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When I Was Young in the Mountains (Reading Rainbow Books (Paperback)) Paperback – January 1, 1993
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The book is remarkable for its lack of overt sentimentality. Some might disagree with me, but I was struck by how this book did not fail to note the less than desirable elements of living in the wilderness. Swimming in a swimming hole of your own might be fun. Just watch out for snakes. And baths required an awful amount of work. Pumping the water. Carrying it to the house. Heating it. Goode's delicate illustrations accompany the text of this story perfectly. If Rylant says that the proprietors of the local store (Mr. & Mrs. Crawford) were identical, then gosh darn it, the people look identical. And I especially adored the moment when the narrator's grandmother kills a big nasty snake in the woods. The next picture displays the narrator, her brother, and two other red-headed childred posing sheepishly for a traveling photographer, gigantic dead snake draped across their heads.
I cannot think of many other book that take place in Appalachia. And I certainly can't think of any that are better than this. A sweet good-hearted story, "When I Was Young In the Mountains" understands what it meant to live a difficult life with pleasure and human warmth.
Diane Goode's softly colored illustrations beautifully dovetail with the text, whether she's showing a river baptism, a nighttime trip to the "johnny-house" after too much fried okra, or a stint at the water pump. It's a lovely ode to the simple life, and to being happy with what you have instead of worrying about what you don't have.
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Great story, tender, respectful of the mountain culture and a delight. Loved the story and illustrations. - NC mountain nativePublished 3 months ago by M L.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book for a long time. It reminds me so much of days gone by. It is a definite plus for any school collection of the southern mountain life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by E. Ervin
very sweet story about the author's (Cynthia Rylant) childhood, a gem.Bought it for our 105 year old GrandmaPublished 9 months ago by tracy b
The story line is engaging for a young child.
This book is recommended reading for my child's Gifted & Talented program. Read more