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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Hardcover – July 1, 2009
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Minli is a girl whose family is very poor. Her mother is embittered about their lack of fortune while her father tries to cheer the family up with fanciful tales. All day the three work in the rice fields and eke out just enough from the harvest to provide one bowl of rice each night. Determined to change their fortune, Minli sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon. Old Man of the Moon holds the book of fortune and can not only tell the future, but also change the future.
As Minli journeys to find Never Ending Mountain, the home of Old Man of the Moon, she is joined by a flightless dragon who has lived for years upon years in the forest, hiding and alone. Along the way, Minli meets and hears the fortunes of the very rich and the very poor until she learns an important lesson about herself, her family, and their fortune. While Minli is away, Ma and Ba have to come to terms with Minli's absence.
About every other chapter, there is a Chinese fairy tale told by one of the characters (never Minli though). Each one of these stories are interwoven with each other like the tangled strings of Fortune that Old Man of the Moon ties to the figures on the earth.
There are many good "teachable moments" in the story from each encounter than Minli has in her journey and enough food for thought that adults who read it will come away satiated.
While I loved that it had Asian aspects to it, I hope that it will not deter others from reading it because Minli's adventure is one for any culture.
When a goldfish seller came to the village, Minli was enchanted by the cheerful, bright fish, so different from the gray and brown world that she lived in every day. On an impulse, she spent one of her two copper coins, and bought a goldfish to bring fortune to her home.
Minli's mother was not happy with the goldfish. They had barely enough to eat; how could they feed a pet? After her father gave up a few grains of his precious dinner rice to feed the fish, Minli realized what the sacrifice would be to feed it, so she sadly released her goldfish into the river.
To her surprise, the grateful goldfish told Minli how to find the Never-Ending Mountain of her father's folktales. There, she could ask the Old Man of the Moon how to bring good fortune to their house. So Minli set off on a journey to find the Never-Ending Mountains. Along the way, she met a dragon who couldn't fly, and other mythical characters who taught and helped her on her journey.
Interwoven with Minli's story are wonderful stories written in Chinese folktale style. These stories, told by Minli's father, become both the backdrop and the framework for the story of Minli's adventures on her journey.
Overall, a lovely, lyrical book, written for ages 8-12, but more widely enjoyable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a pretty darn adorable MG novel. Minli lives in a village beside the Fruitless Mountain, and decides to find fortune for her family, for her Ma... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Margaret
You will enjoy this book if you enjoy using your imagination. Lin has written a story full of great characters and vivid details while still inspiring the reader to join her in... Read morePublished 13 days ago by ShariFromTX
Great book for folktales lovers of all ages. I especially enjoyed the story behind the story at the end of the book. I read this book after borrowing from the library. Read morePublished 18 days ago by AK
This story is so beautiful.There is so much imagination that it makes you want to imaginate too.I instantly was drawn in to the book and read every page interested. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Renren
I had this book for summer reading, and I groaned because it looked babyish.But when I started reading it I immediately got sucked into the story. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jessica L. Power
Gave this book as a gift to the little girl next door. She and her mother are reading it together and they love it.Published 24 days ago by Sally
My daughter read it twice and lent it to a friend. She still talks about the stories.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer