A Tibetan woodcutter dreams of exploring the world, but is too busy with his life to ever leave his valley. After he dies, he is taken on a journey through the cosmos and al the places on Earth as he makes choices that lead him to a new life. First published as part of the debut list fo Barefoot Books in 1993, this gentle and inspiring look at life after death is jut as relevant today.
" 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. He ponders over swirling galaxies and sparkling stars, each time following his heart and each time choosing what is dear to him: a landscape that looks familiar, parents whose loving faces seem to wink and smile in welcome to him. After all his decisions are made, the woodcutter's ultimate choice is to return as a little girl, thus continuing the never-ending cycle of life. 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 inThe Mountains of Tibet. Ages 7-up. " (Publisher's Weekly)
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