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When I Was Young in the Mountains (Reading Rainbow Books) 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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This story was awarded the 1983 Caldecott Honor Medal for its beautiful illustrations. This story is told by a girl, maybe eight or ten years old, who lives with her brother,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wilma Rodz
We found this book at a doctor's office and quickly added it to our prime cart. It is beautifully written and keeps both parents and children engaged- no small feat!Published 4 months ago by blewis
This book would be appropriate for some sections of the country but not the WESTPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful look at life as I grew up and to a degree still live today. My girls loved it and now my granddaughter is enjoying it. It is a pass down book in our family.Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth Carmo