Monday, October 4, 2010
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
I come from a family of storytellers. My grandfather and mother both are beautiful storytellers. There is nothing better than a story within a story, which is why I so enjoyed this children's book. It is a simple narrative about Minli, a young girl who lives with her parents. They are poor and her mother is somewhat discontent with their meager circumstances. Minli goes on a journey to find the Old Man in the Moon and learn how her family can find fortune and happiness. She meets fantastic creatures and people along the way, including a dragon who cannot fly and a talking goldfish. and each of them has their own story they tell about their own fortunes. The author incorporates many Chinese folktales into her story, weaving them together elegantly into a rich and touching narrative.
This is a lovely book for both parent and child to read, especially together, because it shares beautiful stories about family, friendship, forgiveness, contentment, gratitude, and love, all in a way that reminds you to never stop believing in the wonder of magic and fantasy.