[ Free Textbooks ] My Side of the Mountain Author Jean Craighead George – Intimatenights.co.uk
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 goingall the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York There he sets up house in a huge hollowedout 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 up 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 raccoonsJean Craighead George, author of thanchildren's books, including the Newbery Medalwinning Julie of the Wolves, created another prizewinner with My Side of the Mountaina Newbery Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and a Hans Christian Andersen Award Honor Book Astonishingly, she wrote its sequel, On the Far Side of the Mountain,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 AgestoEmilie Coulter I saw the movie as a kid in school, but I never read this book I remember liking this story of the movie Reading this as an adult is a bit of a weird experience I know Jean wanted to make it possible for Sam to be able to live in the woods for a year, but let's face it, what parent or parents are going to let their kid run away and not try and find them It's 4 months before the father comes looking to make sure he at least wouldn't freeze to death and have food The mother doesn't do anything, call the police, freak out, nothing It is not really a very natural experience I can see the story from a kids perspective as exciting and great, but the parents should have hunted him down way soon to know that he even could live off the land without starving Another thing, for a 12 or 13 year old boy, he really knows how to cook on a professional level He is using advanced techniques and he knows all the wild edibles which I could see he learns that How did he learn all these plants in NYC? Simply from a book?During the preface we learn this is Jean's wish fulfillment story from her childhood of actually running away It's too bad she couldn't have made the character a girl back in the 50s, but I think she was afraid girls wouldn't want to read that, or boys either.I could set all these thought down and I really was engrossed in this little story of surviving in the woods on your wits It was lovely and I loved frightful and Baron It was a charming story, but how she got there and some other pieces of the story didn't work I can still really enjoy this There are amazing tips for surviving in the wilderness and I hope I remember them You can eat cattails if you cook them and if you catch a tiny fish, you can use the intestines to catch bigger fish Those are my big lessons that stand out.I'm glad I have now read the book and I want to read the other 2 books in the series. on the other side of the hatchet/island of the blue dolphins spectrum is this book it's not about the necessity of living in the wilderness, butof a babywalden choosing to live in the woods, with the pompous philosophy stripped away it's exciting to learn about the ways people can compensate for the privations this kind of living imposes, but knowing he can, say, go to the library any time he wants to kind of undermines any tension this book could have it's a fun read, and has several useful facts and things to remember like proper ventilation when you are living in a tree trunk, and i can see how little boys would totally dig it but what's with that ending?? i just say no to that.come to my blog! Hey Folks! This one's for kids You were expecting Muir? 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 Catskills.It'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 narration.This 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 life.Review at 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 impossible.I 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 to.The 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 mundanity.So it seems again I fall to the doom of loving and hating books Loving the world they represent, but hate failing to find it. i really enjoyed this book this young boy goes out on his own and uses his skill to survive what i really liked is the fact that he WANTED to, where as, most books, he would have been lost, or forgotten and if you liked this,you should read hatchet I read this book several times in elementary school I lived and died on the advice of the school's librarian, and she had convinced me to read every Newberry award winner in the library I felt like I was reading something important every time I did Who doesn't want to run away sometime in their life? That's not the aspect of the book that most drew me, but what a great a way to start the story I doubt I had many survival skills under my belt when I read the book, but heaven knows I wished I did I was fascinated with the detailed accounts of traps and living in a tree, becoming a falconer and eating wild plants Plus, he does it all on his ownno adults allowed 4th6th grade 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 qualified and does an awesome job finding the top books out of hundreds or thousands published a year.Sorry 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. ***Wanda’s Summer Carnival of Children’s Literature***This was one on my favourite novels as a youngster and it was a pleasure to revisit it It is a completely unrealistic fantasy about a young boy who runs away to the ancestral land in the Catskills mountains and who proceeds to learn how to live off the land for a whole year.First let’s point out the obviously unreasonable plot points—a young boy runs away from a large New York family and no one comes after him Not until Christmas, several months into the adventure, does his father show up to see what he’s doing Adults along the way help him to get there and keep his secret instead of turning him in No matter how successful his venture, they should have been intent on returning him to his family and getting him back in school Sam is very much a Gary Stu character He is able to train a falcon by reading about it in a book, seems to be surrounded by careless hunters who helpfully “lose” deer that they have shot, and hasof a taste for cat tail roots and flower bulbs than most young men of my acquaintance.Despite all of those fantasy elements (or maybe because of them) I really got into this book as a kid I loved the idea of living in a tree, of having a falcon as a companion, learning to live with friendly racoons and weasels I was a farm child, so I could at least experience the local wildlife (weasels, ground squirrels, hares) somewhat like Sam, and that was enough for me This book really spoke to my early love of nature I don’t think I ever thought of it as a “how to” guide, I recognized the fantasy aspect (And I think that most children do recognize the fantastic elements of things, whether adults give them credit for it or not).