Friday, November 25, 2011
A book review by Fairday.
Lizzy and I were both able to meet Grace Lin, the author and illustrator of Where The Mountain Meets The Moon. She is a very nice person and an inspirational speaker; this book is a Newbery Award Winner.
Minli's village is poor. Nothing ever grows, and the land is hard. Her Ma and Ba have to work tirelessly in order to keep what little they have. Ba likes to tell stories to pass the time, and Minli's spirits are always lifted by his words. Ma sighs, proclaiming that they both should start focusing on reality. But, when Ba tells Minli about the story of The Old Man In The Moon and the Never-Ending Mountain, Minli realizes that there there is hope, and that she could change her families fortune. After a strange meeting with a goldfish, Minli is convinced that she can bring prosperity into her home and sets off on an amazing adventure, where she encounters some very odd characters. With the help of a few friends, she is led on a journey that will challenge her in ways that she never thought possible.
Where The Mountain Meets The Moon is an extraordinary book that magically weaves chinese folk lore into an exciting adventure of a young girl who is discovering herself and her place in the world. A twist to the classic tale The Wizard Of Oz, this book would be adored by anyone who loves to read a good story. The artwork is enchanting and truly captures the feeling behind the words. It is definitely one for my book shelf and I am thrilled to have stumbled upon it.
Posted by DMS at 6:38 AM