Parents' Guide to

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Chinese girl's Oz-like adventure begs to be read aloud.

Book Grace Lin Fantasy 2009
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age 7+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 7+

A Must Read!!!

I read this novel aloud to my almost 7 year old daughter. My 4 year old son couldn't help but join in, listening to the adventure unfold. The main character, Minli travels to Never Ending Mountain on a quest to bring fortune to her poor family. Through her journey she learns about friendship, family, thankfulness, and the true fruits of fortune. My daughter is in 1st grade, a time when kids start to organize their peers based on gender, beauty, intelligence, etc... This book allowed us to analyze concepts like friendship and the true meaning of fortune in a way that we wouldn't have been able to do otherwise. I also very much appreciated the Asian cultural lens in which the book was written. We live on the east side of St. Paul, MN which is heavily populated by Asian Americans, specifically Hmong peoples from Laos and Cambodia. I appreciate that my daughter now has heroins and heroes with names and faces that resemble those of her friends. This is a must read for any family with children in elementary school. Thank you, Grace Lin for sharing this story with us!
age 7+

Strong female protagonist, good family dynamics & good values

We really enjoyed this book. It features a positive role model in Mingli. Mingli is a young girl who goes on a hero's quest in pursuit of a better life for her family; she has exciting adventures, makes new friends, and grows wiser along the way. Her story is balanced by that of her parents, who also experience positive growth during the course of the book. As a bonus, there are many good short stories told within the larger whole and all are enjoyable and provide "food for thought." We liked this story very much and, although there is some mild peril, we found nothing objectionable for ages 7 and up. Good for young readers or to read aloud.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (21 ):

This beautiful book is bound to become a classic. Lin's love of Chinese culture is evident in her creation of vivid new folktales that are built into the narrative in such a way that they become a seamless part of the story and their messages are thus relevant and meaningful. Minli is a strong and lovable hero that boys will enjoy as much as girls. This story has been called a Chinese Wizard of Oz, but in fact it has an even more timeless appeal and a universal story in the mother who wants more, the daughter who wants to repay her parents, the wise father, and the engaging characters she meets on her quest. The story also offers an elegant design with color illustrations and Asian graphic style that make the book itself a gem. Many children will read this book more than once, and it could well be one of your favorite Newbery books of all time.

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