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Sam Gribley, the protagonist of My Side of the Mountain, survives quite well by finding and identifying many edible plants in the Catskill woods. While he gets most of his protein from fish and...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2018 4:40 pm UTC

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You might want to consider how the narrator describes the glories of winter during his year alone in the wilderness, as he uses many examples of figurative language to describe the strange, stark...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2012 5:54 am UTC

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In fact, the sixteenth chapter is titled “In Which Trouble Begins.” Sam refers here to his interactions with people in the nearby town. When he walks into a store wearing his deerskin clothing, a...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019 2:05 pm UTC

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Nature is personified throughout this book and essentially becomes a character in its own right. Often metaphor and hyperbole are employed to much the same effect. Below are some examples. I must...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2019 4:34 pm UTC

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This phrase describes the idea that whoever is the most powerful is the one who gets to decide what is right or just. Depending on how you view it, this is either an incredibly cynical idea or...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2017 1:15 am UTC

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Sam Gribley, the main character, is good at problem solving. He has to be. He ran away from home in the city to live in a hollowed-out hemlock tree in the Catskill Mountains. He has very few...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2016 12:47 pm UTC

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While living in the woods, Sam befriends several animals who live in the area. He and the animals maintain a healthy respect for each other, since Sam knows that wild animals can be dangerous and...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2012 10:07 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 8:22 pm UTC

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When Sam Gribley finally makes good on his plan to leave New York and disappear into the Catskill wilderness, the seeming lack of preparation on Sam's part is shocking. He carries with him only a...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2019 9:04 pm UTC

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These are the last three chapters of the book. By now, the seasons have turned to Spring. Teenager Sam Gribley has been living by himself in the Catskills for almost a year. And for most of this...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2018 10:33 am UTC

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Bando is the first human friend that Sam makes on the mountain. One day Sam hears police sirens on the road leading up to the mountain then finds a man at his tree (Sam's hollowed tree). Though...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2012 5:14 pm UTC

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Bando shows up in the 12th chapter, titled "In Which I Find a Real Live Man." Sam hears a police siren in the distance, and then he finds a man sleeping near his home tree. He thinks the man might...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 4:14 pm UTC

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Sam's bed is made "of ash slats and covered with deerskin". His fireplace, which is "about knee high", is made of clay and stones, and has "a chimney that leads the smoke out through a knothole"....

Latest answer posted November 24, 2009 1:56 pm UTC

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The main conflict in “My Side of the Mountain” is represented by the overriding theme of man versus nature. Sam Gribley is a city kid who runs away from his New York City home to the wilderness of...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2016 11:22 pm UTC

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Sam Gribley is a very independent young man (boy?). He has to be in order to survive on his own in the mountains with little to no help from anybody. Simply to even consider doing it shows Sam's...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2015 7:00 pm UTC

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Chapter 12 is called "In Which I Find a Real Live Man." Here Sam and Frightful first meet Jessie Coon James, a young raccoon who seems to be in need. They adopt him, take him home, and feed him....

Latest answer posted May 26, 2016 10:13 pm UTC

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We read about the party in the fourteenth chapter, called “In Which We All Learn About Halloween.” Sam Gribley has been living on his own in the Catskill Mountains for about six months now. In...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2016 11:59 pm UTC

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Mr. Jacket's real name is Tom Sidler, and Sam Gribley comes into contact with him for the first time in the chapter titled "In Which Trouble Begins." It is chapter 16. By this point in the story,...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2019 3:06 pm UTC

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Sam encountered some animals more than others, and he named a few select ones that were his favorites. Frightful, of course, was his trained falcon. The Baron was a weasel who seemed to think he...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016 9:21 pm UTC

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This is a good question. By now, Sam Gribley has been living on his own in the Catskill Mountains for at least six or seven months. He has outgrown his original clothes and has made deerskin...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016 10:44 am UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in the chapter entitled "In Which I Learn to Season My Food." When Sam checks a trap that he laid to see if he has caught anything he can eat, he discovers...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011 10:54 pm UTC

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Interesting question! In the book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, Sam utilized an interesting “barometer.” In the wilderness, Sam did not possess a barometer. Thus, he utilized a...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 9:46 pm UTC

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Sam's falcon friend is called "Frightful" because Sam endured great challenges to become acquainted with her. He remembers being attacked by Frightful's mother as he retrieved her from her falcon...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2017 9:19 pm UTC

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While Sam Gribley does originally plan to run away from home, his father discovers his plans and tells him that he will be allowed to travel to the abandoned Gribley farm to attempt to live off of...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 9:15 pm UTC

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In "My Side of the Mountain," Sam Gribley has left home to live in the wild on an old homestead that had belonged to his great-grandfather. Once up in the mountains, Sam builds himself a home in an...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2009 10:05 am UTC

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In the book My Side of the Mountain, Sam Gribley’s father comes to see him twice. The first time, he does not bring anything. The second time, he brings the rest of the family to see Sam. The...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016 4:45 pm UTC

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Interesting question! In the book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, several objects are greatly advantageous for Sam Gribley. Although many of the objects are beneficial, it is...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2016 5:34 pm UTC

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Interesting question! In the book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, Sam desires to possess and train a falcon. Although Sam realizes that this will be an exceptionally challenging...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 6:47 pm UTC

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Sam is an incredibly resourceful boy, and he enjoys setting hard challenges for himself and then overcoming them. There are many examples where he takes pleasure in solving a problem or...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2017 11:43 am UTC

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Jean Craighead George's book My Side of the Mountain is a well-known children's novel about courage, friendship, and becoming independent. This book was first published in 1959. The main character...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2019 6:46 pm UTC

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Far from civilization, Sam never knows for sure what day it is. But as he doesn't want to lose track of time of the days of the week and the seasons of the year, he makes his own low-tech calendar...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 9:19 am UTC

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The text of My Side of the Mountain is very clear about the main reason that Sam was first attracted to the big hemlock tree for his home. We read, "...I wanted a house that could not be seen....

Latest answer posted October 4, 2009 2:12 pm UTC

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The climax of the novel comes when Sam is faced with a decision at the end of the novel. He must choose either to heed his father's call and join his family or run off and continue to live in...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2013 7:46 pm UTC

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Sam gets to know a number of animals while living in the woods. He gives many of these creatures names and several of them become recurring characters throughout the story. Sam's main companion is...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2018 2:10 pm UTC

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In the chapter entitled "I Get Started on This Venture", the first thing Sam makes is a fishhook. He does it by whittling an angle on one end of a twig, then taking a smaller twig and...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2008 3:26 pm UTC

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Sam first encounters this man in the 16th chapter, titled “In Which Trouble Begins.” Sam seems to long for some human contact, so he goes into town on a Sunday. Because the library is closed, he...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 10:32 am UTC

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Part of the complexity in analyzing the rising and falling action in George's work is that it places the reader in the midst of the action. Embodying the essence of the outdoor world and the...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2014 5:00 pm UTC

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In the eleventh chapter of My Side of the Mountain, titled “In Which Frightful Learns her ABC’s,” Sam Gribley teaches himself the process of making acorn pancakes. By this time, Sam has become...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2018 12:38 pm UTC

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What Sam learns about earthworms that pleases him is this: they make a little popping sound when they come to the surface. This is, Sam says, caused by little air bubbles popping. This pleases Sam...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010 10:30 pm UTC

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It can be rather difficult to decide on the "most important" events in a given work of literature, but here goes. You might want to re-read the novel and see if you agree or disagree with my choice...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2011 8:35 pm UTC

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Within the first 50 pages of Jean George's My Side of the Mountain, while Sam is busily building a bed for himself, an old woman sees him and orders him to help her pick strawberries to make jam....

Latest answer posted November 15, 2015 5:06 am UTC

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In this book, young Sam Gribley runs away from his home and family in New York City and goes off to live in a large hollowed-out tree in the Catskill Mountains, north of the city. He learns to live...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2016 7:22 pm UTC

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The first few days out in the wilderness are very difficult for Sam. As he freely admits, he hasn't planned anything right, and planning your days ahead of time is absolutely essential if you're...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 10:12 am UTC

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Sam Gribley is a young man, a teenager, who runs away from home to live in the wild. In the early pages of the novel, Sam relates the story of how "he ran away from his crowded New York apartment...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2012 3:44 pm UTC

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Sam changes in terms of learning the skills he needs to survive in the rural hinterlands and developing into a more mature, less impulsive boy. At the outset, Sam’s tremendous desire to prove...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2019 2:33 am UTC

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Any antagonist in Jean George's My Side of the Mountain would be considered any character who tries to thwart Sam's plans to live successfully on his own in the wilderness. One of the characters...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2015 8:54 am UTC

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The first two people Sam encounters are not exactly welcome visitors. In Chapter 6 he runs into "a little old lady in a pale blue sunbonnet" who is picking strawberries and berates him...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2008 3:20 pm UTC

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Sam Gribley is a city kid who runs away from his family and home in New York City to go to live in the woods in the Catskill Mountains. He takes only a penknife, a ball of cord, an ax, and $40....

Latest answer posted May 27, 2016 11:28 pm UTC

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It's chapter 13 of My Side of the Mountain and fall has almost arrived. As Sam looks about him, he notices that nature is changing to accommodate the new season. Leaves are changing color, the...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2019 9:00 am UTC

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In my edition, the recipe for making acorn pancakes is on page 67, in the chapter entitled "In Which Frightful Learns her ABCs." It is quite incredible to think about how Sam, a young boy, is able...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2011 7:33 pm UTC

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