The Resource Where the mountain meets the moon, Grace Lin

Where the mountain meets the moon, Grace Lin

Label
Where the mountain meets the moon
Title
Where the mountain meets the moon
Statement of responsibility
Grace Lin
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River
Member of
Storyline
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2010
  • Beehive Children's Fiction Book Award (Utah), 2011.
  • Josette Frank Award, 2010.
  • Massachusetts Book Awards, Children's/YA Literature Literature Award, 2010.
  • Mythopoeic Award for Children's Literature, 2010.
  • Notable Books for a Global Society, 2010.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2016
Review
  • Gr. 3-6 /*Starred Review*/ In this enchanted and enchanting adventure, Minli, whose name means “quick thinking,” lives with her desperately poor parents at the confluence of Fruitless Mountain and the Jade River. While her mother worries and complains about their lot, her father brightens their evenings with storytelling. One day, after a goldfish salesman promises that his wares will bring good luck, Minli spends one of her only two coins in an effort to help her family. After her mother ridicules what she believes to be a foolish purchase, Minli sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon, who, it is told, may impart the true secret to good fortune. Along the way, she finds excitement, danger, humor, magic, and wisdom, and she befriends a flightless dragon, a talking fish, and other companions and helpmates in her quest. With beautiful language, Lin creates a strong, memorable heroine and a mystical land. Stories, drawn from a rich history of Chinese folktales, weave throughout her narrative, deepening the sense of both the characters and the setting and smoothly furthering the plot. Children will embrace this accessible, timeless story about the evil of greed and the joy of gratitude. Lin’s own full-color drawings open each chapter. -- Medlar, Andrew (Reviewed 05-01-2009) (Booklist, vol 105, number 17, p81)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 3-6 –Living in the shadow of the Fruitless Mountain, Minli and her parents spend their days working in the rice fields, barely growing enough to feed themselves. Every night, Minli’s father tells her stories about the Jade Dragon that keeps the mountain bare, the greedy and mean Magistrate Tiger, and the Old Man of the Moon who holds everyone’s destiny. Determined to change her family’s fortune, Minli sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon, urged on by a talking goldfish who gives her clues to complete her journey. Along the way she makes new friends including a flightless dragon and an orphan and proves her resourcefulness when she tricks a group of greedy monkeys and gets help from a king. Interwoven with Minli’s quest are tales told by her father and by those she meets on the way. While these tales are original to Lin, many characters, settings, and themes are taken from traditional Chinese folklore. The author’s writing is elegant, and her full-color illustrations are stunning. Minli’s determination to help her family, as well as the grief her parents feel at her absence, is compelling and thoroughly human.–Jennifer Rothschild, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Oxon Hill, MD --Jennifer Rothschild (Reviewed July 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 7, p87)
  • /* Starred Review */ To change her family's fortunes, a poor Chinese girl embarks on a fantastical quest to discover she already has everything she needs to be happy. Minli and her parents live in the shadow of Fruitless Mountain, where they toil endlessly. Bitter and resentful, Minli's mother complains when her husband fills Minli's imagination with enchanting tales of Never-Ending Mountain and the Old Man of the Moon. "Eager for adventure," Minli sets out alone seeking advice from the Old Man of the Moon. En route she befriends a dragon who joins her quest. Together they encounter a talking goldfish, a boy with a buffalo, a king, a fierce green tiger and laughing twins before scaling Never-Ending Mountain. Lin deftly incorporates elements from Chinese folk- and fairy tales to create stories within the main story and provide context for Minli's quest. With her "lively and impulsive spirit," Minli emerges a stalwart female role model who learns the importance of family, friendship and faith during her amazing journey. Richly hued illustrations reinforce the Chinese folk theme. (author's note) (Fantasy. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
321627
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lin, Grace
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Starry River of the Sky
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fairy tales
  • Dragons
  • Moon
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Where the mountain meets the moon, Grace Lin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
278 p.
Isbn
9780316114271
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
col. ill.
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780316114271
Label
Where the mountain meets the moon, Grace Lin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
278 p.
Isbn
9780316114271
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
col. ill.
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780316114271

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