Minli is a happy, creative, smart child living in a small, very poor village with her storytelling father and her dissatisfied mother. Minli decides that she will change her family’s fortune by speaking to the Man of the Moon – guardian of the Book of Fortune and a key figure in her father’s stories – and, after getting directions from a goldfish, off she goes. On her way, she makes various friends, each of whom tells her another in a set of interlocking tales.
Based on Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a short, sweet, ultimately satisfying book. The stories interlock in small, clever ways, and Minli’s quiet earnestness prevents keeps her from becoming annoying. Her parents’ growth during her absence is a bit more heavy-handed, but believable and also sweet. I haven’t read much Chinese mythology, and this made a lovely introduction.