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The Moon Lady

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,066 ratings  ·  39 reviews
On a rainy afternoon, three sisters wish for the rain to stoop, wish they could play in the puddles, wish for something, "anything, " to do. So Ying-Ying, their grandmother, tells them a tale from long ago. On the night of the Moon Festival, when Ying-ying was a little girl, she encountered the Moon Lady, who grants the secr
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1992)
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Diana Bogan
If you are a fan of Amy Tan & have kids, you'll love this book. Let me count the ways I love this book:
1. It teaches kids through storytelling how to deal with the age old complaint — "I'm bored. THere is nothing to do."
2. It shares cultural information, through description (like preparing dinner) and...
3. also through telling a story within a story, for example the Moon Festival.
4. I love how accurately children's emotions, thoughts are portrayed.
5. I love how I can practically smell, feel
I love this book so much and it surprises me how underrated it is. I remember looking at it when I was really little, and I always thought the vivid illustrations were hauntingly beautiful. I have the cassette tape that tells the story, but to get the whole "reading experience", the gorgeous and colorful pictures are a must!
My mother told a different version of this story. However, the beautiful drawings make this a worthwhile part of the collection for my daughter.
Ruqayya Jarad
A Chinese wonderful book about the traditions that associated with the Moon festival. Grandmother Ying Ying tells Maggie, Lily, and June the story of a long time ago night of the Moon Festival, when she encountered the Moon Lady, who grants the secret wishes of those who ask. Young Ying Ying will find that the best wishes are those we make them true by ourselves. The story is engaging and the illustrations are delightful and colorful and portrait the life of a Chinese family. It is a beautiful s ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fascinating, but somewhat lengthy tale about a grandmother telling a story about her youth to her grandchildren. I love the way that the story is told from the perspective of a very young girl, with all of the wonder and confusion of seeing something for the first time. (view spoiler)

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Muriel Fang
Nice children's book with Chinese background. Interestingly, the theme of abandonment run deep in Chinese children's stories -- I was always scared by this theme.
For a young children's book, I am sure it's good. I had never heard any of Tan's children's stuff before. Short story.
Debbie Tanner
I thought this one was ok. The story was an interesting Chinese folk tale about making wishes and about what's really important in your life. However, the way the book is formatted... it has an entire page of text next to a beautifully detailed picture. I think the book was intended for fairly small children (it IS a picture book) but no little kids I know would have the patience to sit through this book. If you wanted to do a compare and contrast with this one, you might you Ping by Marjorie Fl ...more
I listened to the audiobook of this title, and I think I would have enjoyed it much more if I could have seen the illustrations. Picture books just don't work without the interplay of text and illustrations! Nonetheless, I picked this up from the library when looking for the Chinese folk tale of the lady who was banished to spend eternity living on the moon, and the tale is included here but only briefly. This excerpt from Tan's Joy Luck Club reads very much like a memoir as Ying-ying tells her ...more
Beautifully written, as always!
Beautiful illustrations, especially of the people. I loved looking at the detail in the clothing The backgrounds in the illustrations were a little too busy for my taste, but I loved the colors. The story is suitable for an older child - a little too long and details for a younger child. The story gives a nice view of background of the culture in China and the Moon Festival. I thought the ending of the story was a little abrupt - no details of how Ying Ying was found by her family.
Clairissa D
Dec 03, 2013 Clairissa D added it
Shelves: sequencing
This text is about three sisters who are bored on a rainy day looking for something to do that would be entertaining. In that moment their grandmother decides to tell them a story about what happen the night of the Moon Festival and how she encountered the moon lady And the life lessons that she learned from her. I would use this text in my classroom to teach students about sequencing and it's importance in a story.
One of my favourite books as a child turns out to be written by one of my current favourite authors! As an Overseas Chinese, I relate to her stories so much.
Mar 27, 2008 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Amy Tan Fans/Looking for good kids book
Recommended to Jen by: Girl I was babysitting
Another children's book by Amy Tan. It's a beautiful story about a Grandmother with her three granddaughters on a rainy afternoon with a tale from her childhood - a story Tan tells best. I was happy when the little girl I was babysitting wanted me to read this to her instead of Barbie Goes Shopping (something like that...)

Beautiful, but what happened to Amah? The little girl fell into the water and nearly drowned... I can't imagine her Amah was forgiven for that.
Gorgeous illustrations. I think a high-level reader would be able to sit through this read, but you'd definitely need a child with patience, high-reading level or not.
Teniesha Kessler
A wonderful contemporary Chinese tale offering a peak into traditional Chinese culture. The tone is fun and like mischievous, and the illustrations are vivid and detailing, mirroring the bright color palette of Chinese fashion and design.
Rebecca Waring-Crane
This story appears in Tan's adult fiction novel "The Joy Luck Club." Slightly refashioned for the author's first book for young readers, the tale comes to life with brilliant full-page illustrations.
Probably the only children's book I'll review, although I've read plenty. Amy Tan is a favorite author of mine and would have been at an even earlier age, had I had this book to read!
Apr 19, 2011 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie by: Soldotna Library
Shelves: children-s
This book has beautiful illustrations that enhance a beautiful story written by a great author: Amy Tan.
This book is a great way to help children discover some of the folk tales of China.
Shelly Cross
When my daughter was little, this was one of our favorite books to read together . . . it's a great story and the illustrations are gorgeous.
Oct 13, 2008 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: loved-as-a-kid
This book has the most beautiful drawings. I actually used to copy images from this book, which was the only time I ever really enjoyed drawing.
I had this book when I was younger....I never realized it was by Amy Tan. I've recently been addicted to reading her novels.
Wonderful artwork about Chinese culture. Wonderful realistic story with all female characters. Love the bright colors.
Jenny Minogue
Her first children's book! The art was amazing. The story delighted, excited, and scared my kids.
Didn't realize it was a short children's story when I bought the audio book. It was a cute story
Nov 03, 2008 Tori added it
I think this was a great book for me because I am Chineese it is just it's kind of spooky!
I have both read the picture book (excellent illustrations) & listened to it. Just wonderful.
Una Tiers
Nice tale with grandmother telling story about making wishes and Chinese culture.
A beautiful story about wishing.All ages would appreciate it.
Julie Unruh
She can write in any form. It's all wonderful and understanding.
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Amy Tan (Chinese: 譚恩美; pinyin: Tán Ēnměi; born February 19, 1952) is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and what it means to grow up as a first generation Asian American. In 1993, Tan's adaptation of her most popular fiction work, The Joy Luck Club, became a commercially successful film.

She has written several other books, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hun
More about Amy Tan...
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