Where the Mountain Meets the Moon


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In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. While her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man in the Moon, Minli's mother chides him for filling her head with stories. But inspired by these stories, Minli spends one of her precious copper pennies on a beautiful goldfish, which is said to be able to change the fortune of the owner. Her mother reprimands her for the silly purchase, but, it pays off when the goldfish talks and offers ...

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Jingwoan C

Oct 26, 2018


I was swayed by the positive reviews of this book and the reputation of the author but was disappointed when the book actually arrived. The story is stilted and confusing for someone familiar with Chinese folk tales; some elements are actual parts of the Chinese folk tales, other elements are made up. The characters are very flat and unnuanced. The illustrations feature stereotypical views of what one might see visiting tourist sites in China: pavilions, palace gardens, rural villages, and so on. I had hoped to add this to our school's library so children could learn more about Chinese narrative traditions, but after reading it, I do not think this is a good choice. My search continues.


Jun 11, 2010

Although this is primarily a young adult book, I found it very special. The blend of the poor, hard working family, and the great myth stories the young girl's father tells makes the book a must read.

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