Illustrated by Peter Parnall
Mountain Girl can see that her family is poor – and she can see that her parents aren’t even sensible enough to notice. So, she calls a family meeting to discuss the problem. As her family sits around their homemade (from discarded lumber) kitchen table, her parents say they are rich. They begin to count up the value of the things they have. How much is it worth to be able to see the sky all day and feel the wind and smell the coming rain? Or to watch a cactus bloom or to sleep outside under the stars? After a while, Mountain Girl begins to realize that money may not be a important as she thought. A wonderful story that beautiful shows the difference between freely-chosen simplicity and poverty – ages 7 and up.