June 3 – Chimborazo Day

Happy Chimborazo Day!

Chimborazo is the highest point on Earth, technically higher than Mt. Everest although it is a smaller mountain. This is because Chimborazo, in Equador, is closer to the equator where the Earth ‘bulges’ out, making it farther from the center of the Earth as shown in the diagram below. Location! Location! Location!


The best times to climb Chimborazo are in June and July. So you can pack your bags for a mountain climbing adventure, or just relax at home with some zenith picture books!


Ming Lo Moves the Mountain written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel (1993)

When Ming Lo’s wife insists that he move the mountain that is blocking the sun and raining on them day and night, Ming Lo goes to visit a wise man. The wise man suggests many ways Ming Lo might try to move the mountain, but none of them work. Finally, the wise man tells Ming Lo to do a dance with his wife and their house, they have moved out from under the shadow of the mountain. The moral of the story is that if you cannot move the mountain, you must move yourself.

920576When I Was Young in the Mountains written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Diane Goode (1982)

Cynthia Rylant wrote this poetic story about a little girl who lived with her grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. It is an authentic story about her own time spent with her grandparents, in which she remembers playing in the swimming hole, bathing in the kitchen, eating fried okra and cornbread, and sit on the back porch star gazing. The illustrations by Diane Goode are soft and tender, and won the Caldecott Honor Medal.

13603799The Bear Went Over the Mountain retold and illustrated by Iza Trapani (2012)

Iza Trapani, illustrator and author of many children’s rhymes and songs, has brought to life another classic. Sing along with the text and watch what happens as the bear goes over the mountain to see what he can see, and touch what he can touch,  and smell what he can smell, and best of all taste what he can taste.


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