MIST OVER THE MOUNTAINS by Raymond Bial

MIST OVER THE MOUNTAINS

Appalachia and its People
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Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A superb photoessay from Bial (With Needle and Thread, 1996, etc.), documenting a pocket of American life and history that exemplifies enduring values of hard work, self-reliance, strength of character, and adherence to principle. Although the text deals frankly with the more troubled aspects of the Appalachian experience--the Cherokee removal, clan feuds, the hillbilly stereotype, labor strife, stripmining and clearcutting, black lung disease, and poverty--Bial consistently emphasizes the strengths of the people, their unique traditions, and the beauty of the landscape. The photographs suggest the remoteness and isolation that both engendered and preserved a proudly independent culture and also left the region vulnerable to economic marginalization. There are no scenes of deprivation or denuded hillsides among his lovely full-color images or among the scattering of black-and-white photos. Get out a map and put this work next to Rylant and Moser's Appalachia (1991). (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-395-73569-6
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1997




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