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The Littlest Mountain (Bible) Paperback – March 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Bible
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761344977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761344971
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A solid choice for Judeo-Christian collections that may be enjoyed in secular settings as well." --School Library Journal

"This is a delightful, unique tale that you might wish to consider adding to your library shelves!" --featheredquill.com

From the Author

A fable about the Ten Commandments.

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Barb Rosenstock often pretends to live in the past, although she's thankful for indoor plumbing, the Internet and instant cocoa. She resides outside Chicago with her husband, sons and two big poodles, who keep her sane (or insane) depending on the day. Barb loves true stories best and enjoys sharing her passion for writing at school visits.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AJL Reviews on July 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
God determines that the world needs rules, and He decides to "speak" from a mountain. But which mountain should it be? Mount Carmel is beautiful, Mount Hermon has three peaks, Mount Tabor is majestic, and Mount Gilboa has flower-filled meadows. According to the Midrash Rabbah (Bereshit 99:1), God chooses "little" Mount Sinai because idolatrous worship had been performed on the tops of all the others, and Sinai's unassuming and humble bearing is deemed the perfect spot. Barb Rosenstock's story expands the "conversations" between God and the mountains, as well as the decision making process. Melanie Hall's vibrant color illustrations give each mountain a distinct "personality." The story follows the Midrash closely, though some may still find fault with the anthropomorphism: God talking, and mountains talking, moving and dancing. But the eye-catching pictures, age appropriate language and subject matter make this appropriate for Shavuot and the Torah portion with the Ten Commandments (Yitro). It can be easily adapted for Readers' Theater, and it is highly recommended for all Jewish libraries.
Kathe Pinchuck
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Many people were calm and gentle, helping one another, yet others wielded their swords high to viciously fight their enemies. God grew impatient with his people and decided to call "all of the mountains together" to talk with them about the situation. The mountains agreed with God about the problems of the world and listened closely when he talked about giving them "laws to follow so that the world will finally know peace." God had a choice to make and that choice was which mountain was most suitable to deliver his message, a message that would lay out a set of rules for his people to follow and bring peace to the world.

The mountains began to churn with activity, spouting out their assets in order to curry favor with God. The winds began to whirl among the mountains and they "joined in a great circle and danced." They began to step forward, one by one, trying to convince him that they would be the perfect choice. There was one mountain, however, that stood back because "Its slopes were far too rocky for anyone to want." Mt. Sinai simply would not be a practical choice for anyone to use for such an honor. Mount Hermon, Mount Tabor, Mount Ebal, Mount Moriah and others were certain they were more than suitable for the task. Which mountain would be the one chosen to give God's message?

This simple, yet beautiful tale explains why God chose Mt. Sinai to deliver the Ten Commandments. According to the author, this tale is an adaptation of "The Contest of the Mountains" from the Midrash (Bereshit Rabbah 99:1). Each mountain carries with it the little quirks, good and bad, of the human personality. Mt. Sinai is quiet, modest, peaceful, and respectful of the others, qualities that God appreciated and wanted in a mountain that would deliver his message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Sparks on July 15, 2013
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In the 21st century--the age of Facebook, public display of every insignificant nuance of thought,
and mass narcissism--this ancient tale provides a moral lesson on the importance of humility, privacy,
and patience in the world. The Littlest Mountain is a giant of a story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jewish Book World Magazine on January 24, 2012
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In a dignified small picture book, narrative and landscape blend lyrically to tell the story of how God came to choose Mount Sinai as the place to give the Ten Commandments. Rosenstock adapted this ancient legend of "The Contest of the Mountains" from the Midrash Bereshit Rabbah. People have not been treating each other well, and God wants to give them rules to live by. Each mountain steps forward to claim the honor. Mount Carmel brags about its lushness; Mount Herman boasts about the popularity of its peaks and streams; Mount Tabor claims a place in history for rising above the floodwaters. After others, too, trumpet their superiority, God selects rocky Mount Sinai for humbly staying out of the fray and trusting God to make the decision. Language is direct and chiseled. Though the mountains are personified in words, they are always mountains in the illustrations, grandly painted in a pastel palette that bleeds to the edges of double-page spreads. In some, insets frame the actions of people. Sources are given. All in all a solid choice, recommended for ages 3-7.
Sharon Elswit
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By Shari A. Bradley on August 4, 2014
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Such a sweet, sweet story with a precious message and golden opportunity to share God with little ones. Thank you, Ms. Rosenstock, for your lovely story. Definitely recommend it for your littlest ones :-D
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