Knee-Knock Rise

Knee Knock Rise From the moment young Egan arrives in Instep for the annual fair he is entranced by the fable surrounding the misty peak of Kneeknock Rise On stormy nights when the rain drives harsh and cold an und

  • Title: Knee-Knock Rise
  • Author: Natalie Babbitt
  • ISBN: 9780312370091
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the moment young Egan arrives in Instep for the annual fair, he is entranced by the fable surrounding the misty peak of Kneeknock Rise On stormy nights when the rain drives harsh and cold, an undiscovered creature raises its voice and moans Nobody knows what it is nobody has ever dared to try to find out and come back again Before long, Egan is climbing the Rise tFrom the moment young Egan arrives in Instep for the annual fair, he is entranced by the fable surrounding the misty peak of Kneeknock Rise On stormy nights when the rain drives harsh and cold, an undiscovered creature raises its voice and moans Nobody knows what it is nobody has ever dared to try to find out and come back again Before long, Egan is climbing the Rise to find an answer to the mystery.Kneeknock Rise is a 1971 Newbery Honor Book.

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    1. Another on the possible read-aloud list that probably won't make the cut for various reasons. 1) I LOVE the name of the mountain, which is the name of the book, it is pretty creative. Local people are frightened of it, so they call it "Knee-knock Rise." The small town at the base is called, also creatively, Instep. 2)I'm just not sure what Babbitt was getting at here. As much as I really don't like to put words into someone else's mouth, I feel there could be several interpretations, which I wil [...]

    2. Like Tuck Everlasting, this is a thought provoking book. I didn't like it as much as Tuck, but I did enjoy it. I think the whole message of the book can be found in the poem written by Uncle Ott: I visited a certain kingWho had a certain fool.The king was gray with wisdom gotFrom forty years of schol.The fool was pink with nonsenseAnd could barely write his nameBut he knew a lot of little songsAnd sang them just the same.The fool was gay. The king was not.Now tell me if you can:Which was perhaps [...]

    3. Egan travels to a nearby town to stay with his aunt and her family during the local annual fair. This fair isn't the usual thing, though - it's held in honor of and to celebrate the monster who lives on top of Kneeknock Rise.This is a fabulous story about the difference between fact and truth, about people's willingness to believe even when evidence to the contrary is right before them, and about the strange power of myth. I loved it, of course. Babbitt can weave a special kind of magic into her [...]

    4. Rereading Tuck Everlasting made me want to read all of Natalie Babbitt's books for young readers. The Megrimum is a bellowing creature that lives on top of the rise. No one knows what it is, but they all live in its shadow. When Egan arrives to stay with his mother's family in the village of Instep, he gets caught up in the legend and decides to climb the rise and become a hero--with surprising results. The book is a parable. It asks the question: who is the wise man and who is the fool? Parents [...]

    5. I love how Natalie Babbitt does not overuse words. She knows exactly what words to use to paint a realistic image in your mind and to tell a fantastic story. This story is simple and to the point, it does not drag on unnecessarily. I can see children as well as adults enjoying this story. I highly recommend this book.

    6. I thought I was going to love this book. Halfway through, I was sure I was going to love it. It ended up leaving me with a lot of thoughts, but mixed feelings. The fact that this brief children's book left me thinking quite deeply is a sign of how good the book was, but still. I think I wanted something different out of it in the end.One of the blurbs on the back of the book describes it as a "new folktale," and that's probably an apt description. The story tells the tale of a boy named Egan as [...]

    7. Very fast read, obviously, because it's a 120 page childrens book. I needed a break from the heavy-handed sci-fi that I was reading. I picked this up because I loved "Tuck Everlasting" and this was by the same author. I don't know about anyone else, but this book felt like a God allegory. A small village has a local legend of a mythical beast that lives at the top of a cliff on their mountain, which howls loudly during heavy rain/lighting storms. Everyone is scared of it (but also kind of fond o [...]

    8. I LOVED THIS BOOK. i loved uncle Ott's poems. I think unce Ott was my favorite character because he very wise. He was just so simple. I didn't understand at first, I ended up reading the book twice before really understand the message in this book (there are a few) but the one that really stuck with me is that simple can be rather good. Sometimes things don't have to be exaggerated to make it sound good. Simplicity is a really natural, good thing.

    9. This was an odd book. A fable of people believing something, even when the thing they believe in is proven wrong. I think it could have been more enjoyable for me, had I gone into it knowing it wasn't terribly 'brilliant' in its outcome. I'll put it in my classroom library and perhaps my students will enjoy it.

    10. This is a quick read "fable-like" book. Interesting theme, my favorite quote, "Is it better to be wise if it makes you solemn and practical, or is it better to be foolish so you can go on enjoying tourself?"Something to think about.

    11. This is my favorite of all Babbitt's books. Her style of writing here reminds me of Hermann Hesse, sort of mystical and dreamy. Highly recommended!

    12. Book 12Rating: 3 starsKneeknock Rise Egan goes to his Aunt’s and Uncle’s house for a big fair in Instep. His little cousin, Ada, shows him around and tells him about the mystery of the hill Kneeknock Rise. She says a monster lives at the top of the hill and will eat anyone who tries to disturb it. Then the big fair arrives and Egan is full of excitement. He buys all his family members a gift and is having a great time. Once the fair is over, and storms starts to settle in, Ada dares Egan to [...]

    13. Summary: This exciting chapter book tells the story of a young boy named Egan who visits his extended family in a town called Instep where just outside the town resides a mysterious phenomena that sits atop a rise. Egan is challenged by his cousin to explore what is on the rise and what he finds is a mystery in itself.Evaluation: I enjoyed reading this book because it had a lot of passages that were a little difficult to read so overall this would be a challenging, yet interesting book for upper [...]

    14. 1971 Newbery Honor BookThis is a fairly short story about a boy named Egan who travels to a town named Instep to go to the local fair. The town is in the shadow of Kneeknock Rise, part of the mountain where a terrible monster named the Megrimum dwells. The villagers will not travel there and live in fear of its wrath.Natalie Babbitt is generally noted for her book Tuck Everlasting even though this book is the one which won the Newbery honor. I see a lot of parallels between this book and Tuck, w [...]

    15. Knee-Knock Rise By Natalie Babbitt is about a young boy named Egan who goes to visit relatives in a village called Instep. Instep is close by a strange cliff they call KneeKnock Rise. On the very top of this cliff is mist, and on stormy nights when its cold, a creature they called Megrimum will appear. No one in Instep has gone to the top of the cliff in a thousand years. No one in Instep can sleep. I thought this was a good interesting book. It was a very short read; I recommend this book to pe [...]

    16. I have only previously read Tuck Everlasting, so my Babbitt exposure is still in its infancy, but this book was delightful. If not a bit slow.The characters were distinct, even if they weren’t all likable *cough*Ada*cough*, and the book’s overall message was very wise-albeit a little too on-the-nose in the current social climate here in the US. The foreshadowing with Orr’s verses was very clever, and the ending was very fitting.

    17. I read the book Kneeknock Rise by: Natalie Babbitt. This book is about a boy that live so far from a village that every year he goes for the festival. When it was the day that he had to go his uncle pick him up and he was going to ride a mule and his uncle on a horse. The boy say that the mule was so slow sometimes and sometimes you could not stop her. In the village all the peoples that live there are scared of the megrimum that is on the top of the kneeknock rise mountain because when it rains [...]

    18. Thought I might use this as a companion read-aloud for my class's novel study ofTuck Everlasting. But, I don't think it will work. It will work, however, for sharing beautiful descriptive passages.

    19. This book was a read-aloud in our home. It inspired many conversations among the children. This was the first of Natalie Babbitt's writings we have read, and according to many reviews, her other works were enjoyed very much, which inspires our home to read more of her offerings.

    20. young reader book, fast easy fun read with a deeper insight at the end that reminds readers to believe in something!

    21. From the author of Tuck Everlasting… which I haven’t read, but I’m assuming some of you have. ;)The Story.Egan is excited to be visiting his cousins in Instep village for their annual Fair. After all, exciting things never happen in his own city! But what promises to be even more exciting than the fair is the Megrimmum.Looking down on Instep is a mountain called Kneeknock Rise. This is where the Megrimmum lives. No one has ever seen the Megrimmum, but they’ve heard its howls and screams [...]

    22. April 29, 2013 I've read several books since the last Good Reads. I enjoyed "Tuck Everlasting" so much, that I've tried to get, and read more books by Natalie Babbitt. I don't enjoy fiction books as much as realistic fiction books, but Natalie Babbitt can make the fiction books great! So now I need to tell you the book I'm reading! Knee Knock Rise, obviously by Natalie Babbitt! So I should probably follow the directions about what our Good Reads this week is supposed to be about.Egan is the most [...]

    23. The book Kneeknock Rise was about a boy named Egan that went to the town Instep to visit his aunt, uncle, and cousin. Every night when it rained outside, he heard a creature that the townspeople called the Megrimum moan on the top of the mountain Kneeknock Rise. One day he decided to climb it. It stopped raining when he got to the top. All of a sudden he found his missing uncle. His uncle told him that there was no Megrimum, there was only a spring that made that sound when ever it stormed becau [...]

    24. In a land of flat plains there sits a ridge of hill, and on the very top one, the one always embraced by a cloak of mist, there dwells a beast. The people of Instep, the town closest to Kneeknock Rise, hold a fair each autumn, when the weather turns surly and the Megrimum atop the hill begins to moan. It is to this fair that Egan is bound. Here he learns the nature of the beast, and the best ways to ward it off – candles, onions, wishbones, poppies and bells. Especially bells. Bright-eyed peop [...]

    25. DELICIOUS FANTASY OF GROUP TERRORYoung Egan is traveling by chandler's cart to the distant village of Instep, to enjoy their annual fair, where he willstay with relatives. (The setting is deliberately vague as to country and date.) But the guests and tourists expect much more than a delightful day in the country with special foods, games and craft booths. They want mist, rain and a big storm as a lugubrious prelude to the audible terror who dwells at the top of a mound called Kneeknock Rise. (We [...]

    26. This was a perfect little fable-like tale. The language was wonderful: "It moaned like a lonely demon, like a mad despairing animal, like a huge and anguished something chained forever in its own great tragic disappointments." Wow. The story itself is quite thought-provoking. I thought it was spot on in its depiction of people who sorta-kinda know deep down that there isn't really a monster, but want to believe there is because it makes life more interesting. I know a lot of people don't like th [...]

    27. This book was great. My 8-year-old enjoyed it as well. I thought she'd be too spooked by the lurking presence up on the rise, but she wasn't. She even thought it was funny that it turned out to be not what everyone expected. I liked the writing. There are some especially beautiful passages of prose and that is why I gave it 5 stars, even though I thought a few of the characters weren't my favorites (the cousin was obnoxious!). This paragraph-especially the end- in particular made me pine for boo [...]

    28. Natalie Babbitt is one of my favorite authors from my childhood, and set a goal to read four award-winning books this year, so I figured I'd reread Kneeknock Rise. It's a Newbery Honor Book and I had forgotten some of the details, plus it's a super quick read. I read it in just a few hours, with breaks to eat and talk with friends. I love Babbitt's writing because of how beautifully she uses words and imagery, so the quality of her writing always deserves five stars in my opinion. However, I fou [...]

    29. Yaya: I remember when Ethan climbed up Kneeknock rise and he find a laughing man called Uncle Ott. On the bottom of Kneeknock Rise there was a cave with a spring. There was a Megrimum on Kneeknock rise and it was a hole in the ground. Uncle Ott said it's possible if the people want to believe in the Megrimum because they didn't want to believe in Ethan. A rock from the mountain came and they said that's the Megrimum. I remember when Annabelle was under the bed and the aunt said, "come out there, [...]

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