And then there is Arnold Lobel. I think the great children’s book authors are the best philosophers, and Arnold Lobel is up there with the best of them.
Ming Lo Moves the Mountain is a simple, short, humorous folktale, but as I consider the theme maybe I need to read it as much or more than young children do! How often do we as adults waste energy trying to change what cannot be changed?
Crime Scene [Setting]
Village, near a mountain
Possibly long ago
Seems to happen all in one day
Ming Lo and wife—adults, not very wise
Wise Man—wise, but did not make advice easy for Ming Lo and his wife
[Maybe older students could discuss why the wise man might have given such poor advice the first three times. Did Ming Lo and his wife need to know that the mountain could not be moved?]