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When I Was Young in the Mountains

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When I Was Young in the Mountains

When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

From For twenty years, Cynthia Rylant's story of childhood in the Appalachian Mountains has been an enduring favorite. Growing up in the mountains is depicted with a spare, lyrical text and beautiful, tender illustrations by Diane Goode. The book was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal.

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✒️ Author & illustrator

Author: Cynthia Rylant

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Illustrator: Diane Goode

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Why are we featuring this book?

When I Was Young in the Mountains is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for When I Was Young in the Mountains. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

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