The Mountain and the Valley Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book tells the story of David Canaan, a school boy growing up in the Annapolis Valley in Atlantic Canada in the years before World War 2. David is one of three children; he has an older brother and a twin sister. They are a very close family and David is a very sensitive and devoted boy. He loves the farm, the valley, and the nearby mountain. He helps his father hunt, fish, raise crops and animals, and chop wood. He plays with the neighbour boys and really likes one girl, Effie. He sees beauty in so many things and longs to become a writer.
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Sad things happen in this seemingly ideal setting. Effie dies of leukemia, David's father dies in an accident and his mother dies soon after. He is left to run the family farm and take care of his grandmother, Ellen. Ellen spends a lot of time weaving rugs from the family's old clothing; each piece of cloth seems to symbolise something significant in the life of David and his family. David still really wants to write, and he uses his scribbler a lot. Will he ever be able to write the book he dreams of and get it published?
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   struggling to earn a living to survive Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   orphan story

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   a kid


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Forest?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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