by Peggy Ann Shifflett, 2012.
In her fourth book, Shifflett dwells on the informal education of Appalachian children – how they learned in the family, how adults responded to their curious questions, and how they rebelled. Shifflett includes a description of games and toys handed down over the generations. As usual, her work is interspersed with personal stories and reflections on her own childhood.
“Dr. Shifflett’s latest memoir, set in the Allegheny Mountains, documents traditional Appalachian children living simple lives before 1960. Her last paragraph is powerful as she says, ‘I never thought about how television changed learning, curiosity, and play’ for not only Appalachian children but all children. A bittersweet read!” – Eve Deegan, avid reader.
Paperback, 176 pages, with photographs and bibliography.