Grace Lin spins a magical story that weaves her own versions of traditional Chinese folktales with the adventures of a poor, young, farm girl named Minli. As Minli sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon from her father’s stories and change her family’s fortune, she encounters mystical friends such as a talking goldfish, the lucky twins and a flightless dragon. One of the many reasons I adored this book was the wonderful message that unfolds as the reader begins to link each story along Minli’s journey. Additionally each chapter opens with a beautiful full-color illustration by the author. There are discussion questions included in the back of the book and the author’s website includes a wonderful book trailer and corresponding activities. This book is recommended for grades 3-6. It has won numerous awards including the 2010 Newbery Honor Award. A nominee for the Oregon Reader’s Choice Awards and part of 2011/2012 Oregon Battle of the Books (3rd – 5th grade).
Title: Where the mountain meets the mon
Author/Illustrator: Grace Lin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers