Paperback, 32 pages
Published by HarperColl (1989-09-07)
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Amazon Description‘This story of the death and reincarnation of a Tibetan woodcutter is a beautifully gentle look at one human being dealing with life’s choices and possibilities.’ —SLJ. ‘The impact of its peaceful message will reverberate long after the last page is read.’ —H.
Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1987 (NYT)
Notable 1987 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)
1988 Choices (Association of Booksellers for Children)
1987 Choices: The Year's Best Books (Publishers Weekly)
1987 Children's Books (NY Public Library)
One Potato Review
A story about reincarnation, yes, like It’s a Wonderful Life is a story about an angel getting his wings. Recalling George Bailey, this Tibetan farmer dreams of traveling the world, but must instead content himself with barely getting by in all of the ordinary ways. Courtesy of a baritone voice in the heavens, he gets to pick his next life, and finds himself drawn gradually back to all of his old identities but one. The text is plainspoken, and Gerstein’s illustrations so whimsical and panoramic, that through all of the supernatural intrusion, the end arrives strangely uplifting, no matter how many times you think you’ve seen it.
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