©1999 Jean Craighead George; (P)2007 Penguin Group USA
"An extraordinary book...it will be read year after year." (The Horn Book)
I like to have a book my 11-year-old son and I can share during drives. We listen to many classics on road trips or even just commutes to school and work.
I remember reading My Side of the Mountain as a boy and when I came across it in Audible, I knew it would be perfect for our drive time.
And it was, he seemed to truly enjoy it and I was taken back to my childhood as well. Is this great literature? hardly.. is it always accurate? no.. but it is still a good children's book and not so bad for an adult either.
I first checked this book out of my school library in 1961. I was a 10 year old book worm from a dysfunctional alcoholic family who wanted to run away from them all and have total control of my life. I knew I couldn't do so, but did I ever enjoy reading about how Sam did it - and how, in the end, he realized he needed people in his life, too.
Say something about yourself!
I grew up LOVING this book. I was so thrilled to find it in audio before going on a car trip. The kids really enjoyed it and asked lots of great questions. We had to keep pausing to discuss the story, the setting, why the boy was doing what he was doing, etc.
This was my first experiment sharing an audio book with the kids. I'm so glad I did. What a classic to start with!
If you don't know anything about this book, it was a great book for kids to fantasize about back in the day... running away from it all and living off the land. As an adult that is way too plugged in, this is a great fantasy now, but where would I plug my charger? I wonder if there is cell signal on the mountain?
Chris, mom to Alex (born 2002). Audible account is for him, reviewing on his behalf. He's a fan of star wars, legos, cub scouts and now reading.
10 y.o. boy (ADD and dyslexic) read at his 4th grade teachers recommendation, immediately after finishing 'Hatchet'. Did NOT like it - no danger, the cartoon-ish Disney-like "everything was easy" did not ring true. He then wrote a paper comparing the 2 books (which was very successful).
Mom: He isn't wrong in his assessment of "this just sounds too happy happy joy joy".
The novel was excellent; however, the reader was not very good. The story has a first person narration. The central character is an adolescent boy. However, the narrator doesn't sound like a teenage boy but rather like an adult reading to a child. This detracted from the listen.
I am incredibly disappointed in the fact that this is NOT the version that is read by Jeff Woodman. It's my own fault for not listening to the sample, but, all the same, when I heard that other voice reading for Sam Gribley, my heart sunk. Please purchase with caution, as the Jeff Woodman version is FAR superior. I don't know why this version even exists.
I read this book as a child and it instilled a desire in my heart to learn as much about nature and living off the land as I possibly could. This story impacted my life in such a positive way and it's effects have influenced many of my choices as well. I am now sharing this story with my grand children and I am happy that they love it just as much as I did back when I was a kid. Thanks for making it an audio book. The narrator did a wonderful job of keeping his intonations from being monotone as some of them do. No problem keeping the kids interested in continuous listening. In fact, they are completely enthralled and want to listen to it over and over again.
Of course my favorite is Sam Gribley but his Peregrine Falcon is a close second. Sam is a very mature and intelligent young man who faces his fears and overcomes his challenges. He is the kind of person that anyone could look up to and admire. I'm glad he was my childhood hero and I hope that he will also be my Grand daughters hero too.
This is the first time I have listened to a story that he has narrated. I thought his voice is very calm and easy to listen to. He brings life to Sam and makes it easy to feel the characters emotions and to visualize the surroundings and the things that are happening in the story.
I listened to this story with my Grand daughter and I felt just like I did as a child when I read the book myself. I love the end of the story when his family comes and he gets so excited to see them all again. That part brings out a lot of emotion in me because you just know it's time for him to go home and your not sure you want him to give up his tree home.
This book is one of those that if a child reads it they will find so many things to learn but they will enjoy the story so much they won't even realize they are getting a lesson in nature until years later when they recall all the things they know about Falcons and Algae and living in the woods.
I remember reading this book in gradeschool and remember how much I enjoyed it. I decided to download and listen to this book as an adult. I remembered so much about the story, and was surprised at the few things I had forgotten. It is definitely geared for a child, but worth listening to at any age.
This book is currently unavailable in audiobooks. Although, one of my favorites! This book encouraged me to know, that nothing that is impossible.
How the young man 'stood-up' for himself, with the passionate desire to live/survive on his own.
No I haven't, though, I will. This author evolves the reader from the first page.
Hoping, other books by Christian Rummel are available at Audible and "My Side of the Mountain" to be available soon.
Adventure - Resourcefulness - Ingenuity
The winter scene when the ice storm drapes the mountain was fascinating to read about.
This book is made for now. We all need to understand that we can and should know how to survive on our own. It therefore is an inspiring read.
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