So, I decided to do something I have been planning on doing for a long time now, reread one of them. I did actually reread Island of the Blue Dolphins back in 2010 and since I loved it as much as I remember I can't believe it has taken me so long to pick up another book from this list. Luckily, I have been slowly buying books from my childhood so I only had to go as far as my bookshelf to find My Side of the Mountain.
Let me tell you guys...I still love this book! In case you aren't familiar with the story, Sam runs away, lives in a tree (how freaking awesome!) and has a pet falcon named Frightful. There is a moment in the book that really stuck with me the first time I read it in elementary school and over the years I think about it at the most random times. Sam builds a fire in his tree and...
Ever since I imagined that sweet bird I was unable to get the image of her glassy eyes out of my mind.
Moral of the story:
We need books about trees and animals and dirt and edible flowers. Books set in natural environments.
Also, read books from your childhood. It's amazing!