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Gerstein, Mordicai.
New York : HarperCollins, 1987
IL K-3, RL 4.3
ISBN 0064432114
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This tender story is about a Tibetan woodcutter who longs to travel to far away places but never does. After he dies in a small village, high in the mountains of Tibet, he is unexpectedly given the opportunity to be part of "the endless universe some call heaven" or reincarnated into any life form of his choice. Through careful decision-making, he finds himself arriving at a familiar place he never thought he would choose. Thus, the story makes a complete circle.

This uplifting story is beautifully written and looks at one human being dealing with life's choices and possibilities. Perhaps it is the message of choice, so beloved to humans, that makes this an inquisitively encouraging book. Whether or not you believe in the Buddhist concept of rebirth, this is a lovely story that offers a gentle, comforting perspective on what happens to us after we die. I give it the highest recommendation for both children and adults.  (Therese-Anne Wanstrath, teacher,

SUBJECTS:     Reincarnation -- Fiction.
                        Tibet (China) -- Fiction.

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