When I was young in the mountains – Story Time Video


This is a special story time video for all of the kids, but many adults will enjoy this sweet story of days gone by.

When I Was Young In The Mountains

By Cynthia Rylant

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  1. Kaitlyn says

    Mrs. Christy ,
    You made my eyes leak !!! Don’t worry it was the good kind, just remembering stories I was told when I was younger . I am like you I long for these rolling hills and tall Alabama Pine trees !!!!! Thank you your sweet stories!

  2. Lisa Riley says

    Miss Christy,
    Oh, how you made my eyes leak as well! This story makes me so homesick for my childhood. I was raised in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, and this story just brought back so many memories of my parents and grandparents. There is nothing like growing up in the mountains, and they will always be my home. I had to share this on Facebook with my family. When you told the story, I felt like I was a little girl back home and you could easily have been one of my sisters. Thank you for sharing such a lovely story. You just made my day!!!

  3. Angela Lewis says

    Such a good story, Christy! The way you read it, you could tell your heart was in it! It’s nice to visit other places, but “There’s no place like home.” I LOVE my AlaBAMA. By the way, that blouse (what I could see) looked pretty on you, but I think I still like you in pink the best!

  4. Libby M. says

    What a great story with an even greater message to cherish where we come from and enjoy the simple things in life. Thank you for posting this sweet story video. This was one of the best and most touching stories I have ever heard.

    Blessings to you & your family,

  5. Julie says

    I loved hearing you read this book. You are a true teacher at heart! I use this book quite often in my classroom of 5th graders, and the kids would love your version is so much better than my read aloud. If it is ok with you, I will play the video for my kids. I may live in the south but some of my students have never seen a cow even though some live only 20 minutes from them! They certainly don’t know what johnnyhouses are. It was a wonderful surprise to come across Southern Plate while looking for a recipe for sawdust pie. I am from Paducah and was pleased to see that you discovered some of my favorite restaurants during the Quilt Show, including Patti’s. We just ate there a few nights ago and were too full after huge pork chops for dessert. I owe my husband one of his favorite pies. Keep up your wonderful work!

  6. Kristin Korsgaard says

    Hi Christy! I love your recipes so much and now to find these books!!! You make me wish I was from the south and not California. I would love to play your story time videos in my classroom for my fourth graders. They don’t get much exposure to other cultures since my school is 98% Latino. Would it be O.K. to show all 25 at one time? I don’t want to misuse your site, but it’s fantastic!

  7. Amy says

    Wow. My grandmother gave me this book when I was little, and I had forgotten about it until I saw this post. Some parts of your reading made my eyes leak. Thanks for all you do and thanks for guiding me on a trip down memory lane.

  8. Lynn Drewry says

    Christy, you’ve just “made my day!” WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS was the basis for my all-time favorite unit during 30+ years of teaching. most of which were with first graders. It was a wonderful introduction to learning about the Appalachian area of our country. With help from parent volunteers, we spent one day preparing and eating the meal described in this precious book. Cynthia Rylant was very gracious to send our class a personal message along with other items related to the book, and we proudly had those framed to share with the school as the beginning of an “Author’s Wall” of messages from famous authors of children’s books. This particular book never fails to bring a tear to my eyes, and I’m so glad you introduced it to your audience!


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