Welcome the story-tellers

After a gap of 2+ years, it’s time to get this thing rolling again.

Lizzie Ross

A new year, a new chance to tell you about books you might love. Today, a set of three books that weave folktales and myths into the journeys of three children and their fellow travelers.

Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009), Starry River of the Sky (2012), and When the Sea Turned to Silver (2016).

Writer-illustrator Grace Lin grew up in upstate New York, where she and her two sisters were the only Chinese children in her school. Living in this cultural desert was difficult, and Lin admits to having been ashamed of her ethnic heritage. Her mother gave her books of Chinese folktales to read, and it’s Lin’s retellings of those tales that shape these three companion novels. Embedded in the books are also tidbits of Chinese culture: food, beliefs, values, clothing, village and family life. It’s easy to see that Lin is finding a way to…

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