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Starry River of the Sky Paperback – Illustrated, February 11, 2014
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The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can't help but notice the village's peculiar inhabitants and their problems.
But one day, a mysterious lady arrives at the Inn with the gift of storytelling, and slowly transforms the villagers and Rendi himself. As she tells more stories and the days pass in the Village of Clear Sky, Rendi begins to realize that perhaps it is his own story that holds the answers to all those questions.
Newbery Honor author Grace Lin brings readers another enthralling fantasy featuring her marvelous full-color illustrations. Starry River of the Sky is filled with Chinese folklore, fascinating characters, and exciting new adventures.
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|Where the Mountain Meets the Moon||When the Sea Turned to Silver||The Year of the Dog||The Year of the Rat||Dumpling Days|
|Share Grace Lin's award-winning books with children of all ages!||A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, this is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz and The Girl Who Drank the Moon.||This breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is a companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.||A special edition of a modern classic by the Newbery-Award winning and bestselling author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.||Based on the author's childhood adventures, Year of the Rat, features whimsical illustrations and hilarious and touching anecdotes.||Pacy is back! The beloved heroine of The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat has returned in a brand new story.|
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
* "This companion novel to Lin's Newbery Honor-winning Where the Mountain Meets the Moon surpasses that book in both plot and prose, again using interspersed stories that neatly circle around one another. The message that anger distorts while forgiveness transforms runs throughout the novel, never seeming repetitive and always feeling fresh while adroitly bolstering the connections among the various characters...[A]n enthrallingly told and handsomely illustrated tale."―The Horn Book, starred review
* "This mesmerizing companion to the Newbery Honor Book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon does not disappoint...Lin's writing is clear and lyrical, her plotting complex, and her illustrations magical, all of which make this a book to be savored."―Booklist, starred review
* "Lin artfully wraps her hero's story in alternating layers of Chinese folklore, providing rich cultural context. Detailed, jewel-toned illustrations and spot art reminiscent of Chinese painting highlight key scenes and themes and serve as the focus of an overall exquisite design. A worthy companion to Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon."―Kirkus, starred review
* "This tight and cyclical plotting, combined with Lin's vibrant, full-color paintings and chapter decorations, creates a work that is nothing short of enchanting. Like the restored moon, Starry River outshines the previous work."―School Library Journal, starred review
* "The writing and themes are lovely and readers feel the story long after it has ended...With the layers of myth, folklore, and superb storytelling, readers will be moved. Read this book; share this book; send Grace Lin a thank you card for sharing this story."―Library Media Connection, starred review
* "The lively mixture of adventure, mystery, and fantasy, supported by compelling character development and spellbinding language, will captivate a wide swath of readers."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Author
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 11, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316125970
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316125970
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 810L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 14.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1 x 7.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book follows a young boy named Rendi who has run away from home and is working as a chore boy in a small village. A mysterious lady arrives and, through stories, helps both the village and Rendi find their way.
There is excellent storytelling in here and interesting folklore. I continue to really enjoy the way the book is put together with beautiful illustrations and full color plates throughout.
I didn’t think this story was as engaging and fluid as “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon”. This book does weave a lot of stories within stories but they weren’t as adventurous..
Overall I enjoyed this beautifully done Asian-themed folklore story. Although not as stunning as “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” it still has a lot of the qualities that made me love that book. I recommend to those who enjoy folklore and fairy tales.
Rendi is an interesting character from page one. While he is not particularly likeable at first, one quickly realizes that the reason he is such a jerk is because he is desperately unhappy. But it isn't until the arrival of Madame Chang that we slowly start to find out why. I also enjoyed the way the other characters lives slowly blend together with Rendi's to create a story of stories and their importance in our lives. I especially liked it when Madame Chang tells Rendi that the reason she asked him to tell stories of his own was because she wanted to know him better and that when we tell stories we reveal something of ourselves.
I loved the way the different threads of the story came together at the end. Rendi's story, Madame Chang's story, Peiyi's and her father's and brother's stories as well as that of the missing moon all come together at the end revealing the underlying theme of forgiveness. If you haven't yet read this book, I highly recommend that you do. It's definitely going on my favorites shelf.
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I really like this book because it makes you want to read on find out what is going to happen.There were little stories to which explained later on what was happening .I really liked this book because for another reason it was exiting and adventourous.
When The Sea Turned To Silver*
I assume, kids my son's age, watch much more violence than he does. For him, Howl's Castle is the maximum. I am saying this because Magistrate Tiger, one of the key figures can be extremely cruel. He hasn't been very violent in this particular book yet.. we are at chapter 26 but I thought I would mention this.