A Newbery Honor Book. Young Minli lives in the Valley of Fruitless Mountains. During the day, she and her family work hard in the fields, but at night her father tells the tales of the Old Man in the Moon who knows the answers to everything. On her quest to find him she meets a talking fish, a dragon that can’t fly, a powerful king. Will she find the Old Man in the Moon, and will she be able to ask him for what she wants: Good fortune for her family?
Photos, 4-color drawings, Educator’s Guide prepared by Jennifer McMahon.”One of the most elegantly structured stories for children I’ve read, this fairy tale-esque book contains many other Chinese folk tales within it. But rather than seeming shoved in or stuck on, the tales serve to further the plot, character development, and tone of the book.”—Elizabeth Kamath, author of Lightning Literature 4.
This is one of the books students read in Hewitt’s Lightning Literature and Composition program for Grades 4. It can be purchased separately or in a pack. The books are listed in the order they are read for the course in the description of the Student Workbook.