Growing up in a Holler in the Mountains

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A colorful look at what life is like for Joseph and his sister, growing up in Stephens Branch, Kentucky, in the Appalachian Mountains, where his family has lived for 200 years.

Presents a description of contemporary life in the Appalachian Region of Kentucky while focusing on the home and activities of ten-year-old Joseph Ratliff and his family.

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New York, NY 1997 Hard cover New. Library binding. Paper over boards. 64 p. Contains: Illustrations. Growing Up in America. Audience: Children/juvenile.

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A colorful look at what life is like for Joseph and his sister, growing up in Stephens Branch, Kentucky, in the Appalachian Mountains, where his family has lived for 200 years.

Presents a description of contemporary life in the Appalachian Region of Kentucky while focusing on the home and activities of ten-year-old Joseph Ratliff and his family.

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Gr 4-7Gravelle seeks to introduce readers to a cultural group through the depiction of one child. Inevitably, both the culture and the individual's life are glossed over in so brief an overview, and each book becomes little more than a collection of generalities. In Growing Up in a Holler, readers meet 10-year-old Joseph and his family, who live in eastern Tennessee. Where the Partridge Drums introduces 10-year-old David and his cousin Chantelle, who live on a Mohawk reservation straddling the New York/Ontario border. The grainy full-color photos and crowded texts, which combine narrative about the particular family with sidebars of cultural information, fail to capture either Appalachian or Mohawk culture and result in confusion. There is a need for current nonfiction books about children in the various cultures that make up modern-day America: however, a gap stuffed with filler books still remains a holler.Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531114520
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Series: Growing up in America Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.23 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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