Praise

“Lone Mountain is as richly layered as the coal seams of Appalachia. This story and its irresistible illustrations drive home the needs of rural mountain communities as they unify their struggle to protect their homelands and entire ecosystems. Educators will find abundant areas to explore, from the complex and interlinked flora and fauna of the Mountain South to the struggle of Appalachian people to create alternatives to living in a national sacrifice zone.” –Carrie N. Kline, M.A., Public Folklorist and Music Maker with Talking Across the Lines, a community listening and telling endeavor

“I think this is an excellent book, if only I had it last night when I was helping my 9 year old Great niece with her project she would have and all the information she needed.  Thank you for taking the time to write this book, it will be an asset to our children.”  –Teri Blanton, An activist working on clean energy and social justice issues in her home state of Kentucky for 20 years. She is a fellow of Kentuckians For the Commonwealth and a grandmother of three.

“This beautifully illustrated picture book tells a story young people need to know. Told from the point of view of the mountain, this book takes the reader on a journey revealing what is being lost by the devastating practice of mountaintop removal.  The voice of Lone Mountain is hauntingly non-judgmental as it faces annihilation at the hands of the miners. It simply states the problem, offers solutions suitable for its young readers and culminates with the mountain’s prospect of eventually returning to its pristine and productive state. Lone Mountain is filled with wonderful information about the flora and fauna of the Appalachian Mountains and brings both the benefits of a healthy mountain and the consequences of destroying it home to all who use the end product of coal, electricity.  It also empowers its readers by giving them actions to take to stop mountaintop removal.  This book is a must have for all elementary school science and social studies classes whether they are located in the coal fields or in the high rise canyons of big cities.”   –Sue Massek, Activist, Musician and Educator, member of Reel World String Band

Lone Mountain accomplishes something few books can claim; it deals with difficult and unattractive issues in a sensitive and visually beautiful way. For generations mineral extraction in Appalachia has been at the forefront of environmental social justice issues in the region. Here we have a book that gives a child a mountain’s point of view, a gentle community education, and beautiful inspirational images. Early introduction of these civic, economic, and ecological concerns into conversation can only benefit the future of the region and its families.”   –Noel Johnson, Past President SOCM (Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment)

“We’d better listen to the voices from the mountains…trying to tell us what we just might need to know…” sing the words to a song by Ruthie Gorton.  In this remarkable little book the mountain speaks to us both of the richness and beauty of the Appalachian mountains, but also of the devastation caused by disastrous mining techniques.  Most importantly it tells us that people can organize and fight to save the mountains and gives concrete information about how we, the readers, can help.  Written especially for young people, Lone Mountain makes an important contribution to Appalachian literature.” –Guy & Candie Carawan musicians and cultural organizers, Highlander Research and Education Center

“A parable for the possible, Lone Mountain is a timely and important story for kids, their families and schools, about the challenges in protecting our natural homelands.  The beautiful illustrations and moving story will inspire readers to climb their own mountains–and take a stand.” – Jeff Biggers, author of “The United States of Appalachia.”

“Lone Mountain helps our families learn about the tragic impacts of mountaintop removal on our communities and the environment, while also teaching us about our collective responsibility to care for our planet and our collective power to work for positive social change.  Lone Mountain is a great story for our children and a call to action for our community.  Lone Mountain helps our kids learn about the beauty of the natural world, the dangers of a profit-first economy, and the power we have as everyday people to shape the world around us.  A great addition to our kids justice and liberation library.” – Chris Crass, a father and author of “Towards Collective Liberation.”

“This thoughtful and beautifully illustrated children’s story book is another important educational tool in the ongoing effort to stop mountaintop removal.  Buy it, recommend it, and share it with people of all ages.” – Stephen L. Fisher, editor of “Fighting Back in Appalachia” and  co-editor of “Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia.”

“Lynch-Thomason’s book compellingly evokes both the harm mountaintop removal does to the land and people and the hope that we can bring this destructive mining to an end. The stunning watercolor illustrations also convey the sublime beauty most definitely lost if we don’t educate the next generation to be wiser than our own.” – Chad Montrie, author of “To Save the Land and People: A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia.”

“Words can only begin to describe the quiet eloquence, understated beauty and sheer emotional power of Saro Lynch-Thomason’s magnificent new book Lone Mountain.  In this remarkable work, the mountain speaks, not just for itself, but for all of us, for the potential that both humans and nature have to oppose and overcome the most overwhelming threats to our well being, our happiness, our survival.

Saro is as skillful and imaginative an artist as she is a subtle, persuasive wordsmith.  Her watercolor illustrations are as vibrant and relevant as if the mountain itself had painted them.  Perhaps, working through this passionate artist, it did.

The lesson Lone Mountain teaches us is clear: Victory and healing are possible, even against the longest odds, but only if we work together with angry patience and militant love.  In this children’s book for all of us, Saro Lynch-Thomason holds out a vision of what a renewed, vibrant Appalachia can be, soon and for all time–and tells us in no uncertain words that future is, in the deepest sense, in our hands.” – Si Kahn, Appalachian organizer, author and musician.

“Lone Mountain hits close to home and exemplifies the true costs of coal in Appalachia. My children will not know the beauty of the forest and the mountain above the home I was raised on. This book is a testament to the connections with nature our children desperately need, and the will to preserve it.” – Nick Mullins, Former 4th Generation Underground Coal Miner

“Such a wonderful book, Lone Mountain speaks to the children of today from the heart of what it means to be a mountain. I love the respect of cultural knowledge and the art work.  Lone Mountain gives ways to connect young and old to many expressions of life, from the joy of toes in the water tickling the sands to challenges of water being contaminated, hard issues even for the adults in our world. Mountains are so precious for the future of our world. Spend time in them, working and playing to understand how to be fully human. The story develops awareness of what it means to be an active citizen not only for the challenges of today but for the challenges that will be faced in our rising generations. This book bring the past into the present and offers a future from the experiences of a collective of really bright and wonderful people. This book offers solutions , we need more like it in our world today.” -Carol Judy, Earth Educator, Woodsworker, and Tennessee Clean Water Network member

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