Friday, May 7, 2010
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer. Grace Lin, author of the beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship. A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers.
I must confess: I have a weakness for Chinese art, people and places, not to mention stories.
This book is inspired by Chinese folklore starring a young girl named Minli. She lives in a poor village with a mother who is unhappy about their situation and a father who tells her wonderful stories.
Minli wants her family to be happy so she decides to seek their fortune on an adventure to ask the Man in the Moon how to do this.
Along the way, she meets many wonderful characters who give her help and advice.
The stories were all tied together and came back full circle.
Minli learned what mattered most as did her mother and father.
The illustrations were beautiful, traditional Chinese.
I found myself making my life into a folklore story the next day :) I wondered what each person that crossed my path had to offer me in my life. And did I have for them?
I loved this book and would add it to my library.