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About the Author

Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reissue edition (August 26, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688109950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688109950
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
Ming Lo and his wife live next to a mountain. The mountain constantly drops rocks on their house; clouds form at the peak and rain falls on their house (through the holes the rocks have already made) and it blocks the sun. Eventually, they have had enough!!
Ming Lo's wife sends him off to the village wise man that first tells them to run at the mountain with a large pole-this will knock the mountain far away. Of course, it doesn't work, so Ming Lo returns to the wise man many times to ask his advice. Each suggestion grows more and more silly until the last one that actually works!!
Mr. Label is most well known for his Frog and Toad books. The illustration style is similar with "Ming Lo", sharing similar muted colors but with softer outlines. The pictures highlight the foolishness of Ming Lo and his wife as they bang pots and pans at the mountain to scare it away or bring food to the summit to appease the mountain god. The wise man is an amusing character, sitting under a small pagoda in purple robes smoking a pipe (he produces more and more smoke each time that Ming Lo comes to ask him questions, to the point that he can barely be seen).
The story is easy to read and fun without being ridiculous. It's an excellent book for beginning readers and will keep children interested as they read on to find out what Ming Lo and his wife will be up to next! Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
i originally read this book to my child when she was about 4. this message so struck me that i bought a few copies for friends and asked their opinion. without exception, all were taken aback by the simple message in a childrens' book and it's clear and simple message for adults as well. i now keep copies on hand and always bring it as a house present to leave on a bedside table. or just instead of a card atop a gift. it is a beautifully written book that everyone loves with a universal message of empowerment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
what I liked about the book was that it was kind of funny. Because ming lo had to go back and forth to his house and to the wise man .But the wise man always told the wrong thin like to give some bread because the mountain might be hungry and thats why it didn't move.And also like to hit the montain with

wood and make alot of noise, but at the end the wise man told

ming lo to take all his stuff far from the mountain and they

were never have problem with the mountain agin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Ballen on February 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I had this book when I was younger- I'm 20 now. I was thinking about a story I read when I was younger about a couple who moved a mountian (or at least thought they did). I also remembered the Reading Rainbow rendition. I searched all over the Internet for the title because I no longer have it, or can't find it. Then I remembered it was a Scholastics! book. Here it is 10+ years later and I still want to read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hostess Lady on April 5, 2013
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The mountain cannot move, so we must move our perception of the mountain. Ming Lo teaches us to understand the things we can and cannot change and how to manage our lives in response. I shared this with staff and many resented me for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KSL on August 23, 2004
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Ming Lo and his wife love their home, but not that their house is at the bottom of a big mountain, which caused them nothing but unhappiness. Their roof always had holes from falling rock. It rained often under the mountain and with a roof full of holes it meant their rooms where damp and when the sun did shine it's warmth warmed the house and it was difficult to grow anything.

One day Ming Lo's wife told him he must move the mountain so that they may enjoy their house in peace. Ming lo replies that he's just man, how can he move a mountain? Ming Lo's wife knows of a wise man who lives in the village and tells him he should go and ask this wise man. And so Ming Lo does. Each time doing exactly as the wise man tells him and each time the mountain did not move. Finally the wise man told Ming that he must take his house apart stick by stick .They would carry these bundles in their arms and on their heads, and then face the mountain and close their eyes. Next the wise man said you must dance the dance of the moving mountain. You must do this for many hours and when you open your eyes you will see the mountain has moved. So Ming Lo and his wife did as they where told and when they opened their eyes... the mountain dance had worked and the mountain was now far away!

Arnold Lobel has a beautiful book with soft colored drawing! A great book to have as part of your childs' library.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Medina on August 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I first heard this story being read to my fifth grade class. It was a story that I would never forget because it was both hilarious and detailed. Here I am, years later buying a copy for my unborn child to enjoy when she comes into the world..
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Ming Lo and his wife live at the foot of a large mountain. They love their house, but the mountain poses a problem. Several problems. These are the problems the mountain poses: rocks break loose from the cliffs and the roof is full of holes; the rain falls through the holes; the mountain hides the sun and in its shadow the flowers and vegetables grow thin and sparse.

"Husband, you must move the mountain," says Ming Lo's wife, at last, "so that we may enjoy our house in peace."

But how will a man such as Ming Lo move the mountain? He turns to the wise man who lives in the village. And the wise man who lives in the village is full of great ideas.

" Go home, Ming Lo. Cut down the tallest, thickest tree you can find. Push this tree against the side of the mountain with all your strength. This is the way that you will move the mountain."

Well that's the first great idea. But Ming Lo has no luck moving the mountain.

" ...take the pots and pans from your kitchen," says the wise man. "Hold a spoon in each one of your hands. With these spoons, hit the pots and pans as hard as you can. Raise your voice in loud shouts and cries. The mountain will be frightened by the noise. This is the way that you will move the mountain."

Alas, idea #2 is a bomb. And idea #3 doesn't pan out either. So the old man resorts to a very sly tactic to move the mountain. It's totally harebrained, and you will have to suspend your disbelief and wonder at the daftness of these characters. But it's a truly fun read.

Because I'm impressed by the originality of the theme, I would give the book a 4.5 stars if I could.
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