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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Paperback – April 12, 2011
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Starred Review. Grade 3-6–Living in the shadow of the Fruitless Mountain, Minli and her parents spend their days working in the rice fields, barely growing enough to feed themselves. Every night, Minli's father tells her stories about the Jade Dragon that keeps the mountain bare, the greedy and mean Magistrate Tiger, and the Old Man of the Moon who holds everyone's destiny. Determined to change her family's fortune, Minli sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon, urged on by a talking goldfish who gives her clues to complete her journey. Along the way she makes new friends including a flightless dragon and an orphan and proves her resourcefulness when she tricks a group of greedy monkeys and gets help from a king. Interwoven with Minli's quest are tales told by her father and by those she meets on the way. While these tales are original to Lin, many characters, settings, and themes are taken from traditional Chinese folklore. The author's writing is elegant, and her full-color illustrations are stunning. Minli's determination to help her family, as well as the grief her parents feel at her absence, is compelling and thoroughly human.–Jennifer Rothschild, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Oxon Hill, MD
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*Starred Review* In this enchanted and enchanting adventure, Minli, whose name means “quick thinking,” lives with her desperately poor parents at the confluence of Fruitless Mountain and the Jade River. While her mother worries and complains about their lot, her father brightens their evenings with storytelling. One day, after a goldfish salesman promises that his wares will bring good luck, Minli spends one of her only two coins in an effort to help her family. After her mother ridicules what she believes to be a foolish purchase, Minli sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon, who, it is told, may impart the true secret to good fortune. Along the way, she finds excitement, danger, humor, magic, and wisdom, and she befriends a flightless dragon, a talking fish, and other companions and helpmates in her quest. With beautiful language, Lin creates a strong, memorable heroine and a mystical land. Stories, drawn from a rich history of Chinese folktales, weave throughout her narrative, deepening the sense of both the characters and the setting and smoothly furthering the plot. Children will embrace this accessible, timeless story about the evil of greed and the joy of gratitude. Lin’s own full-color drawings open each chapter. Grades 3-6. --Andrew Medlar --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It is quite fanciful, but if you can set aside the confines of modern scientific thought, you'll enjoy the story. The story within a story is interesting. I plan to read the other books by Grace Lin.
Mountain Meets the Moon is beautifully crafted and written. The language is filled with original similes based on Chinese culture, and the imagery that Ms. Lin creates is vivid and powerful. Long after putting the book down, readers will still remember the story. The book is constructed beautifully as well. What starts off as one story splits into at least two separate narratives that are carefully woven together and then seamlessly rejoined by the end of the book. Additionally, traditional Chinese tales and Chinese-inspired tales written by the author, form part of the narrative. Each one of these stories serves to further the main narrative, either by highlighting part of the main story, by filling in gaps, or by emphasizing the book's themes. It is obvious that this writer paid the utmost attention to detail as she was writing this book. Everything has a meaning, and just as the Old Man of the Moon is tying together various characters in the book, so too does the author tie together every little detail. The characters who inhabit this book are another reason that it should win an award. As the book plays out, we can see most of them grow and change, some more obviously than others. Perhaps the character of Ma undergoes the most dramatic change, from a bitter, complaining, ungrateful kvetch into a loving, generous, and appreciative parent, but Minli also changes. She is a quick thinker at first, almost impulsive, and always moving and thinking. By the end of the book, she is content to sit and admire the moon.
But the biggest reason that Where the Mountain Meets the Moon should win the Massachusetts Children's Book Award is because of its themes. We should all appreciate the important things we have in our lives - family, love, a home, enough. These are the things that make one truly wealthy -- not gold or jade. Minli's family has one another, and that is all that really matters. And when someone tries their very best to do something, that is important, too. Minli never gives up on her quest to find the Old Man of the Moon, no matter what the obstacles. Generosity is very important. Many good things come to Minli along the way because she is always helping others and not thinking first of herself. Finally, doing the right and selfless thing is often a reward in and of itself. Minli asks the Dragon's question instead of her own, because she finally realizes she doesn't need anything for herself. In the end, she is materially rewarded, but it is again because her family would not accept money for the Dragon's pearl.
Many books are fun to read, and many books are well written, but it is rare that a book has everything going for it. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, however, is such a book. It is both fun to read and incredibly well written, and its subject and themes teach us valuable and important lessons that we should take to heart. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is one of the best books I've ever read. Not only is it award-worthy; reading it is like giving yourself a reward for being a reader.