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

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 77 user ratings

" a fun book about reminiscing. I like the wally things that she did that kids would not do now, like wear a dead snake around her neck. not fit all kids, but my brother's kids will enjoy it. " said.

" This story is reminiscent of what it was like for the author, when, as a child, she lived in the mountains of Virginia. The text is inviting and warm. The illustrations are soft and homey. " said.

" This is one I want to buy for my kids. " 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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"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.

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