Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
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This Newbery Honor book features magic, adventure, friendship, and even a dragon who can't fly!
In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.
Grace Lin, author of the beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship. A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers.
it is hard and the water of the river is dark because Jade Dragon’s sad spirit is still there. Until Jade Dragon is no longer lonely and reunited with at least one of her children, Fruitless Mountain will remain bare. “Why doesn’t someone bring the water of the four great rivers to the mountain?” Minli asked, even though she had asked this question many times before. Every time Ba told the story, she couldn’t help think how wonderful it would be to have the mountain blooming with fruit and
valleys. He flew through the Celestial River, examining each star. But none gave the pure, clear light of his pearl. Eventually, the dragon was forced to give up his search. He had no idea where to look or where the pearl could be. But he did not give up hope that he would find it. Instead, he waited for a sign of it. And he did not wait in vain. On her birthday, the Queen Mother had a grand celebration. Inviting all the immortals of heaven, she held a “Banquet of Peaches,” an endless
worst, for our only daughter is gone!” “Quiet, quiet, Wife,” Ba hushed her. “If we move quickly, we can find her and bring her back home.” Ba hurriedly took out his cloth sack and gathered blankets and filled an empty bottle with water. “She has had almost half a day to travel ahead,” he said. “It might take us some time to find her.” Ma watched him and then began to pack the cooked rice into a traveling box. But she continued to weep. “It is all the stories you told her,” Ma sobbed. “She
“Salt water!” Minli exclaimed. “This water is salty!” As she sat back, Minli began to wonder, “How is this stream salty? I am far from the ocean. This is very strange.” And unable to contain her curiosity, Minli forgot about her thirst and began to follow it. The stream widened and deepened, becoming more of a river than a stream. Just as Minli began to think that she should return to her journey, she began to hear deep moans that gently shook the earth. “Who’s there?” Minli shouted. “Help!”
I will double tax his village for the next ten years!” “Magistrate,” a third voice said, one that seemed a little kinder, “it is only a minor flaw. If we just dotted in the eyes, the dragon would be finished.” “Hmm, yes,” the magistrate said, obviously considering. “Bring me a paintbrush and ink.” I heard the servants shuffling and bringing the paintbrush and ink. I felt the magistrate’s hot, dry breath on my nose as he came close to me and felt the cold ink touch my eye and, suddenly, I could