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The Mountain That Loved a Bird: McLerran, Alice

The Mountain That Loved a Bird

McLerran, Alice

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ISBN 10: 0887080006 / ISBN 13: 9780887080005
Published by Picture Book Studio, Natick, MA, 1985
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Presumed first. No additional printings listed; the two Carle books published by Picture Book Studio the following year are not mentinoned while the other two published in 1985 are. Glossy boards, decorated end papers. Book is lovely: pages crisp, with no "handling"; very clean and bright. Very nice color quality, heavy paper. Tiny area on very corner of free front end paper where something was erased; see photos. NEAR FINE. Jacket is clean and bright, no chipping or tears, price intact on flap. Bookseller Inventory # 93092807

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Title: The Mountain That Loved a Bird

Publisher: Picture Book Studio, Natick, MA

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Carle, Eric

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Not Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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A beautiful bird brings life to a lonely, barren mountain.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3 A gentle, loving tale of friendship, devotion and hope. A desolate stone mountain lives alone in the middle of a desert: nothing grows or lives on it. When Joy, a small bird, stops to rest on one of the mountain's ledges, the mountain is overwhelmed by the softness of the bird's body and begs her to stay. Explaining that the mountain can provide neither food nor drink, she flies on, but promises to return each spring for a few hours. Knowing that mountains live forever and birds do not, she also promises to name a daughter Joy, who in turn will name a daughter Joy and so on, so that the mountain will always have a friend. After 100 years, when the mountain is saddened by yet another Joy's departure, his heart breaks, and tears of sadness come pouring out. A stream is born, and in the following years, Joy brings seeds to plant. Eventually, the mountain's tears of sadness turn into tears of happiness, transforming both itself and the desert into green, fertile worlds. This story contains all the key elements of a folk tale: rhythm, repetition and universality. Children will feel sorry for the mountain as it despairs and will rejoice as it comes to life. Carle's identifiable collage illustrations are a perfect and powerful complement to the story, ranging from somber and gray to joyous and bright, with vibrant shades of red, blue and green. A story that children will want to hear again and again.Laura Bacher, St. Catherine's School, Richmond, Va.
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