Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him...more
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Minli, seorang gadis kecil di kaki gunung Nirbuah, hidup bersama kedua orang tuanya yang amat miskin. Walaupun mereka bekerja keras setiap hari, namun mereka tetap saja miskin. Ayah Minli gemar sekali menceritakan te...more
Minli is the main character of this story, and her dad LOVES to tell stories. A handful of stories in this book are actually from her dad. Her mom is always complaining, "WHY YOU GOTTA TELL THEM STORIES. AIN'T GON' GIT US ANYTHING." But her dad tells stories anyway, and since Minli's mother is always complaining about how they're so poor, Minli goes...more
I talk a lot about the journey of the hero, because it is a story format I will love over and over again. It is used ad nauseum in the fantasy genre, and lately a lot of authors are trying to subvert the old stereotypes to bring out fresh stories. I admire their tenacity. I also admire the journey of the hero though, especially when it is done right.
Oh! questing reader, constantly searching for a story to love, may I introduce you to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon?...more
Where the Mountain meets the Moon is written by Grace Lin. It is a book of history, fantasy and the power of friendship!
I decided to read this book because, one, it is fantasy ( I LOVE FANTASY!!!) two, it has a dragon on the front! and three, Where the Mountain meets the Moon is a book of adventure, legend and MAGIC.
This book, on my bingo board takes the category, "A book that teaches you about a culture other than your own. The reason it took that space is because Where the Mountain me...more
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It’s been a while since I’ve read a story that had me thinking, each step of the way: This is amazing! … This is amazing! … This is seriously amazing!
It’s a blend of fairy tale(s within a fairy tale), low fantasy, and magical realism –
Fairy tale(s) – the story as a whole is a relatively simple hero’s journey with a clear message. Within that main story, at different points in Minli’s journey, characters will share legends and bits of personal or family history tha...more
Grace Lin states in her author’s note that she used, at times, poorly translated Chinese folktales and mythologies as the inspiration for this book, which makes me wonder what she would have written with better source material. Fortunately generations of readers to come will have her fully fleshed out, layered, gorgeously written Classic-to-be to read and read again....more
She develops her book by having both, folkt...more
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
By: Grace Lin
1. Junior Book Genre: Fantasy
2. Brief Summary: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon tells the adventurous and fantastic story of Minli, a young girl living with her father and mother in a tiny village on Fruitless Mountain, a place where water is lacking and therefore rice will not grow in abundance since, as legend has it, the Jade River lost her dragon child and now withholds water from the valley. Minli works tirelessly with h...more
“Says you!” Ma said. “Because you are the one who filled her with them. Making her believe she could change our miserable fortune with an impossible story! Ridiculous!”
“Yes,” Ba said sadly, “it is impossible. But it is not ridiculous.” (p. 45)
Reading impossible stories is one of my favorite things to do! It’s why my favorite genre is still the middle readers group and will probably continue to be as long as I am a reader. Sometimes, the...more
Minli leaves her parents in search of the old man on the mountain, so that she can ask him how to improve her family's fortune. Her parents are devastated but eventually find faith that their daughter will return. Minli travels across barren mountains, along rivers and through cities. Along the journey she makes many friends - a dragon, a boy with a buffalo, a k...more
The visuals in this book, though short, were stunning. There is simply no way to explain or descri...more
Minli, having grown up on her father’s stories, believes that the Old Man of the Moon controls people’s fortunes. When a talking Goldfish reveals the way to Never-Ending Mountain, the home of the Old Man of the Moon,...more
Which brings us to point number 1: this book is gorgeous. I mean the cover can give you an idea but each chapter also begins with a solid colored vignette. There are also beautiful full color illustrations that accompany some of the st...more
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The book is a folktale with Chinese folktales embedded in it. The epis...more
Minli is a young girl who listens to her father as he tells tales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon and tries to change her family’s fortune by heading out to find the Old Man of the Moon.
This book does not have a lot of illustrations since it is not a picture book, but the pictures it does have are a beautiful addition to the story. The heading of each chapter has a single color illustration of a scene from the chapter. Breaks within the ch...more