THE MOUNTAINS OF TIBET by Mordicai Gerstein


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Reincarnation is the basic theme of this slight but enjoyable picture book. After reading the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Gerstein was inspired to write about a Tibetan woodcutter who loves to fly kites and lived a good life, but had no chance to go out and see the world. After death, he is offered a chance at a new life, anywhere in the universe. He chooses one galaxy, one star, one planet, one life form, one type of person and ends up back in Tibet flying kites, but this time as a girl--which makes it a reassuring story about enjoying being yourself rather than a fearful one about avoiding risk. The pictures are cheerful and cartoon like, with a basic soft grayish-blue dominating the palette. The story is presented in standard fairy-tale form, so it should not be upsetting to any religious tenets. Good for a bedtime story, it could also be used with groups, although the pictures are too small to project well.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1987
ISBN: 0064432114
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harper & Row