At the end of My Side of the Mountain did Sam's family stay with him?

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In the book My Side of the Mountainby Jean Craighead George, Sam’s family eventually came to stay with Sam. Although Sam spent much time alone in the wilderness, his family travelled to the wilderness to live with Sam.

When Sam first saw his family arrive, he was elated. Sam...

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In the book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, Sam’s family eventually came to stay with Sam. Although Sam spent much time alone in the wilderness, his family travelled to the wilderness to live with Sam.

When Sam first saw his family arrive, he was elated. Sam was quite surprised to see his whole family in the wilderness. Initially, he thought that only his father returned to visit him, but he soon realized that his whole family was there. As the text reveals:

“Then I jumped in the air and laughed for joy. I recognized my four-year-old brother’s pleasure song. The family! Dad had brought the family!”

After reuniting with his family, Sam was shocked to discover that his family planned on living in the wilderness with him. Sam had become self-sufficient and accustomed to living without his family. However, his mother decided that they would live with Sam. As his mother states:

“When you are of age, you can go wherever you please. Until then, I still have to take care of you, according to all the law I can find.”

Thus, Sam’s family came and stayed with Sam in the wilderness. Although Sam lived independently for many months, his family eventually came to join him.

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