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Mountains of Tibet, The Paperback – September 7, 1989


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperColl; Reprint edition (September 7, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064432114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064432115
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A tenderly told story about an old woodcutter and his choices when he faces the chance to live life over again. Ages 7-up.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2 Up This story of the death and reincarnation of a Tibetan woodcutter is a beautifully gentle look at one human being dealing with life's choices and possibilities. As a boy, he thought about other worlds that he would someday visit; as a man, he thought of other countries and people, yet ``he was always busy with his work and his wife and children.'' After his death, he is given the option of being part of ``the endless universe some call heaven'' or living another life, and he chooses another life. The choices which follow take him through all the galaxies, stars, planets, creatures, peoples, countries, and parents before arriving at the final twist in this journey back to where he had beenalmost. Thus, the story comes full circle. The quiet, rhythmic text is in perfect unity with the softly colored but radiant watercolor and gouache illustrations, leaving readers with a sense of wholeness and resolution. The golden borders neatly tuck the story in and add to its feeling of satisfaction and quiet joy. The real world scenes are in neatly boxed frames while the worlds of possibilities are displayed in mandala-like circular drawings. The main character, pictured in his small personal mandala, shows a range of emotions and dance-like movement. The kites held by the children in three scenes connect the multiple worlds of the story, providing both a grounding in the world we know and a means to soar beyond it. Children will appreciate the well-told tale and the joyous satisfaction of being one's own self in a large and magical world. Kay E. Vandergrift, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers Univ . , New Brunswick, N.J.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I have read Gerstein's childrens' book to children and adults!
Kathryn Bond (katie@ipns.com)
This gorgeous book, which tells such a gentle lovely story, has really comforted my son, which is invaluable.
LisaM
I checked this out of the library and read it when I was 4 and have loved it ever since.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
I heard this book from my child's psychologist. This book helps my daughter trememdously in the time in dealing with her father's tragic death. My daughter found it extremely comforting to know that not only her daddy was not in any pain, but also he got to make all those wonderful choices. She likes the endling that the main character comes back as a girl and still got to keep some sort of memory from previous life (love to fly a kite). Now she talks about her daddy could come back to earth as a seed to become a maple tree or a catepillar, then change into a most beautiful butterfly. She vows to be kind to all living things for they might be her daddy or some one she knows from the sky. In short, this book opens a great way to bring compassion and kindness into a child'd world. It transformed a tragic incident to a defining moment for my family. This book also comforts me dealing with my loss.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2002
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This book is one of the best children's books I have ever read. It is also a wonderful, thoughtful book for adults to read. It has many messages - not the least of which is that the woodcutter thought he wanted to go different places while he was alive, but when given the choice he choose to live his life over again, but as a girl. His life had been happy. This message is important in today's world of always wanting more than you have. Although this book deals with the concept of re-incarnation it really does not exclude what a Christian child has been taught. I read this to my 6 year old last night and she had a lot of questions. I was able to explain to her that no one knows exactly what happens after you die, but these are some possibilities. He could have gone to heaven (Christian) or could come back to live another life (Buddist). This is a wonderful way to introduce Buddism to children. As another reader pointed out, the concept of having your loved ones around you in a different form is very comforting. The illustrations are also wonderful.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2001
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This book might be simple to read, but the meaning goes very deep. Like one of the readers said, the kids will get different meaning out of it at different ages. I read the book with my kids when they were very young, and this has been one of our favorite books. My kids are 14 and 15 now, and we are still talking and discussing about what the book teaches us about our lives.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1996
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The cycle of a young child's life, then
death, and after-life is explained in a beautifully
simple way. When death comes to a family, there is
no easy way to explain it to a very young child (up to 7).
This book softly describes the journey through a series
of choices and can be interpreted many ways (reincarnation,
heaven, etc). I have lent it to my friends over the years
to help during hard times and the children (as well as the
parents) have really appreciated it -- I believe it is
a must-have for the library. It is a great pleasure to
read aloud to my son and we have many times over
the years.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cma on December 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
We first started reading this book to our son when he was two. He is now nearly seven, evolving, emerging as all children do. The book, as we revisit it from time to time, speaks to each of us on different levels and in different ways, as all classics do. Deceptively simple, profound, beautifully drawn - it takes one through the stages of life and then into the mysterious realm of death where, you find, there is a choice: to come back, reborn as anything, anywhere in the universe (more choices) or to remain in the heavenly realm. Perhaps is is the message of choice, so dear to humans, that makes this a curiously reassuring book. I give it the highest recommendation for both children and adults alike...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Laundry Never Ends on August 18, 2003
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If you have lost someone and you are more Buddist in beliefs, this is a wonderful comforting book. For those who believe in " Go directly to Heaven, do not do a do-over." need not apply.
I bought mine to help my children with the deaths of their two uncles ( my brothers who were critically ill from a hereditary disease) over a span of two years. While my children were a little young ( 4 and 2) to grasp the theme of the book, over time, and various readings of it, they start conversations about it and ask simple questions.
It can give great comfort and a sense of peace.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Bond (katie@ipns.com) on October 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have read Gerstein's childrens' book to children and adults! It is simple elegance with beautiful illustrations. Everyone who reads this book, no matter the age, will have their imagination opened to the infinite possibilities of life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Andrews on September 16, 2003
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I was very glad to find a book that explores death and reincartation for children. My daughter is too young (2) to understand it yet, but the illustrations are fantastic, and I hope to use it in the future as a learning tool for her. I want her to know there are infinite possibilities after our time on this earth has passed.
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