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My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
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Jun 10, 13

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I read this one a few winters ago, and I absolutely loved it! This book is my ultimate fantasy. I think it would be awesome living alone in the mountains, relying on your courage and ingenuity to survive--though I think it would be a lot more difficult to do it in real life than it apparently was for Sam. Though the book explains how Sam did a lot of research from books to learn his outdoor skills (again, a kid after my own heart), I think it would probably take a long time to practically master them. Sam figures out how to make pancake flour from acorns, and tan animal hides for clothing a little too easily, in my opinion.

Still, this is a highly entertaining book to read. I liked it much better than Hatchet (also about a boy trying to survive in the wild), probably because I prefer the idea of getting lost on purpose and preparing yourself with the knowledge needed to survive beforehand, rather than figuring things out the hard and painful way because you never took the opportunity to learn. Although, the situation in Hatchet of finding yourself unexpectedly in a survival situation is far more realistic, the scouter in me prefers Sam's situation. Nothing like venturing out into the bush, armed with the right tools, and ready to experience the primal joy and satisfaction of living with Mother Nature--instead of venturing out unprepared and in living in fear of becoming her victim.
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Sheri Never read this but saw the movie when I was younger.


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