Parents' Guide to

My Side of the Mountain

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gripping, inspiring wilderness-survival adventure.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+

Have Read Multiple Times

I read this book myself around the age of 8 and loved it. When my son hit second grade and was reading voraciously, I thought he might enjoy it. We read it the first time together sometimes and with him on his own sometimes and he LOVED it. It's one he keeps handy and now going into grade 4 will still pull it out to read it again.
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age 9+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (16):

Since it was first published in 1959, the award-winning MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN has inspired scores of kids to want to test their own survival skills. Sam's adventures are timelessly exciting, and the details of his wilderness life are truly fascinating; readers can't help but admire his independence and wonder what his life would be like. In addition, descriptions of the foods Sam eats (cattails taste like potato if you chew them long enough), the suit of clothes he makes from animal skins (even underwear), and the antics of animals he befriends provide loads of amusement to today's readers. In some ways, this novel is both simple and strange, but the premise is a winner and Sam's adventures continue to entertain readers year after year.

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