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The Moon Lady

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  1,148 Ratings  ·  46 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 secret
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 1992)
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Diana Bogan
Aug 10, 2011 Diana Bogan rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 02, 2016 emilie.❤ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
I love this book so much and it surprises me how underrated it is. Only years later did I find out it was a chapter in The Joy Luck Club. I can remember looking at it when I was about three, and I always found the vivid illustrations 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!
Oct 06, 2011 Alee rated it really liked it
My mother told a different version of this story. However, the beautiful drawings make this a worthwhile part of the collection for my daughter.
Marisa Bantjes
Aug 31, 2016 Marisa Bantjes rated it really liked it
Lovely children's book about a grandmother Ying-ying telling her three granddaughters of a harrowing adventure she had one year long ago when she was herself a little girl. An adventure that taught her an important lesson in life. On the night of the Moon Festival, the Moon Lady, who grants secret wishes of those who ask, taught the child Ying-ying the lesson that the best wishes are the one's you can make come true yourself.
The story in this book is adapted from a story in Amy Tan's best-seller
The book is a reworking of a story from Tan's adult novel The Joy Luck Club<\i>. "The story begins in modern day America, with Ying-ying hears her granddaughter clamor about their wishes on a rainy afternoon with nothing to do. Thinking back to a time when she had many wishes, too, Ying-ying tells them a story from her childhood in China. At the Moon Festival, Ying-ying discovered the nature of wishes -- where they spring from and how they are fulfilled..." (from the book jacket) Beautiful ...more
Ruqayya Jarad
Feb 02, 2015 Ruqayya Jarad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: folktale
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
Mary Winter
Jul 20, 2016 Mary Winter rated it it was amazing
A favourite from childhood. The story is lovely and the illustrations are phenomenal. I remember many a night in my bedroom doorway, reading this in secret by the light of the hallway. I've treasured it ever since.
Bree Lowry
Sep 05, 2015 Bree Lowry rated it it was amazing
I adore Amy Tan, so I had to buy her children's books for my daughter when she was born. They are wonderful and serve to introduce my little girl to one of the finest female authors who has ever written a word.
Mar 25, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
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
Aug 29, 2014 Muriel Fang rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 27, 2016 Ariana rated it it was ok
I think I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn't been under the impression that is was an adult fiction book. It was cute for a child's book.
Jun 30, 2015 Taica rated it liked it
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
Jan 04, 2011 Terri rated it liked it
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
Mar 19, 2014 Clara rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Beautifully written, as always!
Jan 23, 2016 Shirleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
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.
Dec 14, 2015 Elin rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as a child. As an adult, I am excited to learn this was adapted from a small part of The Joy Luck Club.
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.
Jan 13, 2014 Elisha rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
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...)

Jan 12, 2013 Tasia rated it really liked it
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
Jul 23, 2013 Teniesha Kessler rated it really liked it
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
Aug 17, 2009 Rebecca Waring-Crane rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
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.
Jul 29, 2011 Rickyjez rated it really liked it
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 liked it  ·  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
Sep 21, 2008 Shelly Cross rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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.
Jul 21, 2009 Danielle rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-and-ya, amy-tan
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.
Nov 11, 2012 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Wonderful artwork about Chinese culture. Wonderful realistic story with all female characters. Love the bright colors.
Jenny Minogue
Mar 07, 2008 Jenny Minogue rated it it was amazing
Her first children's book! The art was amazing. The story delighted, excited, and scared my kids.
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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
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