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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-25 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 77 user ratings
ISBN:0140548750
LANGUAGE:English

" 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.

" This book won Caldecott Honors for its illustrations by Diane Goode (of dubious renown for her Betsy high school books), but it is the luminous text by Cynthia Rylant that is outstanding. A poetic, nostalgic view of what it was like for the author to live with her grandparents in a coal mining region in the mountains of West Virginia. " said.

" Cynthia Rylant is a wonderful author. She tells about living in the mountains without modern conveniences - about going to the outhouse & other scary things like snakes in the swimming hole. My mom lived her childhood in the mountains too, not Appalachia, but the western Rockies. She has few pleasant memories of her younger life. I like this book because of it's realism. " said.

" Cynthia Rylant's fictional memoir is simple and sweet, recalling all the reasons she loved living in the Appalachian mountains as a child. Apparently, they also lived very simply, without a lot of modern conveniences. Diane Goode's illustrations are simple and sweet as well, and each illustration ably depicts what is in the text, as well as a few details that are not mentioned. The people's faces are very expressive as well. " said.

" Wow. Cynthia Rylant's first book. She has written quite a few of them, too. I knew from the first page that this book was based on not just a life in the mountains, but a life in the beautiful Applachians (aka WV). The book is based on the author's memories of her time spent with her grandparents in the mountains. It's a reminder of the old, nice, slow, easy-going ways of some of the mountain folks. If only all of it could be that idealistic still. " said.

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