Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
were an integral part of my childhood. Raised in a television free
home, I spent most of my time reading. Not just for
entertainment...books were how I learned about people, the world, right
and wrong, good and evil. I loved myths and fairy tales. Books such as
Aesop's Fables, the Brothers Grimm, the Chronicles of Narnia, Pippi
Longstocking, the Wizard of Oz and Winnie the Pooh (just to name a VERY
few) helped shape the "grown-up" me. I would have loved Where the
Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.
with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, tells the
story of Minli, a young Chinese girl. She lives in a poor village
underneath a stark mountain and every day her mother expresses her
discontent. Inspired by her fathers stories, Minli sets out to find the
Old Man of the Moon to ask him how to change their fortune. Along her
journey she meets many different characters who help her and hears many
new stories. The structure is great....lots of little stories within the
main tale. Weaving fables and folklore into a new and original tale.
At first I thought it a bit simple..then I began reading through the
eyes of a child and I was very impressed. Grace Lin has crafted a
wonderful, beautifully written tale.
As a children's book..I highly recommend Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
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