Here in Charlotte, as with many places right now, winter can’t decide if it’s over or wants to stick around a little longer. Although the daffodils are blooming and we’ve had a few warm days, winter decided to come back today. It’s a perfect day for a fire in the fireplace, a cup of hot cocoa and a good book.
If you’re like me, you want to make sure your grandchildren pick up good habits that will serve them well throughout their lives. I’ve always loved reading. Something about holding a book, turning the pages, and transporting to another world. We can give our grandchildren so much just by cultivating the love of reading.
For Christmas this year, we made sure we bought the grandchildren a few good books. My granddaughter, Molly, is really into dragons. So after reading the excellent reviews, I decided on a book called “ Where the Mountain meets the Moon” by Grace Lin. It has a lovely cover with a brave little girl riding a flying dragon. Definitely the impression I wanted my granddaughter to have. Fearless, brave and empowered.
As the book arrived from Amazon, I wanted to read it to make sure it was appropriate for my 8 year old granddaughter. Being super careful to not “crack” the spine, I started reading and couldn’t put it down!
It’s such a beautiful story of a little girl named Minli. She lives in a poor village of rice farmers. Her mother is unhappy that they live in poverty, eating only rice day after day. Her father, tired from farming, but always has a story of hope tell Minli. Minli loves her parents very much and wishes for a better life for all of them.
She sets out on her own to find the Old Man of the Moon, for he is said to have the answers to their fortune. Along the way she meets many new friends, including a wingless dragon. They have to outsmart some greedy monkeys together through a peach orchard and spend nights sleeping on jagged rocks. They reach the City of Bright Moonlight where she meets a clever and wholesome King. She is given unusual treasures of unimaginable worth. As she and her new dragon friend continue their journey they encounter a vicious Green Tiger, with poisonous claws that could bring death to his victims.
After a long journey, meeting many new friends and goldfish that talk, they finally find where the Mountain meets the Moon. That’s where Minli finally finds the Old Man of the Moon.
This story of bravery, friendship, teamwork, gratitude and generosity will be a book that you and your grandchild won’t soon forget. Such a wonderful adventure and beautiful storytelling.
I love the gratitude and kindness that are taught in a very selfless manner.
I’m sure that spring is just around the corner, so take this winter day to snuggle up with your grandchild(ren) and read this wonderful adventure together! Time well spent, they will never forget.
You can click on the picture below to get your own copy of “Where the Mountain meets the Moon” Enjoy and Happy Reading!
Update: Some people asked about the fireplace screen in the photo. You can get them on Amazon by clicking the picture below: