Amber on the Mountain

Amber on the Mountain

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by Tony Johnston, Robert A. Duncan
     
 

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Amber's mountain is beautiful, but it is a lonely place-until the day Anna arrives, bringing both her friendship and the will to teach Amber how to read. Suddenly, Amber's world is filled with a new magic-and new challenges. But when Anna returns to the city, will Amber be able to keep reading on her own-Heartwarming.? — Publishers Weekly, starred

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Amber's mountain is beautiful, but it is a lonely place-until the day Anna arrives, bringing both her friendship and the will to teach Amber how to read. Suddenly, Amber's world is filled with a new magic-and new challenges. But when Anna returns to the city, will Amber be able to keep reading on her own-Heartwarming.? — Publishers Weekly, starred reviewTony Johnston's previous books include Grandpa's Song and Yonder (both Dial and Puffin). She lives in San Marino, California. Robert Duncan is a fine artist whose paintings have been exhi-bited throughout the United States. He lives in Midway, Utah.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An illiterate child in a mountain community learns to read and write. "Johnston knits this story together with recurring themes, lyrical images and picturesque and convincing dialogue," said PW in a starred review. Ages 4-8. (May)
Children's Literature - Emily Ferren
A warm and beautiful story about friendship and determination as told through the words of Amber, who lives on the mountain and meets Anna. Anna teaches her to read. Before Amber can learn to write, Anna and her family must leave the mountain. Amber perseveres and sends a letter to Anna, proving that friendship is never far away. 1998 (orig.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
"Daddy says you can do almost anything you fix your mind on. I've just fixed mine on teaching you to read." Amber learns to read with the help of Anna, her new friend. The girls "stuck to each other like burrs." Whether they were riding horses or quilting, they always had a book with them. The day that Amber actually reads is a day of joy. When Anna's family moves, we know that Amber will manage. Now she can write letters!
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A story about learning to read and write that doesn't quite work. Amber lives a solitary life high in the mountains. Then one day a man comes with a crew to build a road, bringing along his wife and daughter, Anna. She teaches Amber to read before the road is completed; Amber learns to write on her own so she can keep in touch after Anna's family leaves. The process of mastering these skills, while shown to be a slow one, seems to be one in which, as Anna says, you just, ``Set your whole self to the task.'' Johnston, who has used poetic language to great effect in previous books, seems to be straining to be descriptive here. One brief page of text, for example, is crammed with figurative language, some of which is cliched. She uses expressions that seem to evoke an Appalachian setting, a place where ``folks'' might ``roll clean off'' of a road; where people say ``hey'' to one another. Duncan's large, lush oil paintings unfortunately confuse the issues of time and place. While the frontispiece painting and the details of housing have an Appalachian look, the mountains have the sharp ridges of the Rockies. (The cover painting of the girls on a grassy hillside in front of imposing peaks even evokes strong images of Heidi.) While the setting includes no modern touches, the two children's wardrobes seem to be directly out of the current L.L. Bean catalog. Eve Bunting's The Wednesday Surprise (Clarion, 1989) and Florence Heide's The Day of Ahmed's Secret (Lothrop, 1990) do a better job of telling the literacy story.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140564082
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Series:
Picture Puffin Books Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
178,122
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Tony Johnston grew up in San Marino California. In her "spare time," Johnston has worked at a children's book store, taught a course on picture book writing at UCLA, and studied poetry writing for children with Myra Cohn Livingston. Although she has published nearly seventy-five books, Johnston never stops working. At this moment she is juggling about ten different story ideas. She is grateful for the many ideas that come to her, for the chance to work toward what has become her life goal—to be a good storyteller.

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Amber on the Mountain 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I read this book when I was in elementary school and continue to enjoy it to this day 'I'm now 24'. The story is precious and the pictures are BEAUTIFUL! This is a book that will definitely be included in my [future] daughter's library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book called 'Amber on the mountain'.I really liked this book because it tells how people helps each other. I recommend this book to people that really like to help others. When I read this book alot of ideas came in my head. This book reminds me of my country, El Salvador, when I use to read signs and I used to teach my friends how to say things. That's why I enjoyed this book.