Appalachian culture is rich in folklore that is just plain fun. Rhymes, Riddles and nonsense verse are presented in this wonderfully and whimsically illustrated book collected by a West Virginia farmer and folklorist.
Folk rhymes provide the quickest route to our past: we may not remember our first day of school, but we can remember the chants we repeated endlessly throughout our childhood: Granny will your dog bite, your hen peck, your rooster fight ...
Illustrated by Diane Goode
In this wonderful Reading Rainbow Book, author Cynthia Rylant, shares stories from her rich heritage growing up in Appalachia. Each page starts with “When I was Young In The Mountains” and shares aspects of daily life in this region of the USA.
Caldecott Honor Book!
"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
Written by Cynthia Rylant
After Summer’s mother dies, she didn’t fit in anywhere – until she came to live with her older Aunt May and Uncle Ob in their mountain community. Six years later, Summer is twelve and her Aunt May passes away leaving everyone feeling an incredible sense of loss. How do they discover that May will always be a part of their lives and transform their world? This moving story is beautifully written and a gem for anyone who has experienced loss and found a way to overcome it while never forgetting the person that they treasured.
Suggested Reading Level: Ages 9 – 12
This critically acclaimed winner of the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award joins Scholastic's paperback line.
When May dies suddenly while gardening, Summer assumes she'll never see her beloved aunt again. But then Summer's Uncle Ob claims that May is on her way back--she has sent a sign from the spirit world.
Summer isn't sure she believes in the spirit world, but her quirky classmate Cletus Underwood--who befriends Ob during his time of mourning--does. So at Cletus' suggestion, Ob and Summer (with Cletus in tow) set off in search of Miriam B. Young, Small Medium at Large, whom they hope will explain May's departure and confirm her possible return.