The Mountains of Tibet (new edition)
Awards and Honors
New York Times Outstanding Children's Books of 1987
New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1987
Association of Booksellers Choices for 1988
NCSS/CBC: Notable 1987 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies
From Publishers Weekly:
In this fantasy of reincarnation, a humble Tibetan woodcutter dies without ever realizing his dream to "see the world.” But in death he is offered a second chance. All he has to do is choose the place and form of life most appealing to him. … The selection process is both a philosophical journey and a joyful homecoming; readers may want to cry out, ``But of course!'' every time the woodcutter narrows his choices. Gerstein's exquisite watercolor and gouache illustrations are worthy of framing, displaying the whirling chaos of indecision, the vast number of planets, cities and people from which to choose, and the small, twinkly-eyed girl who flies kites in The Mountains of Tibet.