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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Audio CD – April 27, 2010
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It is one of our favorite books of all time. The way the author weaves stories together through time and characters is masterful. The theme of choosing happiness through gratitude is one that resonated with all of us so deeply. This book really affected our core while always feeling natural and self discovered.
The discussion questions at the end were perfect and we especially enjoyed the personal section where the author described her process for evolving this story from traditional Chinese stories to her first hand experience traveling to China to her own cultural identity to what it became: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – we were fascinated by every word.
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Near a river of salty water, greedy monkeys defended a peach orchard they had just discovered. As Minli approached the rolling stream, a muffled voice broke through the warm clear water. To her astonishment, a brilliant red dragon called out for aid, bound tightly in twine. He had been attacked by the monkeys, who feared his inroads into their orchard. Freed from his bonds, the wingless dragon invited her to climb on his back. He would help her find the Never-Ending Mountain.
Their journey to the Mountain and the Old Man of the Moon brought them to the City of Bright Moonlight, with its clever King and faithful Guardians. In the Inner City, the leaves of the plum trees shone like emeralds. Bamboo and pine trees sparkled like jewels in the sun. Minli and her dragon received two treasures of infinite worth. Joyfully they headed out from the blessed city, clambering over steep and rocky ground. In the wilderness the two heroes were attacked by the brutal Green Tiger, whose poisonous claws brought death to his victims.
Minli’s quick wits had seen her through many perilous adventures. Alone in the wasteland, these gifts alone could not save them. The story that follows is a wonderful tapestry of friendship, generosity and deep courage. Beautifully written, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a graceful and powerful tale.
Grace Lin is a Newberry Honor Winner, National Book Award Finalist, and New York Times bestselling author..
Grace Lin's story has both an large ark and then small somewhat updated adaptations of Chinese fairy tales. It's a wondrous mix.
Minli is a heroic and sweet young girl who wants to change the fortune for her parents. She goes on an amazing journey through kingdoms and forests meeting all the types of people and animals and adventures that I personally would love to join.
The ending is beautifully done. The story seems to accelerate to the last page. My children from ages 6 to 11 loved it. We will read her other stories. Well recommended for families that enjoy reading together.
Also her illustrations are beautiful!
Top international reviews
Grace Lin gave me everything I could want: beautiful writing, lovable characters, captivating storytelling, exquisite world building and those warm fuzzy feelings special books give you. (You know the ones you end up hugging. Don’t pretend it’s only me that does that…)
While I’m convinced that Where The Mountain Meets The Moon would be just as thrilling as a text only book I do think that the art, both the chapter heading and the full colour pictures add something extra special.
I loved the folktales within Minli’s own story, there were a few I had heard before, Grace Lin makes them work together so well. I also loved the message I took from the book and all the other things I’ve previously mentioned.
In short I loved Where The Mountain Meets The Moon.
El libro me ha encantado, ahora va el tema de la edad. Si un niño es perfectamente bilingüe lo puede leer con 7 años perfectamente. Si va justito de inglés, será mejor esperar a los 9 años y va a poder disfrutar de él sólo con ayuda del diccionario. Una persona con nivel medio va a encontrar una media de 6 palabras por página que desconoce, de las cuales podrá sacar el significado por el contexto de unas 4 de ellas. Si algún día se publica en castellano, a partir de 7 años sería ideal. Y si tu hijo no lee, sólo tienes que leerle los 3 primeros capítulos y ya verás como él mismo se anima a seguir.
The book has good vocabulary and lots of mini stories that help the plot progress towards the satisfying conclusion. At the start the book felt like a direct rip off from the wizard of Oz but as I continued reading my mind changed. Minli goes to many destinations before reaching the Man in the moon so the book i packed with thrilling stories and adventures. I would strongly suggest someone to read the book. I can guarantee you wont be disappointed in the book.
La historia es entretenida.