Item description for When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant & Diane Goode...
Overview Whimsical illustrations and lilting text combine to portray the family life and simple pleasures of a girl growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, in this twentieth anniversary edition that comes with a commemorative copper-colored bellyband. Caldecott Honor Medal winner.
Publishers Description For twenty years, Cynthia Rylant's story of childhood in the Appalachian Mountains has been an enduring favorite. Growing up in the mountains is depicted with a spare, lyrical text and beautiful, tender illustrations by Diane Goode. The book was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal. To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, "When I Was Young in the Mountains" is being released with a commemorative copper-colored band.
Awards and Recognitions When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant & Diane Goode has received the following awards and recognitions -
Caldecott Medal - 1983 Honor Book - Picture Book category
Citations And Professional Reviews When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant & Diane Goode has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1506
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 704
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 731
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 687
PW Notes and Reprints - 04/29/2002 page 73
Publishers Weekly - 04/29/2002
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 994
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Studio: Dutton Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.4" Width: 7.98" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Mar 30, 1982
Publisher Penguin Group USA
ISBN 052542525X ISBN13 9780525425250
Availability 12 units. Availability accurate as of May 28, 2017 06:35.
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More About Cynthia Rylant & Diane Goode
As a child in West Virginia, Cynthia Rylant never dreamed of becoming a writer. In her free time, she devoured Archie comic books and paperback romances and enjoyed the outdoors. But after taking one college English class, she was, "hooked on great writing... I didn't know about this part of me until I went to college-didn't know I loved beautiful stories." And one night, inspired by the Southern writer James Agee, she sat down and wrote When I Was Young in the Mountains. Named a Caldecott Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, it was an instant success. Since that night, Rylant hasn't stopped creating wonderful books. Her stories explore friendship, love, grief, and other mysteries, and often draw on her memories of growing up in Appalachia. "I get a lot of personal gratification thinking of those people who don't get any attention in the world and making them really valuable in my fiction-making them absolutely shine with their beauty." She lives with her many pets in the Pacific Northwest.
Cynthia Rylant currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon. Cynthia Rylant was born in 1967.
Cynthia Rylant has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about When I Was Young in the Mountains?
LOVE THIS LITTLE BOOK. Nov 25, 2006
This work is rather realistic. For anyone who grew up in similiar surroundings, it brings on waves of nostalgia. Growing up in the Ozark Mountains was quite similar to the setting of this story. These were simpler times, for good and bad, and it is good that we have something like this to pass on to our children. The illustrations in this book are soft and wonderful. The text is quite to the point and quite readable and understandable. The book leaves much room for open discussion, although it helps a lot if you actually grew up in these conditions, when discussing it with the young ones. I find that the simple fact there there was no electricity, no T.V., no radios, no running water, etc. quite difficult for children to understand and grasp. This book helps a lot. Recommend this one highly.
A way to connect Aug 28, 2006
I read When I was young in the mountains, then took it to my father, who read it. Rylant is slightly older than me, but she grew up near where my dad was born and raised. My father said after reading that he'd pretty much grown up the same way. He left the poverty of Appalachia as a teenager via the poor man's college-- the service. I was born and raised in Utah. Books such as When I was young in the Mountains were a way for me to connect with a way of life I knew very little about, and I am very thankful for Rylant's work, especially since Dad died recently.
West Virginia Jun 23, 2006
Growing up in West Virginia myself, I relate to to this book. Although I'm now 20 and currently attending college, I still love to read it. It is something I plan to read to my children.
Memories of the Mountaina Mar 11, 2006
This book showed us what is best about the mountains and the traditions of those living in those mountains. It has been so easy for our society to stereotype Appalachian mountain people as ignorant, backwards hillbillies that it is refreshing to see a depiction that shows mountain people in a different light. The old ways are disappearing. So are the mountains. The Appalachian mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, containing one of the most diverse hardwood forests on earth. Mountain top coal removal, strip mining, and valley fills are destroying these mountains. Soon, the only way we will be able to show our children the beauty and wonder of these mountains will be through books and memories. "When I Was Young in the Mountains" will be a treasure in our house for generations. I encourage everyone to not only read this book, but also to support efforts to stop destructive, non-sustainable coal mining practices so we will be able to show our children and grandchildren more than just beautiful pictures of what once existed!
A way of life Aug 23, 2005
A poignant reminiscence of a way of life that has largely disappeared.