“This is a beautifully crafted book - the writing, the structure (with folktales interwoven in the story of Minli) and the illustrations.
Minli leaves her parents in search of the old man on the mountain, so that she can ask him how to improve her family's fortune. Her parents are devastated but eventually find faith that their daughter will return. Minli travels across barren mountains, along rivers and through cities. Along the journey she makes many friends - a dragon, a boy with a buffalo, a king, and a village.
This is a book of tales, told by Minli's father, by the dragon, the king, and many others - all moving the story along and weaving an intricate story of fate and fortune. The language is full of wonderful imagery around nature. Mysticism and magic make regular appearances, but do not seem extraordinary, but rather partners in telling the story, whether it be a talking goldfish, an evil tiger or a flying dragon. The ending is a happy one, a tale filled with moral guidance; one that is not pushed on us, but fed to us through story. A must read.”
Lisa Ard wrote this review Sunday, May 13, 2012.