I am so excited; I finally remembered the book I read as child and found the set on eBay. I can't not wait for it to arrive. If you have children (grandchildren) -- especially adventure loving ones as I do; then find this set. I rank it up there with Phantom Tollbooth. Awesome!
Here is a sneak peak of the description.
"By Jean Craighead George - Dutton Children's Books (2000) - Hardback - 640 pages - ISBN 0525462694
The trilogy about Sam Gribley's adventures begins with My Side of the Mountain when Sam, a nature-loving boy runs away from the city to live off the land. His home is a tree; his hunting partner, a young perefrine falcon named Frightful. In the second book in the trilogy On the Far Side of the Mountain, Sam's younger sister, Alice comes to share his retreat and his adventures. In the concluding third book Frightful's Mountain, Frightful makes his journey towards independence."
I don't know about other folks but, I have this desire to share with my boys the love of books I read as a child - teenager. We did not have all the electronics as children do now so, books were my escape. I would check out books from the school library every Monday and just devour them. Some of my favorites I have been able to find:
Ramona the Brave
My Side of the Mountain
Escape to Witch Mountain
Little House on the Prairie
How to Eat Fried Worms
Ramona (the series)
Are You There God, It's Me Margaret (kinda girlie)
A Christmas Story
The Gift of the Magi
Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Clan of the Cavebear (there are now six books)
Flowers in the Attic (I stopped reading when the original author died because the voice changed.)
About puberty I discovered poets: Emily Dickerson, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (my all time fav), Grimm's Fairy Stories, Edgar Allen Poe, and Robert Frost.
Without my mother knowing it; I would even read the more adult popular novels she was reading at the time. I guess, I am just a literature junkie and would read the phone book; if it was my only choice.
Tomorrow, I will read to the boys a short story by Mark Twain called, 'On the Decay of the Art of Lying.' It's really funny.
What were your favorite books while growing up?