My Side of the Mountain ePub Ë 192 pages » Jean Craighead George

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My Side of the Mountain ePub Ë 192 pages » Jean Craighead George » Every kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York There he sets uEvery kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York There he sets up house in a huge hollowed out tree with a falcon and a weasel for companions and his wits as his tool for survival In a spellbinding touching funny account Sam learns to live off the land and grows u People this book was written in the late 50s and things were a bit different back then Trying to place it in the now does not work Yes there are many unbelievable parts but it is a children's fiction book not a survival guide This charming story brings me back to my youth and reading other George books Escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life is something many of us imagine for a time I know I did judging from journals from when I was young Thinking it is bad or stupid because of its implausibilities means you have lost your imagination and probably have no idea what some kids think about perhaps it should not be forced on kids to read in school but classics that won awards are always fair game If you don't like them write a new story that will get awards And if you can't then don't complain The Newbery et al selection committee is awesome and well ualified and does an awesome job finding the top books out of hundreds or thousands published a yearSorry for the rant This book is lovely and accessible to many Keep when it was written in context and you should enjoy the day to day life of surviving on a mountain

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P a little in the process Blizzards hunters loneliness and fear all battle to drive Sam back to city life But his desire for freedom independence and adventure is stronger No reader will be immune to the compulsion to go right out and start whittling fishhooks and befriending raccoons Jean Craighead George author of than 80 children's books including the Newbery Medal winning Julie of the Wolves created another prizewinner with My Side I think the best thing a survivalism book can do is help to redefine your connection to the natural world and your reliance on the human Unfortunately even reading this book as a child I found it to be too fantastical to be entirely enjoyable Though George trades in Paulsen's vomit for pleasant fancy this book at once made me want to go out and live such a free life and convinced me that such a thing would be impossibleI read many such books as a child and also experienced in television and film the way that life was supposed to surprise you with a sudden adventure So I took long walks I wandered the woods alone I called for spirits in the river I searched the earth for baby falcons to raise But I never found that magical friend that spirit that strange and mystical adventure Hell I never even found anyone interesting to talk toThe sad thing is that I still search still look and hope and every time two lifelong friends meet by chance at a brook I feel betrayed The fantasy of art has even in its most minute dimensions been betrayed by sallow mundanitySo it seems again I fall to the doom of loving and hating books Loving the world they represent but hate failing to find it

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My Side of the MountainOf the Mountain a Newbery Honor Book an ALA Notable Book and a Hans Christian Andersen Award Honor Book Astonishingly she wrote its seuel On the Far Side of the Mountain 30 years later and a decade after that penned the final book in the trilogy Frightful's Mountain told from the falcon's point of view George has no doubt shaped generations of young readers with her outdoor adventures of the mind and spirit Ages 9 to 12 Emilie Coulter Everything was white clean shining and beautiful The sky was blue blue blue The hemlock grove was laced with snow the meadow was smooth and white and the gorge was sparkling with ice It was so beautiful and peaceful that I laughed out loud I guess I laughed because my first snowstorm was over and it had not been so terrible after all My Side of the Mountain written by Jean Craighead George in 1959 is a survivalist story about a boy who runs away from home to live in the Catskill Mountains and he not only survives but thrives in the wilderness The story begins with Sam Gribley already in the mountains preparing his humble tree abode for the first snowstorm He discusses in detail some of the challenges he's faced so far and his fear of the storm and not knowing what will happen after Then gradually he talks about his life in New York his family and how he came to the CatskillsIt's not hard to see why this book won so many literary awards and has been a staple on reading lists for children ever since it was published The writing is clear and descriptive the adventures are fun and fascinating Sam is a likable character who adapts easily to the wilderness and various supporting characters are hilarious They add much needed comedic relief to Sam's narrationThis book was and still is a very special book to me It introduced me to the beauty of the natural world and made me appreciate nature and wildlife I had only seen the Catskills in pictures at that point but Jean Craighead George’s sweeping descriptions breathed life into those mountains The sky and trees and streams and even the grass came to life right before my eyes and everything about the wilderness was just so beautiful so full of color and lifeReview at