"A house without books is like a room without windows." -Horace Mann

Monday, October 4, 2010

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

by Grace Lin

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.

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