Appalachian Music and Literature: Wind Up
Home in the Mountains
Cynthia Rylant grew up in Cool
Ridge, in Raleigh County, West Virginia. She lived with her grandparents and
other relatives in a four-room house. She says, "We children had to make
do with each other and what we found in the mountains, and do you know, I was
In When I Was Young in the Mountains,
Cynthia Rylant shares her memories of her childhood in Appalachia.
"When I was young in the mountains,
I never wanted to go to the ocean, and I never wanted to go to the desert. I
never wanted to go anywhere else in the world, for I was in the mountains. And
that was always enough."
From When I Was Young in the
Mountains, by Cynthia Rylant (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1982)
See also excerpt from Rylant's Appalachia:
The Voices of Sleeping Birds at the beginning of this teaching unit.
Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature is a self-contained teaching
unit by Avis Caynor and Reneé Wyatt (1997), reprinted with permission
in 2003 in the larger web site AppLit.
list of AppLit pages on picture books