Thursday, January 28, 2010
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Minli is a young girl working with her family in the fields near the Jade River. Their family was very poor and worked very hard with little reward. Her father told Minli countless stories that her mother disapproved of. She felt they filled Minli's head with nonsense.
One day Minli decided to go find the Old Man of the Moon, a character in many of her father's stories, and attempt to change her family's fortune.
Thus begins a wonderful adventure in which Minli befriends a dragon who can't fly, encounters a young boy with a buffalo, meets the king, is saved from a vicious tiger by a set of fun-loving twins, and so much more!
But will Minli reach her goal and change her family's fortune or will her request change in order to help a friend?
What I Thought:
This book is a fantastic read aloud. The plot of the story is supplemented and moved forward with traditional stories or fables interspersed throughout the text. Whether the story is told by Minli's father or another character in the book, wonderful stories are interwoven throughout.
I loved the theme of friendship that ran throughout the book. Minli is such a sweet character who made friends wherever she roamed, and she was a wonderful friend in return.
This book is a wonderful story of adventure that I think anyone would love.
Very highly recommended.
This book was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2010. (A well deserved honor!)
Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.
Reviewed from a library copy.