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My Side of the Mountain

George, Jean Craighead (Book - 1988)
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My Side of the Mountain
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A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.
Authors: George, Jean Craighead, 1919-2012
Title: My side of the mountain
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c1988
Characteristics: xii, 177 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: written and illustrated by Jean Craighead George
Notes: Original edition: 38th printing--T.p. verso
Contents: I hole up in a snowstorm
I get started on this venture
I find Gribley's farm
I find many useful plants
The old, old tree
I meet one of my own kind and have a terrible time getting away
King's provider
What I did about the first man who was after me
I learn to season my food
How a door came to me
Frightful learns her ABC's
I find a real live man
Autumn provides food and loneliness
We all learn about Halloween
I find out what to do with hunters
Trouble begins
I pile up wood and go on with winter
I learn about birds and people
I have a good look at Winter and find Spring in the snow
Spring in the Winter and the beginning of my story's end
I cooperate with the ending
City comes to me
Summary: A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Honor Book award
ISBN: 0525463461
9780525463467
Branch Call Number: j GEORGE 1988
Subject Headings: Self-reliance Juvenile fiction Mountain life Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Self-reliance
Mountain life
LCCN: 87027556
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A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

Have you ever dreamed of running away from home? Could you survive on your own in the wilderness if you did? Can Sam?

If you embraced this book as a kid, chances are you gre up to be a DIYer, hiker and wilderness enthusiast.

A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.


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This is such a great book. I loved it. It shows how you can survive in the wild without relying on others to do things for you. I recommend this to others.

Jul 14, 2014
  • blue_rabbit_229 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing book with a great plot and events, it kept me staying wanting just five more minutes to keep reading at night and waking up just too early to read it in the morning!

Feb 25, 2014
  • Mark_Daly rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was one of my childhood favorites. When I recently re-read it, I found Sam Gribley and his preturnatural competence as an outdoorsman rather off-putting. He seemed glib, almost smug in his confidence. Around page 50, however, the scale of his ambitions -- tame a wild animal? Survive an entire winter? -- swept me up again. For kids who enjoy the solitary indoor pleasures of reading, this tale of living a solitary life out of doors is gripping and thrilling.

Jun 17, 2013
  • blueroo276 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Though the narrative is slower than most of the other books they read, my nine-year-old sons are absolutely enthralled with this book! (It's our current family read-aloud.) It's very well-written, definitely a "classic," and I highly recommend it, especially for boys.

Apr 14, 2013
  • sgaron rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book. I have read it more than 8 times and it is still amazing. My favorite book when I was in grades two through five.

Oct 01, 2012
  • unbalancedbutfair rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A truly great book. One of my favorite books from when I was a boy. I read this alongside "Robinson Crusoe" and "The Mysterious Island" and it still holds it own alongside those books in my mind. A great book for a learning, growing boy or girl.

Aug 11, 2012
  • Green_Panda_46 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing book. I've already read it over 15 times in the period of my life and I still can't get enough of it!

Jul 26, 2012
  • saidahor rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a great book

Apr 27, 2012
  • 22950005374210 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

amazing could reed it 100000000000000000000000000times

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