The Moon Lady

The Moon Lady

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by Amy Tan, Gretchen Schields
     
 

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/TAN / The first book for children by the author of The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife. On a rainy afternoon, Maggie, Lily, and June listen as their grandmother tells a story from her childhood. Long ago, during the Moon Festival while waiting for the Moon Lady to appear and grant wishes, Ying-ying discovers the best wishes are those you make come true… See more details below

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/TAN / The first book for children by the author of The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife. On a rainy afternoon, Maggie, Lily, and June listen as their grandmother tells a story from her childhood. Long ago, during the Moon Festival while waiting for the Moon Lady to appear and grant wishes, Ying-ying discovers the best wishes are those you make come true yourself. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A girl's adventures on the night of the Moon Festival make for ``a haunting tale... worthy of retelling and of repeated rereading,'' said PW in a starred review. Ages 6-up. (Nov.)
Hazel Rochman
It's hard to know what age this book is for. Amy Tan has adapted "for children" the exquisite story "The Moon Lady" from her adult best-seller "The Joy Luck Club". A grandmother in America remembers herself as a petted, protected little girl in China. In the midst of a great holiday celebration, she suddenly finds herself lost in the shadows, outcast. She doesn't know who she is, and she can't find her way. It's a long, sophisticated story that speaks to our common nightmares and secret wishes, and Tan evokes the transformation with quiet power. But the original version is full of yearning and restlessness and an enduring sense of dislocation; here the author patches on a happy beginning and end and spoils some of her best writing with cute exclamation points ("I wished to be found!"). The large-size picture-book format is confusing and distracting, with glossy, overcolored, busy paintings facing long pages of text. Better to read aloud the original and let the words work their mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780027888300
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/30/1992
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.33(w) x 12.32(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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