Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Written by Grace Lin
In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life’s questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.
Primary Source Pairing:
This beautiful book embeds image analysis in the text. There are full page illustrations throughout the book that depict the plot of the story. Each chapter also has an illustration. Encourage students to study and analyze each image they encounter while reading. Print image analysis bookmarks for students to use to guide their analysis.
Visit author Grace Lin’s website for more information about the book including an extensive activity guide for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
Questions for Discussion:
- Examine the image.
- What do you notice first?
- Find something small but interesting.
- Notice the color in the image. What is the meaning of the color?
- How does this image support the story?
- How does this image help you comprehend the story?
Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Image Analysis Bookmark PDF: WhereTheMountainMeetsTheMoon_ReadersBookmark