While Minli’s mother is bitter over their lack of fortune, her father attempts to keep his daughter’s spirits up by telling her fanciful Chinese fairy tales.
Eventually, Minli’s mother’s discontentment becomes more than Minli can bear, and Minli secretly sets off on a journey to find some answers from a character in one of her father’s tales- The Old Man of the Moon, in hopes of changing her family’s fortune.
Shortly before she embarks on her journey, Minli uses one of 2 copper coins she had saved away to impulsively purchase a goldfish from a peddler. Realizing she cannot afford to feed the fish, she releases it into a river. The fish is so grateful for its freedom that, to Minli’s surprise, it begins to speak, and gives instructions to Minli of how she can reach the Old Man of the Moon.
Early in her travels, Minli stumbles upon a dragon who is in need of assistance. The two strike up a friendship, and Minli invites him along on her journey so he can ask The Old Man of the Moon why he is unable to fly.
Over the course of this book, Minli meets a broad variety of characters who aid her on her quest, and she learns valuable life-lessons from every one of them.
Interwoven in Minli’s story are mini-stories told in Chinese folklore-style which creates the frame work for the main tale.
How did Delia enjoy it?
Delia enjoyed “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” immensely. The chapters are the perfect length for short attention spans, however, short attention spans were not an issue with this book for Delia. Every night, without fail, she would beg for 2-4 more chapters read.
Not only did Delia enjoy this book, but it was probably one of the best children’s books I’ve ever read. It’s a Newberry Honor book and well-deserved!
The tale itself was reminiscent of a bit of The Wizard of Oz to me– where a young girl embarks on a journey, meeting creatures along the way who ultimately impact her life.
“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Linn is a wonderful fantasy read and I’d recommend it to children (and adults) ages 8 years old and up!