When I Was Young in the Mountains

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"An evocative remembrance of the simple pleasures in country living; splashing in the swimming hole, taking baths in the kitchen, sharing family times, each is eloquently portrayed here in both the misty-hued scenes and in the poetic text."
-Association for Childhood Education International

Caldecott Honor Book.

Reminiscences of the pleasures of life in the mountains as a child.

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Overview


"An evocative remembrance of the simple pleasures in country living; splashing in the swimming hole, taking baths in the kitchen, sharing family times, each is eloquently portrayed here in both the misty-hued scenes and in the poetic text."
-Association for Childhood Education International

Caldecott Honor Book.

Reminiscences of the pleasures of life in the mountains as a child.

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Publishers Weekly
When I was young in the mountains, Grandfather came home in the evening covered with the black dust of the coal mine. Now, Cynthia Rylant's When I Was Young in the Mountains, illus. by Diane Goode, a Caldecott Honor book, returns in a 20th-anniversary edition wrapped with a copper-colored commemorative band. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140548754
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 47,370
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.81 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author


As a child, Diane Goode loved books and art. She has been drawing ever since she can remember. Of Italian and French descent, she enjoyed the richness of both cultures and traveled to Europe every summer visiting family as well as cathedrals and museums. She feels that these early impressions helped shape her appreciation of art and life. She studied art history at Queens College, but switched to fine arts, in which she earned her degree.

Her love for Europe shows in the setting of many of her books Paris in particular, where two of her recent picture books, Where's Our Mama? and Mama's Perfect Present. take place. She drew on her experience of living for a short time in Pennsylvania, to do the art work for Cynthia Rylant's story of Appalachia, When I Was Young in the Mountains, for which she was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal. Diane Goode has illustrated 27 books for children, including anthologies and stories she has written herself. She has always been drawn to the classics and has illustrated many of the traditional fairy tales. Of her process, she says:

"I always begin with a rough dummy and then work on the individual pages, sketching very loosely and quickly to establish movement and composition. I do these dozens of times, repositioning enlarging, reducing, adding and omitting. There are always hundreds of sketches for each book. It sounds tedious, but it is the most exciting part of creating a book. When I m satisfied with these, I do the final art. All of my work is done on opaline parchment, a thin but strong paper. I sketch lightly in pencil and use water colors applied with very fine sable brushes. Sometimes I use color pencils with the paint to soften the atmosphere."

Diane Goode now lives in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband David, an author and college professor. Their son, Peter, attends Rhode Island School of Design.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    'A Reflection of My Youth'

    When I was young in the Mountains is a wonderful picture book. It is a story dipicting life in the mountains of possibly eastern Kentucky. Judging by the grandfather being a coal miner, serving pinto beans, trips to the johnny-house and swims in the pond. This is all reminiscent of growing up in eastern Kentucky. I loved this book because it reminded me of my own childhood. Also, I think it is important to keep appalachian literature in order that children will not lose their heritage. I would highly recommend this book to teachers looking to fit appalachian culture into their core content area of reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Caldecott Honor Book: When I Was Young in the Mountains

    Do you ever miss the place where you grew up? In this heart-felt story, Cynthia Rylant reflects on the days when she was young in the mountains. She remembers her grandfather coming home black from the coal mines. She remembers what her grandmother would cook. She also talks of the fun they had. ¿ The swimming hole was dark and muddy, and we sometimes saw snakes, but we jumped in anyway.¿ Also, she talks of how she never wanted to go anywhere else. ¿I never wanted to go anywhere else in the world, for I was in the mountains. And that was always enough.¿ This is Cynthia Rylant¿s first book, and it is based on her own life experiences. She has written other books on the mountains. The illustrator, Diane Goode, uses pictures that enhance the story, making the story come to life. Rylant, Cynthia. When I Was Young in the Mountains. New York: Penguin Books, 1982. Reading level: Ages 4-8

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    A Great Book

    Every longed to go back to the ¿Good Ole Days¿ that your parents and grandparents always talk about? Well now you can get a small glimpse of that time through this wonderful book written by Cynthia Rylant. This book is all about a little girl recalling what all she used to do when she was young in the mountains. She recalls everything from her grandfather coming home from the coal mines, late night trips to the ¿johnny house¿, to pumping water out of the well. Children will love this book as they read about the many experiences that this young girl had with her family in the mountains. This is a heart-warming story of a girl¿s love for the things she does and for her beautiful home in the mountains. The author of this book Cythnia Rylant was born in Virginia. Her book, When I Was Young In The Mountains, was the first book that she wrote and it was based on her real-life, while she was living in the mountains of West Virginia with her grandparents while her mother was attending nursing school. Like in the book, Ms. Rylant also only enjoyed the simple things in life while living there with no running water or electricity. Her real life and her younger years she has said has had a great influence on her writing. She is an extremely strong writer and captures the Appalachian life in a positive light.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    College Review for Class

    How would you like to read a book that makes you feel sad and happy at the same time? Well, I just did. The name of this children¿s fiction book is When I was Young in the Mountains which was a 1982 Caldecott Honor book. This book is about a little girl who lives in the mountains with her grandparents. When I was young in the mountains, grandfather would come home in the evening covered with the black dust of a coal mine. Only his lips were clean, and he used them to kiss the top of my head. When I was young in the mountains, the swimming hole was dark and muddy, and we sometimes saw snakes, but¿¿.. Read the rest of this wonderful book written by Cynthia Rylant who was born in Hopewell, Virginia. Her parents divorced when she was young, Rylant is her mother¿s maiden name. She wrote about her life living with her grandparents until she was eight years old. Her grandfather¿s words of advice, ¿Always do the best you can with what you¿ve got.¿ For twenty years Cynthis Rylant¿s story of childhood in the Appalachian Mountains has been an enduring favorite. Other books you will enjoy reading by this author are: Appalachia The Voices of Sleeping Birds, Miss Maggie and Missing May. Rylant Cynthia, When I was Young in the Mountains. New York: Penguin Young Readers Group, 1993

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2006

    Mountain Lovers Enjoy!!

    Rylant, Cynthia. When I Was Young in the Mountains. New York: Dutton Children¿s Books 1982. Illustrated by Diane Goode. When I Was Young in the Mountains is a heart warming reflection of life in the Appalachian Mountains. A young woman remembers situations which took place when she was ¿young¿ for instance she recalls, ¿The swimming hole was dark and muddy, and we sometimes saw snakes, but we jumped in anyway.¿ This illustrates the fond memories of fun and brave times of her youth. The young girl truly loved growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. She says, ¿I never wanted to go anywhere else in the world, for I was in the mountains.¿ This is a wonderful Caldecott Honor book about the relationship between a girl and the place she called home. This is a terrific story to share with your children. This is Cynthia Rylant¿s first book. It is written from the perspective of an adult reflecting on her childhood memories. The beautiful illustrations, by Diane Goode, clearly outline the story, almost bringing it to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    I wanted to...

    I wanted to like this book. I wanted to LOVE this book. But there were a few pages that I just want to glue together and forget about (namely, the snake and the school picture).

    I loved the idea of this book. But the execution of some of those pages? Not so much.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Memories of the past

    My grandmother grew up in the backwoods of Virginia, and a lot of the parts of this book are from her childhood. If you have family who lived in the backwoods, you will completely understand this book-it is great for the images, and it really teaches about the people who lived in the mountains in West Virginia and Virginia in what is known as the Sticks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    Hard working yet happy folks

    Even though these characters are very hard-working people, they find time to spend together and make the best of life. Then again, if one spends the entire week working, the time that they have off is that much more special because it's far and few between.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2007

    When I was Young in the Mountains

    When I was Young in the Mountains is a great Appalachian story set back in a time when there wasn¿t any plumbing and life was more simplistic. It is told from a little girl¿s point-of-view of living with her grandparents in the mountains. She talks about going to ¿the johnny-house¿ late at night, ¿the swimming hole was dark and muddy and sometimes we saw snakes but jumped in anyway¿. She also tells about pumping water from a well and ¿heated the water to fill round tin tubs for our baths.¿ In the end, it seems like she is an older woman telling her story of simple Appalachian life as a little girl. Read to find out how life was different for her then and how it is now. Cynthia Rylant was born in Virginia. This was the first book that she wrote. It is based on her real-life, whiled she was living in the mountains of West Virginia with her grandparents while her mother was attending nursing school. She was like the character in the book and liked simple things in life while living there with no running water or electricity. Her real life and her younger years she said had a great influence on her writing. She is a great writer and expresses the Appalachian life in a positive manner.

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