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Post: Picture book set in Kansas

Posted by Andy Tyler on 11/01/07

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    This is a very powerful picturebook about a small boy
    building a snow-capped mountain in Kansas.

    Review
    Inspired by the quest for the impossible dream as written in
    the literary classic Don Quixote, Billy's Mountain is a
    picturebook about a young boy whose passion is the idea of
    creating a vast, snow-capped mountain amid Kansas' seemingly
    endless flat plains. At first he tries to build a mountain
    with dirt and rocks; he persists long after his friends tell
    him to give up, and a reporter puts his story in the paper.
    Amazingly, a wealthy and determined old African-American man
    named Jim learns of Billy's dream and decides to help make
    it come true. It takes bulldozers, railroad cars, and an
    immense amount of labor to create the mountain - but once
    risen the mountain blends with the landscape as the seasons
    pass and even attracts wildlife to its slopes. Utterly
    captivating, full-color illustrations done in a somewhat
    impressionistic style bring this beautiful and heartfelt
    picturebook to life. The final page of "Billy's Mountain"
    offers a simple lesson plan for teachers to use, offering
    questions to ask students such as, "Building a mountain is
    an almost impossible task. What are some things from the
    past that people thought were impossible but turned out not
    to be impossible?"

Billy's Mountain

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  • Picture book set in Kansas, 11/01/07, by Andy Tyler.