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Book Description

When The Green Tiger Press first published this book in 1981 Publisher's Weekly said in its review: "Three mountains just sit, day and night, until a catalog arrives in their remote desert location. Studying the offerings, one mountain decides to order 43 giraffes; the second sends for 61 turtles; and the third decides on 52 bears. The animals arrive in due time, kicking off blithe happenings that grow out of the hosts' ideas for making the company feel at home and the guests' generous reciprocation of favors. The mountains order refrigerators full of food, decks of playing cards, records for dancing and (of course) a record player, and other things the animals delight in. Their gifts to the mountains are depicted in the last pages of Tomkins' exhilaration flight of fancy, a love of a book with pictures so cleverly drawn that the author makes one eager to believe his tale."

About the Author

Jasper Tomkins is the author and illustrator of eleven books (with many more waiting in the wings). Among them, The Catalog, winning the International Children’s Book Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and the National Children’s Choice Award. Nimby received the Washington State Children’s Choice Award and The Hole in the Ocean, the National Parent’s Choice Award. For his The Sky Jumps Into Your Shoes At Night he received the National Children’s Choice Award.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Laughing Elephant (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883211751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883211752
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.3 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 14, 1999
Format: Library Binding
This is a wonderful book for children of all ages (I'm forty-something and I still love it). It tells the story of three mountains who receive mail order catalogs ( yes, they have mail boxes) and the items they subsequently order. It is a fanciful story with whimsical black and white ink drawn illustrations. Jasper Tomkins' unique imagination makes this a special book which I hope I'll never outgrow.
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I was so excited to finally find this book! This was one of my favorite books literally in the 2nd-3rd grade. Now that I have kids that age, I am so happy that I get to share this book with them -- and they love it too!! I have three boys which is why they love it because they all pick a "mountain" they would like to be :) My nephews have enjoyed it as well.
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In 1986 Jasper Tomkins read to my class at Lake Forrest Park elementary in Seattle, Washington. He autographed my book and it became my favorite. I read it to my kids and they now love it! It's worn around the edges but still in great shape. I'm going to buy one for my nephew!
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I don't know what made me remember this book tonight. I'm thirty-one years old. I was approximately five to seven years old when Mr. Tompkins visited us at the Ritzville school library. He read "The Catalog" to y class. I bought a copy of the book and Mr. Tompkins placed his name in the inside cover next to a quick sketch of a mountain and a bear. I had forgotten the book till tonight, when a came to the sad realization that I do not possess the book anymore and I have no idea where or when I lost it. I love the simple line drawings and the fun and simple story of cooperation and friendship and sharing. What an exciting book for a child to learn those traits from!
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This is a sweet book. It talks about the difference between just wanting a pet, and taking care of it. But that's all in the background - the foreground is a story about kind mountains, who do something thoughtless, and then make it right, and there is a nice twist at the end. My 6 year old loved it.
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