The Moon Lady

The Moon Lady


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On a rainy afternoon, three sisters wish for the rain to stoop, wish they could play in the puddles, wish for something, anything, to do. So Ying-Ying, their grandmother, tells them a tale from long ago. On the night of the Moon Festival, when Ying-ying was a little girl, she encountered the Moon Lady, who grants the secret wishes of those who ask, and learned from her that the best wishes are those you can make come true yourself. This haunting tale, adapted from Amy Tan's best-seller The Joy Luck Club and enhanced by Gretchen Schields's rich, meticulously detailed art, is a book for all to treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689806162
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 11/01/1995
Edition description: Original
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 334,317
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

With her best-known novel, The Joy Luck Club, published in 1989 and widely translated, the Chinese-American author Amy Tan defined the genre of immigrant fiction, perfectly capturing the struggle between the first and second generations as they adapt to a new culture. Other bestselling novels include The Kitchen God's Wife and The Valley of Amazement and the children's book Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat, which was turned into an animated series which aired on PBS.


San Francisco, California and New York, New York

Date of Birth:

February 19, 1952

Place of Birth:

Oakland, California


B.A., San Jose State University, 1973; M.A., 1974

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Moon Lady 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this book as a child and I LOVED it. I often found my self up late at night, 8:00 was very late for 6 year old me, getting lost in the illustrations. My dad read this book to me on the old lambskin rug, my cat would sit on his back, and I would sit next to him reading along. This book was a joy to read. The art is colorful, captivating, and absolutely gorgeous. Even now, as an 18 year old artist, I remember this book and use it for inspiration. The flowing lines. The bright lights. The magic of the festival. The style. The way the artist highlights. The colors she uses. I could lose myself in the pages of that books for hours on end and do it all over again the next night. The story, while to young me was not very significant, simple enough that I could understand and interesting enough to keep me focused on the words. This book is one of the few that helped me learn to read and read out loud with confidence. If you have a young child and you want to buy them an excellent book to inspire creativity and interest in art and reading I would recommend Moon Lady by Amy Tan. It is absolutely enchanting! Please please please buy this book for your children. I have loved it all my life and I can guarantee that any child who reads this, or has it read to them, will love it too.  
laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is like a pastry, with a bread-like crust of Chinese culture on the outside, and a cream filling of moral on the inside. Every glance at the words on the page is like taking a bite out of it. I highly recommend this book for kids who want to learn about Chinese culture. In this book, a little girl goes on a boat trip during the Moon Festival. She falls off and gets lost. Then, the Moon Lady descends from the moon and the girl shouts out that she wishes to be found because the Moon Lady grants wishes. Later, her family finds her and the story ends.The moral to this story is that the best wishes can be made true by yourself. The girl fulfilled her own wish by finding her family.It has beautiful illustrations of a Chinese town. One illustration shows the singing cricket escaping it's cage. Another shows two boys fishing using a seagull who gets dropped into the water so he can catch fish in his mouth, and then the boys took the fish out of his mouth before he could eat it. It also has a lot of different colorful temple illustrations.
MissMermaid118 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THE MOON LADY by Amy Tan is a sophisticated story of a young girl's maturation woven around an actual character from Chinese folklore. Tan originally told a version of this story in her novel, THE JOY LUCK CLUB. It's been years since I read that novel (definitely in line for re-read), and I don't specifically recall this story from that source. My review is based solely on this picture book.In this book, richly illustrated by Gretchen Schields, a grandmother recounts an incident from her childhood to her three restless granddaughters. On the day her family travels to Tai Lake to celebrate the Moon Festival, 7-year-old Ying-ying is so excited she can barely control herself. She can't understand why everyone else isn't as excited as she or as eager to be on their way. Like most children her age, she is by turns sulky and sweet, selfish and loving, distracted and introspective -- basically, naughty and nice. Throughout the day, these aspects of her personality lead her into many adventures, some quite dangerous and scary. Everything culminates with Ying-ying's encounter with the Moon Lady who, on this one special day of the year, has the power to fulfill a secret wish. But what is it that Ying-ying desires most? I enjoyed this story quite a bit. I loved how the language easily transported me to another place and time, another way of describing the world: ". . . the fifteenth day of the eighth moon." You can't read those words and think you are in modern day America. I loved Ying-ying's spirit and her curiosity, her sense of wonder of the world. There is a lovely scene where she plays with her shadow and speaks of it as though it is a little friend. There are also darker elements to this tale, so that even though the story is presented in picture book format, I think it is more appropriate for older children and adults. One scene describes a toothless old woman gutting eels for making soup. When Ying-ying accidently gets some of the blood on her clothes, she naively thinks she can hide the stains by smearing even more blood all over her outfit. Fortunately, in the accompanying illustration, the blood is more magenta in color as opposed to red so that it's not so frightening to look at! Subsequently, Ying-ying is separated from her family. The story enters into a dreamlike phase where Ying-ying is rescued and returned to her family, only to have them deny her because they don't believe she is lost. Ying-ying actually sees her doppleganger on the boat with her family. And then there is the encounter with the Moon Lady herself . . .Of course the story ends on a happy note - Ying-ying is obviously reunited with her family as she is telling this story to her granddaughters. I read this book to my 9-year-old nephew who has a fascination with Asian cultures. The moral and messages were lost on him - it is a rather convoluted tale. He enjoyed certain passages and was very interested in the detailed illustrations. I enjoyed this book but can see that it would not be to everyone's taste. As a fable, it is more apt to appeal to adults. For sheer narrative, some children will enjoy the adventuresome nature of the story; I think others will get bogged down by the twists and turns. I'd recommend THE MOON LADY to adults and older children who are interested in Chinese culture and folktales.
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BookMamma More than 1 year ago
My daughter checked this book out from the library so many times that I finally had to buy it. She loves this book. She started checking it out when she was 6 and I would read it to her. She is now 9 and reads it herself. She has shared it with her friends, little sister, and even her Chinese Grandmother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As people in my neighborhood prepare to celebrate the Moon Festival, I cannot help but remember this delightfully poignant tale of a little girl's first trip to the Moon Festival. Once at the Moon Festival, the child gets lost. Her one wish? 'To be found.' As the mystery and wonder of the festival are revealed, Ying-ying learns that what she'd believed was beautiful and real, was not. This Amy Tan tale is enjoyable to adults. Great to read to kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would definitely recommend this to other kids (I'm in the second grade right now). The main character, Ying-Ying is just like me -'spunky and (believe it or not) selfish'. It helped me imagine visiting a floating tea house in China with Ms. Tan's grandmother. It also helps me imagine all the adventures I might have!! I can't help but smile really big when I think about this book and how it makes me excited with all its colorful pages, too. Thanks, Ms.Tan, for helping my imagination go wild!!! Emma Hoyle
Guest More than 1 year ago
this a great book to read I think every one that is a Any Tan's fan should read this!