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Ming lo Moves the Mountain

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Ming Lo's wife is angry. The couple live beside a big mountain which causes them no end of trouble. Shadows fall over their garden. Rocks fall through their roof. And it is always raining. "Husband," says Ming Lo's wife, "you must move the mountain so that we may enjoy our house in peace." But how can a man as small as Ming Lo move something as large as a mountain? Maybe the village wise man can help. This whimsical literary folktale is set in China.

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Overview

Ming Lo's wife is angry. The couple live beside a big mountain which causes them no end of trouble. Shadows fall over their garden. Rocks fall through their roof. And it is always raining. "Husband," says Ming Lo's wife, "you must move the mountain so that we may enjoy our house in peace." But how can a man as small as Ming Lo move something as large as a mountain? Maybe the village wise man can help. This whimsical literary folktale is set in China.

A wise man tells Ming Lo how to move the mountain away from his house.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A mountain blocks the sun and rains rocks on Ming Lo's house; a wise man helps Ming Lo and his wife move their home but lets them think they have moved the mountain. ``The singular range and power of Lobel's books impress readers with each new work,'' PW observed. ``Radically different from his previous creations, the paintings are in subdued but rich tones.'' (48)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Ming Lo and his wife live in the shadow of a great mountain. Unfortunately, the mountain blocks their view and falling rocks leave leaky holes in their roof. Ming Lo seeks help from the wise man; he wants to move the mountain so that he and his wife may enjoy their home. Many suggestions fail, until finally they try dancing to the music of the moving mountain-a dance that begins with putting the left foot in a place behind the right, with eyes closed. Indeed, when they open their eyes, the mountain had moved! 1993 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688109950
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Series: One World Friends and Neighbors Series
  • Edition description: 1st Mulberry ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 162,743
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet 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.

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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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Cute book for my 5 year old!

    I like this book and so did my 5 year old. He laughed when he learned of Ming Lo's solution to moving the mountain.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Ming Lo moves more than the mountain

    Arnold Lobel is one of my favorite children's author/illustrators, and I bought this book on the strength of his name alone. Ming lo and his wife live in an unfortunate location--next to a large mountain--and would like something better. They ask the Wise Man in the village for advice, and try each of his suggestions, to no avail. Finally he teaches them the Dance of the Moving Mountain, which solves all their problems, and they live in peace and harmony.

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