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The Mountain That Loved a Bird (Aladdin Picture Books) Paperback – Mar 2000

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2e8f00c) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2eaec24) out of 5 stars Beautiful story, great storytelling 17 July 2002
By ChristineMM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful story about a bird that visits a mountain once a year. Both can talk, and they visit with each other. The mountain is lonely. The bird explains she will die someday, that birds don't live long, but promises she will have her daughter visit when she is gone. She explains that she cannot live there as this mountain is barren, so she can visit only once per year. The mountain is lonely when she passes on and cries (a brook begins). The daughter does visit and she drops one seed per year. In the end the mountain is a thriving ecosystem where birds and animals can live year round, nourished by the water that the mountain created.
The book has longer prose than the usual picture books for this age range (more like the picture books published in the 1950s and 1960s). The illustrations are by Eric Carle, interesting and appealing collage format that he is famous for.
This is a tender and touching tale! It is not just a plain picture book prose, it truly is "storytelling".
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ea0018) out of 5 stars Beautiful 14 Nov. 2002
By Patrice A. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most beautiful books that I have ever read. It is love. Love that is indeed essential. Like water for chocolate type of love. Whenever I read this book it amazes me how as to how real the author personified the characters.
This story not only clarifies the necessity to of the need for love but it brings it forth with such astounding boldness. The mountain in its isolation literally almost gives up in the midst of its quest for companionship.
This book is not only a book for children -- it is can also be a literary piece for adults. In the quest for the mountain's security; the bird leaves behind generation upon generation of offspring to provide the mountain with a sense of love and security for many, many, many years to come.
Beautiful -- is a mere word that describes an element of something that is precious, astounding, and good. I cannot find the perfect word for this book. It seems to me that beautiful is hardly enough.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e9b5b8) out of 5 stars Beautiful story with a valuable life lesson 28 July 2006
By Kathleen M. O'Neill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book because of the title as a gift for a neighbor child who enjoys watching birds at the feeder between our houses. When it arrived from Amazon, I read through it to ensure it was the right kind of book to give as a gift. It was moving and beautiful. Having recently lost my father, the message of loss and acceptance was bittersweet and definitely drew my tears, making me wonder if it would be an inappropriate gift. But reading this as a child could be the kind of early preparation that could make it easier for people to accept great loss (as well as smaller disappointments) later in life. I remember gaining that kind of value as a child from books like "The Velveteen Rabbit." If that kind of message is something you'd like to expose your kids to gently, this is a wonderful book for that purpose.

More than that, though, it's beautifully illustrated, and the repetition within the story seems like a comforting device for many children.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ea0ec4) out of 5 stars It's about hope! 9 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book again while cleaning my daughter's room; I found it years ago and it is such a wonderful and uplifting story. Perhaps it was more than serendipity that I found it again, for it seemed the perfect message to send to an adult friend who needed some TLC -- for its main message, to my mind, is one of hope, and of believing in the power of love.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e9b5c4) out of 5 stars a loving fan 25 Aug. 2004
By book fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This wonderful book is not well known. I found it by accident and fell in love with it. To this day it still makes me cry. More children should be read this story. It is a beautiful story of hope and love. The hope that you will find love. It is great reading and has wonderful illustrations.

The book is more advanced and younger children may have a hard time reading it. But if ever you get the chance to read it to your children, I highly reccommend you do so. Alice McLerran is a fantastic storyteller, who makes the characters come to life.
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