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... read more
In the exposition of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, the main character, Minli, is introduced. She basically hates her village, and wants her family's fortune to change. Her parents, Ma and Ba, are also introduced. Ma is very negative and mean to Minli. Ba is more happy, and has a very good... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
In the exposition of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, the main character, Minli, is introduced. She basically hates her village, and wants her family's fortune to change. Her parents, Ma and Ba, are also introduced. Ma is very negative and mean to Minli. Ba is more happy, and has a very good relationship with Minli. He tells her stories, which make her very happy.The setting is also revealed. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon takes place in the Village of the Fruitless Mountain. It is called the Village of the Fruitless Mountain because there is a huge mountain surrounding the village where nothing grows and no animals live. The village is very poor, there is hardly anything to eat, only rice. There is mud everywhere, it is on people, in their homes, and on their clothes. The Jade River also surrounds the Village.
As the novel progresses, Minli goes on a journey. Settings includee the City of the Bright Moonlight, the Village of Moon Rain, and the Never Ending Mountain. The conflict is also introduced. There is a main, underlying conflict that causes other conflicts throughout the book. The underlying conflict is that Minli's family and village is really poor, That causes many problems throughout the book. One problem that is causes is that Minli runs aways to find the Old Man of the Moon, who could change their fortune. Another problem that it causes is that there is a strain in Minli's relationship with Ma. There are several parts to the rising action. The first part is when Minli runs away from her home, to find the Old Man of the Moon. Then, Minli meets the Dragon and they go on the journey together. Minli also meets a very important character on her journey. His name is Buffalo Boy. He helps Minli realize that her home life isn't so bad, and that she should appreciate more, because she has a real home and parents who love her, and he does not. He shows her how lucky she is. Next, Minli goes to the City of Bright Moonlight and meets the King. He gives her the borrowed line, which is essential to her journey. It turns out that a lion really had the borrowed line, and he gave it to the Dragon. Then, the climax was when Minli and the Dragon were in a cave, and the evil Green Tiger came. He tried to kill Minli, but the Dragon protected her. He got scratched and scared the Green Tiger away. His cut soon became infected by the poison of the Green Tiger and Minli set off to find help. She then met Da-Fu and A-Fu, two twin children who tricked and killed the Green Tiger. Their grandfather comes and helps the Dragon and Da-Fu and A-Fu take Minli to their village, which is the Village of the Moon Rain. Everyone in the village shows great hospitality, and the Dragon, now healthy, was soon reunited with Minli. Da-Fu and A-Fu take Minli to the Never Ending Mountain,to meet the Old Man of the Moon. Instead of asking the Old Man of the Moon to fix her family's fortune, she asks him why the Dragon cannot fly. The Old Man of the Moon allows him to fly, and Minli and the Dragon fly back to the Village of the Fruitless Mountain. The resolution is when Minli is reunited with her parents and the Fruitless Mountain is not fruitless and the Jade River is clear and fresh.
“As the neighbors clamored around, Ma sighed. But it was a sigh of joy, a sound of happiness that floated like a butterfly in the air. "Good fortune has come to the village," Ma said, smiling. "And to us, as well." "Yes," Ba said, looking affectionately at Minli. "But the best fortune is the one that returned."”
“Minli smiled back. And suddenly, as she thought about her journey to and from Never-Ending Mountain, Minli realized that while she had not asked the Old Man of the Moon any of her questions, they all had been answered.”
Fortune was not a house full of gold and jade, but something much more.Highlighted by 28 Kindle customers
“But now,” Ba said, “I think, perhaps, the word was faith.”Highlighted by 18 Kindle customers
Minli was not brown and dull like the rest of the village. She had glossy black hair with pink cheeks, shining eyes always eager for adventure, and a fast smile that flashed from her face. When people saw her lively and impulsive spirit, they thought her name, which meant quick thinking, suited her well. “Too well,” her mother sighed, as Minli had a habit of quick acting as well.Highlighted by 16 Kindle customers
“If you make happy those that are near, those that are far will come.”Highlighted by 16 Kindle customers
Jade Dragon had four dragon children: Pearl, Yellow, Long, and Black. They were large and strong and good and kind. They helped Jade Dragon with her work and whenever they flew in the sky she was overwhelmed with love and pride.Highlighted by 13 Kindle customers
Our house is bare and our rice hardly fills our bowls, but we have plenty of stories.” Ma sighed again. “What a poor fortune we have!”Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
the only money in the house was two old copper coins that sat in a blue rice bowl with a white rabbit painted on it.Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
hard and poor. To coax rice out of the stubborn land, the fields had to be flooded with water. The villagersHighlighted by 9 Kindle customers
Crowded in the corner of where Fruitless Mountain and the Jade River met was a village that was a shade of faded brown.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
What kept Minli from becoming dull and brown like the rest of the village were the stories her father told her every night at dinner. She glowed with such wonder and excitement that even Ma would smile, though she would shake her head at the same time. Ba seemed to drop his gray and work weariness—his black eyes sparkled like raindrops in the sun when he began a story.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers