The Littlest Mountain

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

God realizes that the people of the world need rules to live by, and decides to speak to them from a mountaintop. Beautiful Mount Carmel, tall Mount Hermon, and majestic Mount Tabor all vie for the honor of being chosen. But little Mount Sinai is silent. Which mountain will God select?

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV033000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.375 x 8.125
Lexile 680
ATOS Reading Level 4.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 144342
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Barb Rosenstock

Orbis Pictus Honoree Barb Rosenstock grew up in a rural suburb south of Chicago. She married and raised two sons who loved picture books, so Barb read thousands of them. She started writing for children while finishing a Master's Degree in teaching.

Illustrator: Melanie Hall

Melanie Hall grew up in Manchester-By-the-Sea, Massachusetts. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and Pratt Institute, receiving her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute. She went on to earn her Master's Degree at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she studied children's book illustration. She is the illustrator of over twenty-five children's books.


Jewish Woman

“The story teaches children the importance of looking past surface traits, in favor of deeper meaning. Understanding this, children can begin to view themselves and others from the inside out. In a world polluted with materialism and vanity, the heartfelt message of The Littlest Mountain gives Jewish families a vital resource to help children stay grounded and aware of what is real.” —Jewish Woman

Publishers Weekly

“This contemporary fable, based on a rabbinic legend in the Midrash, explains why God chose to deliver the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. While an early illustration depicts human domestic activity and violence, inset against mountain backdrops, the majority of Hall’s (Every Second Something Happens) full-bleed, pastel-hued paintings portray the singular beauty and identifying physical characteristics of each mountain vying to be God’s choice location. Rosenstock’s (Fearless: The Story of Racing Legend Louise Smith) story unfolds as the mountains boast of their merits; Mount Tabor proclaims, ‘God will choose me. Remember, I kept my head above water during the great flood,’ while the corresponding image shows a green mountaintop emerging from vast waters. In contrast, the narrator records that ‘little Mount Sinai,’ stands back from the crowd, until called upon by God. In a rhythmic narrative formula, God hears from each mountain and then responds, assessing the spiritual characteristics underlying the boasting, before rewarding the humblest mountain with the greatest honor. A predictable but satisfying tale.” —Publishers Weekly

Chicago Jewish Star

“For kids ages 3-8 The Littlest Mountain by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Melanie Hall ($7.95 pb) offers up the story of Mount Sinai, and why God selected it over all the mountains as the place to give the Ten Commandments.

Not tall, not bold, not lush or majestic, humble Mount Sinai was God’s choice.

The lesson derived from this is just right for youngsters.” —Chicago Jewish Star Magazine

School Library Journal

“A solid choice for Judeo-Christian collections that may be enjoyed in secular settings as well.” —School Library Journal