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You can now purchase the complete Kids' Wings 30-page unit for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon PLUS a Jeopardy-type interactive game for immediate download for only $14.95!
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"'You know where the Never-Ending Mountain is?' the dragon asked. 'I thought to see the Old Man of the Moon was impossible. You must be very wise to know how to find him.' 'Not really,' Minli said. 'I got the directions from a goldfish.'"

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin

A 2010 Newbery Honor Book

Minli is a young Chinese girl who lives in the shadow of the Fruitless Mountain where life is hard. Her heart breaks for her mother who constantly bemoans the never ending toil in the rice fields for little more than to keep them from starving. Minli dreams of being able to do somethiing to change the family's fortune. Her father finds comfort in in the folktales about the Jade Dragon who keeps their mountain bare, the greedy Magistrate Tiger, and the Old Man of the Moon who holds everyone's destinies. Minli cherishes the stories that he shares every night to brighten their evenings and always ponders ways to bring happiness into her mother's life.

One morning, a stranger shouted "Goldfish! Bring fortune to your home!" Minli was drawn to him like a moth to a candle, asking how that could be true. Upon seeing the goldfish in his bowls and hearing, she spent one of her only copper coins to purchase one. Naturally, her parents were not happy that she wasted her money on a goldfish. After she explained how it could change their fortune, her father told her "The Story of The Old Man of the Moon."

Inspired by her father's story, that night, Minli slipped off on a journey, guided by the instructions from the goldfish and weaving together people, monkeys, a flightless dragon, and stories that guide her search for The Old Man of the Moon who knows everything and can answer any question. Along the way, she finds excitement, danger, humor, magic, and wisdom, and she befriends a flightless dragon, a talking fish, and other companions and helpmates in her quest.

Minli's determination to help her family, as well as the grief her parents feel at her absence, is compelling and thoroughly human. Behind the magic and absolute delight of other fairytale aspects like the talking animals, real morals provide enrichment for character-building and problem solving.

The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic writing prompts and a culminating interactive Jeopardy-type game, a great study for all, including gifted and talented students. Teachers who want to bring folktales to life in their classrooms must make this book and the Kids Wings guide part of their classroom literature activities.

Research Links
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Author, Grace Lin's Home Page
Meet Grace Lin on the Today Show
Grace Lin Blog
Ancient Chinese Stories
Folktales from Around the World
Lesson Plan for Ancient Chinese Folktales

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You can now purchase the complete Kids' Wings 30-page unit for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon PLUS a Jeopardy-type interactive game for immediate download for only $14.95!
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A 29-page teacher guide, activity unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Readers’ Theater Introduction
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools, Dialectical Journaling
Vocabulary List and Frayer Model Activities
Character Studies
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions with PreReading Quick Writes
Many Multiple Choice and Short Answer Comprehension Questions
Several Visualizing the Story Comprehension Pages
Summarization Check-up
Recalling and Analyzing the Events
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys

Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game!

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is included in the Kids Wings Reading Out of the Box collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. It contains 848 pages of activities in 25 titles PLUS a "Jeopardy-type" game for each novel! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Reading Out of the Box, you can get 25 literature guides for only $35, or less than $1.40 each! This is probably the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!

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