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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  27,416 Ratings  ·  3,550 Reviews
In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon. Minli's mother, tired of their poor life, chides him for filling her head with nonsense. But Minli believes these enchanting stories and embarks on an extraord ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 282 pages
Published June 2009 by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers
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Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
When an author wants to write their first fantasy novel for children, they'll sometimes fall back on the books they themselves loved as kids. If they were Alice in Wonderland fans they might go the route of Neil Gaiman's Coraline. If they were partial to The Wizard of Oz they could do as Salman Rushdie did when he wrote Haroun and the Sea of Stories. As Grace Lin explains in her Author's Note to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, some of the books she read at eleven were dozens upon dozens of Ch ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My five stars might be misleading. I don't think I would have enjoyed this half as much reading it to myself as I did reading it aloud slowly over many nights with an utterly enchanted seven-year-old hanging on every word. It's a magical quest story woven of Chinese folk tales and the author's own imagination, with bits of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz thrown in as well. There are a few passages that are near quotations, apparently an homage to Baum's classic which I'm guessing was a favorite of Li ...more
Magrat Ajostiernos
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasía, 2017
¡Me ha encantado! Al principio me recordaba mucho a 'El mago de Oz' o 'Alicia en el país de las maravillas' pero rápidamente va cogiendo su propio y único estilo.
Está escrito a modo de fábula o cuento tradicional, con un mensaje final precioso y repleto de leyendas chinas reales e inventadas.
Una delicia de historia acompañada de las preciosas ilustraciones que también realizó la autora ♥
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
2010: I am completely floored by this book. It is perfect on so many levels: at the beginning I was reading it with my three-year-old son in mind (he has a crush on the picture of Grace Lin on the back flap), and the text seemed simple enough for him to understand and enjoy the book. But by the end, I was reading for me, having forgotten all about my son, and I was thinking that every mother should read this book. When I buy it (this was a library copy), my son will have to fight me for it.

I lov
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read via Overdrive app from the "Try something different" section. :)

Narrator *Janet Song*;: 3.5 stars, pleasant voice and good job narrating the story but her voices for different characters sometimes didn't sound all that different.

A beautiful and heartwarming (with a couple teary moments) tale. Simply but elegantly written, the characters feel like old friends fairly quickly and worm their way into your heart.

I don't know what else to say except I enjoyed this one very much. It is written
The Shayne-Train
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was beautifully written. I found it as much a delight to read as my little one did to have it read to her.

Minli is a young girl that lives in a poor village in rural China. Under the gloomy shadow of a barren mountain, she and her family toil and drudge to just barely scrape by. She watches as her mother grows more and more discontent with their lot in life, until finally Minli decides to ask the Old Man of the Moon how their fortune can be improved.

What follows is a touching, intellig
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Catherynne M. Valente, fairy tale lovers
You know what, nuts to my original review. I keep waxing on and on about how wise this book is and it's true, but what's also true is that this is quite a tiny story that can be read--or, more accurately, absorbed--in the space of an afternoon. It's just that the sense of wonder transforms that stretch of time into...I don't even know, like a magical leap into someone else's imagination or something, that keeps making me come back and ponder it, trying to philosophize and pin down the themes and ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-kids, own
We loved this book! Beyond the strength of the characters (Minli in striking out on her own to change her family's fortune, Ba in waiting and loving and hoping, and Ma in learning to seek forgiveness), there was a beauty to the writing that made reading it aloud a joy.
Rana Heshmati
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: Melika Khoshnezhad
چند ساعته خواندمش، و چه دل انگیز بود. بوی افسانه های دور و باور کردن قصه ها. اژدها ها و ماهی ها و جادو. همه آن چیزهایی که دوستشان دارم!
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 often complains about how poor they are. To discover that fortune, Minli is told by a goldfish to ask the Old Man of the Moon. So Minli sneaks away, and in her adventures frees a goldfish, rescues a dragon, meets a king, and meets two lucky twins. And on each adventure she's told more folktales as the journey she's on ...more
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