Saturday, November 17, 2007

First Giveaway

I have two paperback copies of Cynthia Rylant'sWhen I Was Young in the Mountains (Reading Rainbow Books) available to two readers who would like to participate in our December 17-21 review of this fabulous book.

Review from an reader:

Cynthia Rylant's enduring favorite "When I Was Young in the Mountains" is the tale of her own childhood growing up in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. The gently repetitive text details her everyday life, from swimming in a swimming hole (even if there were snakes!) to taking a bath to drinking cocoa made by her grandmother. Each page starts off with, "When I was young in the mountains . . . " By the final page, we see that not only did Ms. Rylant appreciate her low-tech, memory-making childhood, but she wouldn't have traded it for anything.

Diane Goode's softly colored illustrations beautifully dovetail with the text, whether she's showing a river baptism, a nighttime trip to the "johnny-house" after too much fried okra, or a stint at the water pump. It's a lovely ode to the simple life, and to being happy with what you have instead of worrying about what you don't have.

Sign Up Information:
To sign up, please comment on this post by Friday, November 30th. The only thing I ask from our lucky winners is that you comment on the book at least once during the week we review it. I'll do a drawing on December 1st and randomly pick two winners. Make sure I have your email address so I can contact you and arrange shipment if you are one of the winners...either include it in your comment or email me at

Bloggers, feel free to mention this giveaway on your blogs!

I absolutely love this book, so even if I don't draw your name, you'll have plenty of time to get the copy in time to participate in our December 17-21 review.

Good luck!


  1. Sign me up! Looks like a great book!

  2. May I ask if a non-US resident is qualified to enter?

  3. Hi Grace,
    In which country do you live? I can calculate shipping costs and time and let you know if it's feasable to get it to you in time for the review. Thanks for your interest!

  4. Please enter me too, seems like a great book for children.

  5. Sounds like a great book! Count me in.

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving! Please enter me in your fabulous contest. Thanks, Cindi

  7. Just checked it on Amazon - looks like a great book! By the way, I love your "About Me" picture - so sweet!
    themommyspot (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Hi, I would be glad to be a reviewer of this fascinating sounding book. Please enter me in the draw! Thanks,Cindi

  9. Aww, my husband grew up in West Virginia, so this would be a nice book for my kids to read.

  10. Please, sign me up. This is my daughter's favorite author! Thanks.

  11. This looks like a wonderful book and would be fun to review. I blogged about your giveaway here:

    My email addy is on my blog sidebar. :)

  12. Sounds like a wonderful book!

    Thanks for a great giveaway.

  13. i love this book, and would love to be part of the review!

  14. I love this book and would put it to great use in my classroom as well as with my own children!!

  15. I would love to win this for my son. Thanks so much.

  16. I'd definitely like to win this book, and would love to write a review.


  17. Thanks to everyone who signed up to win my two copies of Cynthia Rylant's When I Was Young in the Mountains. I wish I had a copy for everyone! With the help of, the two winners are:

    Stacey Moore

    Congrats! I'll be emailing you individually to get your mailing address, etc.

    If you didn't win, but have read the book or plan on grabbing a copy before my 17-21 review, I would love to hear what you have to say. Also, I have a lot of books coming in and will have more giveaways soon! Be sure to subscribe to The Well-Read Child, so you don't miss one!