Ming Lo Moves the Mountain

Ming Lo Moves the Mountain

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by Arnold Lobel

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After several unsuccessful attempts at moving the mountain, the wise man offers Ming-Lo and his wife the wisest solution of all.  See more details below


After several unsuccessful attempts at moving the mountain, the wise man offers Ming-Lo and his wife the wisest solution of all.

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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Harpercollins Childrens Books
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Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

During his distinguished career Arnold Lobel wrote and/or illustrated over 70 books for children. To his illustrating credit, he had a Caldecott Medal book -- Fables (1981) -- and two Caldecott Honor Books-his own Frog and Toad are Friends (1971) and Hildilid's Night by Cheli Duran Ryan (1972). To his writing credit, he had a Newbery Honor Book -- Frog and Toad Together (1973). But to his greatest credit, he had a following of literally millions of young children with whom he shared the warmth and humor of his unpretentious vision of life.

Though he was a born storyteller -- he began making up stories extemporaneously to entertain his fellow second-graders in Schenectady, New York, where he grew up in the care of his grandparents. Mr. Lobel called himself a "lucky amateur" in terms of his writing. Viewing himself as a professionally trained illustrator (he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute), he said, "I know how to draw pictures. With writing, I don't really know what I'm doing. It's very intuitive."

In addition to the Frog and Toad books, Owl at Home, Mouse Tales, The Book of Pigericks, and many other popular books he created, Mr. Lobel also illustrated other writers' texts that captured his fancy. He viewed this as "something different and challenging." Often his illustrations for those books showed a different aspect of his personality and his artistic expertise, ranging from his meticulous dinosaurs in Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish to his chilling pen-and-ink drawings in Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep by Jack Prelutsky, about which Booklist wrote, "Young readers willbe amazed that the gentle Lobel of Frog and Toad fame can be so comfortably diabolic."

In 1977 Mr. Lobel and his wife, Anita, a distinguished children's book author and artist in her own right, collaborated on their first book, How the Rooster Saved the Day, chosen by School Library Journal as one of the Best Books of the Year, 1977. They then collaborated on three more books, A Treeful of Pigs, a 1979 ALA Notable Book; On Market Street, a 1982 Caldecott Honor Book; and The Rose in My Garden, a 1984 Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book.

Arnold Lobel died in 1987.

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Ming Lo Moves the Mountain 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
cmlo More than 1 year ago
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.
HedgeWitch More than 1 year ago
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.