Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/4/12
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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 and Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers.
Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of Starry River of the Sky, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, When the Sea Turned to Silver, The Year of the Dog, The Year of the Rat, Dumpling Days, and the Ling & Ting series, as well as picture books such as The Ugly Vegetables and Dim Sum for Everyone! Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design
It is one of our favorite books of all time. The way the author weaves stories together through time and characters is masterful. The theme of choosing happiness through gratitude is one that resonated with all of us so deeply. This book really affected our core while always feeling natural and self discovered.
The discussion questions at the end were perfect and we especially enjoyed the personal section where the author described her process for evolving this story from traditional Chinese stories to her first hand experience traveling to China to her own cultural identity to what it became: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – we were fascinated by every word.
Add this to your family reading list.
Near a river of salty water, greedy monkeys defended a peach orchard they had just discovered. As Minli approached the rolling stream, a muffled voice broke through the warm clear water. To her astonishment, a brilliant red dragon called out for aid, bound tightly in twine. He had been attacked by the monkeys, who feared his inroads into their orchard. Freed from his bonds, the wingless dragon invited her to climb on his back. He would help her find the Never-Ending Mountain.
Their journey to the Mountain and the Old Man of the Moon brought them to the City of Bright Moonlight, with its clever King and faithful Guardians. In the Inner City, the leaves of the plum trees shone like emeralds. Bamboo and pine trees sparkled like jewels in the sun. Minli and her dragon received two treasures of infinite worth. Joyfully they headed out from the blessed city, clambering over steep and rocky ground. In the wilderness the two heroes were attacked by the brutal Green Tiger, whose poisonous claws brought death to his victims.
Minli’s quick wits had seen her through many perilous adventures. Alone in the wasteland, these gifts alone could not save them. The story that follows is a wonderful tapestry of friendship, generosity and deep courage. Beautifully written, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a graceful and powerful tale.
Grace Lin is a Newberry Honor Winner, National Book Award Finalist, and New York Times bestselling author..
Grace Lin's story has both an large ark and then small somewhat updated adaptations of Chinese fairy tales. It's a wondrous mix.
Minli is a heroic and sweet young girl who wants to change the fortune for her parents. She goes on an amazing journey through kingdoms and forests meeting all the types of people and animals and adventures that I personally would love to join.
The ending is beautifully done. The story seems to accelerate to the last page. My children from ages 6 to 11 loved it. We will read her other stories. Well recommended for families that enjoy reading together.