When I Was Young in the Mountains

When I Was Young in the Mountains

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When I was young in the mountains, Grandfather came home in the evening covered with the black dust of a coal mine. Only his lips were clean, and he used them to kiss the top of my head. Growing up in the mountains was special. Grandmother made hot corn bread and fried okra. There were trips to the swimming hole and Crawford's store. Each pleasure was one to share - and remember. And each is part of a gentle story, illuminated with perceptively happy paintings, that evokes the love of a way of life, of a family, and most of all, of a place.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 192 x 248 x 4mm | 117.93g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • colour illustrations
  • 0140548750
  • 9780140548754
  • 100,998

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"Rylant delights in the simple joys of living with her grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains: fresh cornbread, the swimming hole, bathing in the tin tub, snakes, and the community church. Surrounding all of these memories is the loving relationship with her grandparents. Warmly rendered illustrations complement the lyrical text."--School Library Journal "An evocative remembrance of the simple pleasures in country living; splashing in the swimming hole, taking baths in the kitchen, sharing family times, each is eloquently portrayed here in both the misty-hued scenes and in the poetic text."--Association for Childhood Education International "show more

About Cynthia Rylant

Cynthia Rylant is an author and librarian who has written more than 100children's books, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Several of her books have won awards, including her novelMissing May, which won the 1993Newbery Medal, andA Fine White Dustwhich was a 1987Newbery Honorbook, and two of her books areCaldecott Honor Books. Diane Goode has illustrated over 50 beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including the New York Times best seller, Founding Mothers and the Caldecott Honor Book, When I Was Young in the Mountains."show more

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