Friday, December 18, 2009

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Reading it is like reading an art object, for the book is filled with lovely paintings. Grace Lin, the author and artist, has created not only a beautiful book but a beautiful tale.

A young girl named Minli lives with her mother and father in the shadow of Fruitless Mountain - where nothing lives or grows. Minli listens to the folktales her father tells, especially the stories of Fruitless Mountain, the Jade Dragon and her children.

One day Minli encounters a magical goldfish with the power of speech. Following his directions she sets off on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon, hoping he can restore fortune to her family. Along the way she meets Dragon, the only one of his kind that cannot fly.

The author, Grace Lin, skillfully weaves the traditional folktales in and out of her story of Minli's quest. This is a small treasure of a book and it is hard to put it down.

When you visit the Media Center, stop by the aquarium. You will find Dragon - who cannot fly - surrounded by goldfish. Can you quess who might possess the magical ability to speak?

Click here to see a virtual tour of Grace Lin's art studio, where she creates her works of art.