January 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
When Ida Early tramped over the Blue Ridge Mountains into rural Georgia, she changed the lifestyle of the Sutton family in a dramatic way. During the Great Depression of the 1930's
thousands of folks were jobless and starving. Thus it was no surprise that a raggle-taggle woman should knock on their door, asking for food and work. But this wayfarer blew in like a
cheerful tornado: exceptionally tall and somewhat masculine in habits, Ida fearlessly took over the household, claiming to be a great cook--though some were suspicious about her domestic skills.
Ida proves a breath of fresh air with her eager smile, her willingness to try anything new and blatantly preposterous exploits--tales to match her height. She quickly endears herself to the 4 Sutton children and their widower father, but two busybody aunts warn of dire consequences if Ida is not dismissed and replaced by someone more suitable. It's clear that Ida will never be a Lady, but Ida is deeply hurt when the older kids act ashamed of her at school. How can Rardall and Ellen restore her dignity and self-esteem? Besides, how will the family survive the "battleship" invasion looming on Thanksgiving Day? Burch serves up country fun for kids up to 15, with his wacky characters and cleverly-resolved conflicts. Humorous yet touching, this story points out the dangers of succumbing to peer pressure. Will Ida Early come back too Late?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is a pretty good Book. I suggest you read. Stars:#
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Ida Early just shows up one morning. With scraggly hair and rumpled clothes, she isn't well dressed for job hunting--lumberjack, field hand or cook. It doesn't much matter to her.

Mr. Sutton just lost his wife and needs someone to help out at home. But first, Ida has to impress Aunt Earnestine, presently in charge. The children think their aunt is bossy, fussy and downright mean, but Ida pays her no mind because she has a mind of her own and is not too impressed with Aunt Earnestine, anyhow. This upsets Aunt Earnestine something awful, but Mr. Sutton hires on Ida anyhow, to the delight of the children.

Though Ida irks nearly all Mr. Sutton's relatives, the children love her. She will make you laugh out loud and probably cry, too, because, being different from most folks, Ida doesn't always get treated right.

You'll love Ida!

(After getting to know her, you'll want to go on to read Christmas with Ida Early.)

(Realistic Fiction)

The Creative Teacher: Activities for Language Arts (Grades 4 through 8 and Up)
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