My Side Of The Mountain
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I mean no offense to other reviewers on this site, but there are a lot of negatitive reviews of this movie. I haven't read the book, but one thing I need to mention is this: I think a lot of people who read the book expect the movie to be just like the book, no more no less. Well, It's unrealistic to expect this-the movie can not be the book and the book can not be the movie-movies are different than books. You got to take what you like about the book and write the script from that. This is done all the time in Hollywood. Sometimes what works on the printed page won't work on screen and vice versa.
I like Sam's voice over in this film because it provides insights into his thoughts or what he is writing in his journal. As a bonus you'll learn a new recpe for syrrup and pancakes!
So give this movie a try! Ignore the negative reviews until at least you have seen the movie.
Students also appreciate that the novel lends itself to ways of evaluating their comprehension beyond the typical "quiz-discussion-book report method" that often does little to promote a love of reading. Our class has had fun as each student used clay, grass,leaves, rocks and sticks to build his/her own idea of how Sam's treehouse might look, as each student wrote his/her own diary in which he/she explained how he/she used some of Sam's own survival techniques to survive in a wilderness adventure, and as each student wrote and illustrated an "ABC" book that showed 26 important aspects of the book.
We also really enjoyed finding the book in Amazon's website. My students like reading other people's reviews of the book, and appreciate being able to add their own as follows: Brian Billman-I gave this book an 8 becauseI learned how to survive in the wilderness,but there was not enough action. Heidi Bonnes-I give this story a 3 because Ididn't like how the author jumped from time to time.I also didn't like how it was written in first person. Kerstin Noelle Brooks-I give this book a 10 because I liked how Sam made the clothes and I also liked when he was brave enouph to fight the mother falcon.I rated it a 10 because he had interesting tools and it was interesting when he met the English teacher and didn't over-react to him.He just acted normal.Read more ›
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My son read the book, and really enjoyed getting to see it on screen. A good family movie, and excellent read as well.Published on Dec 23 2013 by Kedisy
This film is rather dated now. A kid living in the wilderness, always wearing a clean, white T-shirt and far more knowledgeable than his years. Too squeaky clean for 2013.Published on Jan. 23 2013 by RICHARD SHUTTLEWORTH
I too must say if I had never read the book, I would have enjoyed the movie. The movie was a bit disappointing, first off the movie is set in Canda. Read morePublished on May 12 2004
I really enjoyed reading the story about Sam. I don't usually like English or reading but this story was about adventure and being in the mountains. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003
I can't add much to the other reviews but wanted to throw in my support for a remake of this movie. After finally getting around to reading the Newbery Honor book, I *so* wanted... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003
I understand that the book version of this is a classic story, and much more worthwhile. This video is watchable because of the breathtaking scenery; otherwise, the messages sent... Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2002
I loved My Side of the Mountain...it showed how someone could be brave and live fine in the wilderness. It was great!Published on July 12 2002
This book really really really really really really really really really really really realy really really really really really really really Stinks.Published on Nov. 29 2001 by Jason Martin