Take one author/illustrator enchanted by the folk tales of her ancestors. Stir up her rich imagination. Simmer with a storyteller’s talents. Steep until the full flavor emerges.
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin, Little Brown BFYR, 2009
Minli and her parents live in a poor village in the shadow of a barren mountain. Their house is so small it is difficult for all three of them to sit at the table at the same time. Minli’s father is a story teller, but her mother complains that stories fill one’s head with impossible dreams.
Minli decides to change her parents’ drab lives and sets out on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon to ask him to bring life to Fruitless Mountain. A magical goldfish is all Minli’s adventuresome spirit needs for encouragement. It isn’t long before she finds a dragon that can’t fly to keep her company on her travels.
This book is a charming, engaging 200 plus pages, ideal for enjoying on a porch swing for an entire summer afternoon. No need to read this before your daughter does. Boys will probably prefer more action. However, the plot is captivating, the messages are pure, delivered with a light, delicate touch, and (spoiler alert!) the story has a happy ever after ending.