Appalachia Chart of Related Books

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BOOKS ON APPALACHIA
Picture Books
TITILE & AUTHOR TIME SETTING
OF BOOK
SUMMARY OF BOOKTOPICS
Rylant Appalachia: Voices of Sleeping Birds Present Talks about the kinds of people and animals who live in Appalachia Dogs
Names
Rylant When I Was Young in the Mountains 1950's A little girl talks about living in a coal mining community long ago. Country Store
Outhouses
Rylant The Relatives Came Present A family reunion begins when the relatives arrive from Virginia Families
Customs
Houston My Great Aunt Arizona Turn of the Century A young woman longs to travel but circumstances combine to make actual travel impossible. She becomes a teacher and travels with her students in her mind. Teachers
Travel
Imagination
Houston The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree 1918 A mother keeps a promise her husband made to provide the perfect tree for the village's Christmas. Together she and her child fulfill the arduous task. Promises
Christmas
Customs
Hendershot In Coal Country 1950s This is a nostalgic view of growing up in a coal mining town Mining
Families
Dionetti Coal Mining Peaches Early 20th Century Grandfather had many jobs, starting as a coal miner and later working on the Brooklyn Bridge Occupations
Values

NOVELS
Lowry Rabble Starkey Present A mother and daughter become extremely involved with the household of the mother's employer. Mrs. Bigelow is mentally ill and nearly causes the death of her own son. Mental illness
Family
Mother /Daughter
Friendship
Single Parents
Paterson, Come Sing Jimmy Jo Present The youngest child of a family of country singers is left at home with his grandmother while the others are on tour. Country music
Families
Talent
Jealousy
Grandmothers
White, Sweet Creek Holler 1948 Life in a coal mining town for a family after their coal mining father is murdered. Coal mining
Company Town
Murder
Single Parents
Caudill, Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charlie? Present An imaginative and non conforming child has difficulty adjusting the rules of the Little School in the mountains. School
Imagination
Rules
Burch, Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain 1930sIda Early is an eccentric but when she takes over the household of this motherless family, she brings love and life. Eccentrics
Prejudice
Burch, Christmas with Ida Early 1930s Ida's contributions to the Christmas Pageant are unconventional to say the least Christmas
Eccentrics
Houston Littlejim 1918 A boy attempts to earn his father's respect Fathers/Sons
Lumber
World War I
Naylor Shiloh Present A boy attempts to befriend an abused dog Dogs
Abuse
Rappaport Trouble at the Mines 1898 This is a fictionalized account of the coal miner's strike in Arnot, PA Mining
Labor Unions
Reeder Moonshiner's Son 1920s A boy is torn between family loyalty and the opinions of others including the law Prohibition
Moonshining
FOLKTALES
TITLE AND AUTHORSUMMARYMOTIFS
Chase The Jack Tales Many of these stories are variants of more commonly known folk tales. All of them surround the character of Jack, the trickster. Tricksters
Little one outwitting big ones
Chase Grandfather Tales An anthology of folktales from the Appalachians
Moser Polly Vaughn A traditional ballad is the inspiration for this story of feuding mountain families Feuds
Romance

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