Book Review: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

by Grace Lin

A mini book review by Jackie Houchin

Wow. This audio-book (4 hours, 58 minutes) would be a wonderful read for a series of long winter nights when a family with a lot of children gathers around the fire to be enchanted by stories.

Grace Li’s book contains a slew of fantastical tales all connected to the journey of one kind and selfless little girl, Minli, who only wants to change the fortune of her poor family.

Each new character she meets has a story of their own, and as she listens and tells of her own quest (and often helps the others in their needs) she gets closer to her goal.  She has to reach The Old Man of the Moon and ask him how to change her family’s fortune.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a Chinese version of 1,001 Arabian Nights, with a surprising but satisfying conclusion and a hundred truths and morals to learn along the way.

I recommend this book for anyone but especially for imaginative children. Narrated perfectly by Janet Song

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