Where The Moon Meets The Mountain - A book review
What a wonderful read! I love Asian culture and literature and this book offers heaps of both. This book can be enjoyed by anyone. It's whimsical story can be appreciated by children as young as 5, so long as a parent is reading it to them. To read alone, the youngest recommended age is 8. It should fall right in with 3rd grade reading level.
My daughter brought this book home from her school library. I was intrigued as soon as I saw it. Many years ago, I loved reading. I was usually found between the pages of a book. At one point in my life, my most prized possession was a library card. Of coarse, life picked me up and took me on a whirlwind adventure and my reading for pleasure was replaced with reading for school or work. It has been years. I loved reading children books and adult books the same, but now that my big girl world is filled with raw emotion and dramatic tales of its own, I find myself more attracted to the fantasy and whimsy of children's books. It is a way for me to redirect my mind. It is an escaped from my own personal truths and the world that I was thrown into this year. It is a wonderful distraction and is helping me reclaim some of the time that is spent lost in nothingness. It is a welcome pleasure that I believe will help me get back to who I am.
I could not have asked to be taken to a more wonderful world than that of Minli's. I fell in love with her father and all of his stories. I felt her desire to please her mother. I went on this fabulous journey with Minli to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune and enjoyed all the messages the book offered. It is filled with positive encouragement and prospective for all ages. I especially enjoyed all the small stories within the story. Grace Lin did an amazing job linking all the stories together by the end of the book. I always believed that people come into your life to fulfill a purpose. Many times the purpose is not known to you at the time, but your path and theirs are affected. I say this even for the not-so-great parts of our life long encounters. That belief is what this book is all about.
Honestly, I loved this book so much that I am tempted to include it in my personal collection. I can see myself reading it again. I never liked reviews that give away the story line. If you decide to give it a read, I am sure you will enjoy it. What would you ask the old man on the moon?