When I Was Young in the Mountains (Reading Rainbow Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-28 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 77 user ratings

" Millenials, as well as people from the generation below, have not experienced how the characters in this book lived. The little girl in this book discusses the gender roles of the men and women in her town stating that the men worked while the women were at home cooking and cleaning. The family values are very old fashioned with a very country feeling surrounding the whole book. It is a good read for students to learn about different communities and families that are different from their own. " said.

"This book reminds me so much of Laura Ingalls Wilder's writings. As I read this book, I think of stories my own grandmother told me about her childhood. Some of the story reminds me of my childhood at my grandma and grandpa's house. The corn bread and fried okra on the table - oh yeah, that's my grandma! The cocoa cooking on the stove, the porch swing, the sounds of nature - all of these remind me of my grandma's house.

I loved this book. I love Cynthia Rylant's writing style. I've read some of her books about Laura Ingalls Wilder, so I'm sure she is a Laura Fan, too!

This would be a good story to introduce younger grades to historical fiction. Much could be discussed about the progress our society has made materially. It could also be used with upper elementary grades to discuss how sometimes we leave important things behind in the process of progress.
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"This book is a story about how life was for a young girl growing up in the mountains. Some of the things that she did was get Baptized in a watering hole, pump water from a well, and having to kill a snake with a hoe. I can relate to this book because I grew up in the mountains and I have done many of the things that this character has done throughout the book.

The book had beautiful illustrations and the font was good for the targeted audience. I think this would be good for around 1st-2nd grade because of the way that the sentences are written.

I would use this as a way to introduce comparing and contrasting with a venn diagram. I would talk about how life was for the character and students can give examples about how life is different now and also how they might have some similarities. For example, I have running water vs the character having to pump her water but I was Baptized in a creek like the main character.
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"Reading this (library book, chosen for its cover) on the heels of J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy, was pure serendipity. Based on the author's life, this is a gentle story of a little girl being raised by her coal-mining Grandfather and her okra-frying Grandmother. [Okay, I was dismayed that Rylant didn't use the Appalachian terms, Papaw and Mamaw.]

There is a warm, Little House in the Big Woods feel, but always with an hillbilly twist. For instance, Grandmother threatens a black snake with a hoe (like something Ma Ingalls would do); the next page, they have a photograph taken with the dead snake draped across their necks!

The story is straightforward, describing life without plumbing and electricity without a whiff of self-pity. A discerning adult would sniff poverty but a child only smells hot cocoa from the woodstove. I appreciated the sense of contentment without syrupy sentimentality.

Diane Good's illustrations are warm and inviting. My only complaint is that the illustrations look late eighteenth century instead of mid-twentieth (when the author was born).
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" Very sweet children's book about life growing up in Appalachia. " said.

" This book evokes memories of times gone by in a very poetic manner. It is almost soothing in its repetition of the phrase, "When I was young in the mountains." It invites the reader to appreciate the past and the illustrations help us experience it. " said.

" Any children's story by Rylant is a must-read. This may be my favorite because of it's authenticity to the spirit of the Appalachian people. I love the humorous and gentle art and the sentimental but not sappy writing. Very, very good book. " said.

" Sweet, gentle, and wholesome. Could work as an introduction to the Little House books. "When I was young in the mountains,I never wanted to go to the ocean, and I neverwanted to go to the desert. I never wantedto go anywhere else in the world, for I wasin the mountains. And that was always enough." " said.

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