Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – 278 Pages – Genre: Children’s Historical Fiction; Folklore
Review by Magnet Elementary 2nd Grader R.B. and Publisher Description
The story is about a girl named Minli. She notices her family works so hard so she sets off on a journey to find the Old Man of the Moon. Along the way she meets lots of people who are willing to help her and she has obstacles that are in her way.
I love this book because Minli learns the true value of friendship and how throughout the book there are stories within the story. I think you should read this book.
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 how she can change her family’s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.
Grace Lin, author of the beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship. A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz and Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers.