"My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George Children's Book Review: A Great Kids Book For Summer Reading List
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What Book Would I Keep If I Was Only Allowed To Keep One Book?
My choice would be "My Side of the Mountain", by author Jean Craighead George. This is the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Sam Gribley who lives in New York and wants to run away. He plots his adventure and heads up into the Catskills Mountains of Upstate New York.
This was my favorite book as a child and I still have my original copy! If I was told that there was only one book that I could keep, this would be the one.
The story starts off with Sam upset with his family life and the desire to run away to be free. He gathers his things and takes off into the Catskill Mountains, a rugged place with constantly changing weather. Will Sam survive the brutal winter?
If so, he will need to learn a lot about the weather, hunters, wild animals and how to gather food and keep it. He will battle loss and hardship, issues with shelter from the elements and there is no shortage of surprises hiding around every corner in this book!
About The Author
Jean Craighead George is an American author, born July 2, 1919 and currently resides in New York. This author has published over 100 Children's and Young Adult books and has won several medals and honors, including the "Newbery Medal". George has also written a Cooking Guide and an Autobiography, "Journey Inward".
Some of her Best Sellers include:
- A 13 Book Series, the "Moon" series between 1967-1969. The series is a picture book series illustrated by the author. This series was re-published as a new edition (1991-1993)
- A 3 Book "Mountain" Series including, "My Side of the Mountain" (1959), "On The Far Side of the Mountain" (1990), and "Frightful's Mountain" (1999)
- "Pocket Guide to the Outdoors: Based On My Side of the Mountain" (2009)
- Many, Many other titles! Check out the author's Website!
This Is the Book I Would Choose...
As the question stated asked what book we would keep if we could only keep one, "My Side of the Mountain" would be my choice. It is one of those books, although written for children, is fun to read at any age and is hard to put down.
I liked this book because it suits my adventurous personality. The book explores trial and error, loss, love, survival, loneliness and many other important issues that young children experience. I would definitely recommend this book to all school aged children who like adventure. This is by far my favorite book and I am looking forward to rereading it and reading the 2 other sequels to follow!
The Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York
This is where Sam Gribley runs away to in the book, "My Side of the Mountain", by Jean Craighead George.
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