I wanted to like this, truly Mythology is something I find immensely fascinating and I m curious to learnabout Asian culture and stories and customs Unfortunately, the book was not for me I found it predictable and was annoyed by the frequently used exclamation marks I do think young children would like this but I m far too salty and mean at this point 2010 I am completely floored by this book It is perfect on so many levels at the beginning I was reading it with my three year old son in mind he has a crush on the picture of Grace Lin on the back flap , and the text seemed simple enough for him to understand and enjoy the book But by the end, I was reading for me, having forgotten all about my son, and I was thinking that every mother should read this book When I buy it this was a library copy , my son will have to fight me for it.I lov 2010 I am completely floored by this book It is perfect on so many levels at the beginning I was reading it with my three year old son in mind he has a crush on the picture of Grace Lin on the back flap , and the text seemed simple enough for him to understand and enjoy the book But by the end, I was reading for me, having forgotten all about my son, and I was thinking that every mother should read this book When I buy it this was a library copy , my son will have to fight me for it.I loved the way that folktales came to life in this book, and the stories throughout especially the way they connected and the pictures The only thing I didn t like was the font that the little stories were in Oh, and the fact that this book didn t win the Newbery Medal Seriously, I m kind of mad about that not that it s up to me, a lowly nobody in the middle of nowhere, but this book was so beautifully done in word, story, and message that When You Reach Me which I also enjoyed, but in a different way seems a bit frivolous beside it now In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon Minli s mother, tired of their poor life, chides him for filling her head with nonsense But Minli believes these enchanting stories and embarks on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man of the Moon and ask him how her family can change their fortune She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest Source Jacket flap I loved this book I love learning about myths from the Asian culture I love how the blurb related this to the Wizard of Oz, and I can see that relationship MeiLi is on a quest, a journey Like Dorothy, she realizes she doesn t need anything from an outside source She has the power within This is such a lovely tone The culture is celebrated and the importance of family is here and I love how nature plays into the story so intricately I enjoy the people she meets along the way and the story I loved this book I love learning about myths from the Asian culture I love how the blurb related this to the Wizard of Oz, and I can see that relationship MeiLi is on a quest, a journey Like Dorothy, she realizes she doesn t need anything from an outside source She has the power within This is such a lovely tone The culture is celebrated and the importance of family is here and I love how nature plays into the story so intricately I enjoy the people she meets along the way and the story with the monkeys made me laugh That was a great resolve the book did They characters were unique and distinct I thought this was well executed.I will be readingbooks by Grace Lin This was fantastic for anyone who loves Mythology Read via Overdrive app from the Try something different section Narrator Janet Song 3.5 stars, pleasant voice and good job narrating the story but her voices for different characters sometimes didn t sound all that different A beautiful and heartwarming with a couple teary moments tale Simply but elegantly written, the characters feel like old friends fairly quickly and worm their way into your heart.I don t know what else to say except I enjoyed this one very much It is written Read via Overdrive app from the Try something different section Narrator Janet Song 3.5 stars, pleasant voice and good job narrating the story but her voices for different characters sometimes didn t sound all that different A beautiful and heartwarming with a couple teary moments tale Simply but elegantly written, the characters feel like old friends fairly quickly and worm their way into your heart.I don t know what else to say except I enjoyed this one very much It is written for a younger audience but can be enjoyed by adults as well.Would recommend This book was beautifully written I found it as much a delight to read as my little one did to have it read to her.Minli is a young girl that lives in a poor village in rural China Under the gloomy shadow of a barren mountain, she and her family toil and drudge to just barely scrape by She watches as her mother growsanddiscontent with their lot in life, until finally Minli decides to ask the Old Man of the Moon how their fortune can be improved.What follows is a touching, intellig This book was beautifully written I found it as much a delight to read as my little one did to have it read to her.Minli is a young girl that lives in a poor village in rural China Under the gloomy shadow of a barren mountain, she and her family toil and drudge to just barely scrape by She watches as her mother growsanddiscontent with their lot in life, until finally Minli decides to ask the Old Man of the Moon how their fortune can be improved.What follows is a touching, intelligent adventure I was skeptical of the Wizard of Oz comparison, but it is apt This book is an instant classic, and I am so glad I got to share it with my daughter.Filled with fleshed out characters and numerous story within a story interludes, this book walks that fine knife s edge teaching moral lessons while never seeming preachy or ham fisted about it.If you want to bring some joy into your and or your child s life, come join Minli in her quest to Never Ending Mountain You may just come back seeing the world with new eyes I highly recommend this one Delightful story and great morals, so a nice one to grab for your next family read aloud Watch my video where I explain why this one is a good choice geography asia china cultureAges 7 12CleanlinessChildren s Bad WordsName Calling 5 Incidents dogs, fool, puffed up frogs, stupidReligious Profanities 1 Incident thank goodnessReligious Supernatural See Conversation Topics.Romance Related 3 Incidents A boy comes across a girl bathing in the water He p I highly recommend this one Delightful story and great morals, so a nice one to grab for your next family read aloud Watch my video where I explain why this one is a good choice geography asia china cultureAges 7 12CleanlinessChildren s Bad WordsName Calling 5 Incidents dogs, fool, puffed up frogs, stupidReligious Profanities 1 Incident thank goodnessReligious Supernatural See Conversation Topics.Romance Related 3 Incidents A boy comes across a girl bathing in the water He puts her clothes next to the shore that his pet had moved and turned around so she could dress A boy says that when he s old enough, he wants to talk his friend a girl into staying forever with him He reached inside the breast of his shirt Attitudes Disobedience NoneViolence NoneConversation Topics 3 Incidents This book is a collection of fairy tale like stories and legends of how things came to be such as the rivers and the stars and includes dragons, fortune tellers, a Book of Fortune that contains all that will ever come to pass, briefly mentions gods, spirits of the ancestors, miracle growing sticks, etc Mentions wine Not satisfied with what he has, a man leaves abandons his wife and family to see what else he might attain not portrayed positively.Parent TakeawayA girl sets out to change her s and her parent s fortune as they are very poor Along the way, she makes friends and learns many lessons about character When faced with a difficult decision at the end, she chooses her friend over herself and realizes that her and her family have everything they need It is all a matter of perspective and one s attitude This lesson her mother learns too while her daughter is away Like my reviews Then you should follow me Because I have hundredsjust like this one With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and or conscientious readers like me can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you re 100 pages in, so here s my attempt to help you avoid that So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads You ll see my updates as I m reading and know which books I m liking and what I m not finishing and why You ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not From swear words, to romance, to bad attitudes in children s books , I cover it all We loved this book Beyond the strength of the characters Minli in striking out on her own to change her family s fortune, Ba in waiting and loving and hoping, and Ma in learning to seek forgiveness , there was a beauty to the writing that made reading it aloud a joy. My five stars might be misleading I don t think I would have enjoyed this half as much reading it to myself as I did reading it aloud slowly over many nights with an utterly enchanted seven year old hanging on every word It s a magical quest story woven of Chinese folk tales and the author s own imagination, with bits of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz thrown in as well There are a few passages that are near quotations, apparently an homage to Baum s classic which I m guessing was a favorite of Li My five stars might be misleading I don t think I would have enjoyed this half as much reading it to myself as I did reading it aloud slowly over many nights with an utterly enchanted seven year old hanging on every word It s a magical quest story woven of Chinese folk tales and the author s own imagination, with bits of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz thrown in as well There are a few passages that are near quotations, apparently an homage to Baum s classic which I m guessing was a favorite of Lin s as a child The illustrations, also by Lin, are exquisite This this is one of the most beautiful middle grade books I have ever read.Minli lives in the Valley of the Fruitless Mountain with her very poor parents Her father tells her stories about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon, filling her head with ideas of how they could possibly change their family fortune One day, Minli discovers the way to the Old Man of the Moon and decides to leave her parents to see if she can find him On the way, she meets a dragon that can t fly, kings, tig This this is one of the most beautiful middle grade books I have ever read.Minli lives in the Valley of the Fruitless Mountain with her very poor parents Her father tells her stories about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon, filling her head with ideas of how they could possibly change their family fortune One day, Minli discovers the way to the Old Man of the Moon and decides to leave her parents to see if she can find him On the way, she meets a dragon that can t fly, kings, tigers, and so much.Oh where do I begin with what I loved about this book This is imbued with gorgeously told Chinese folktales that are both original and inspired by actual Chinese folktales the author, Grace Lin, has heard over the years They re so wonderfully integrated in the story and provides a sort of path for Minli, our protagonist.The characters in this are so full of wonder Minli is a fantastic character to follow because she s curious and learns so much on her adventure to the Old Man in the Moon The dragon that can t fly who accompanies her, called Dragon, adds another fantastical element to this story as we meet monkeys and kings and buffalo boys and lucky twins and green tigers, oh my I was floored by the emotion and passion behind these stories and characters and all the messages and morals that are learned are so beautiful, when I reached the end, I wanted to begin again on page one so I could learn all those lessons all over again It took 11 years to discover this book but I m so glad my red thread finally led me to this wonderful, wonderful book