Monday, July 17, 2017

Starry River of the Sky

Book: Starry River of the Sky
Author: Grace Lin

The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can't help but notice the village's peculiar inhabitants and their problems-where has the innkeeper's son gone? Why are Master Chao and Widow Yan always arguing? What is the crying sound Rendi keeps hearing? And how can crazy, old Mr. Shan not know if his pet is a toad or a rabbit?

But one day, a mysterious lady arrives at the Inn with the gift of storytelling, and slowly transforms the villagers and Rendi himself. As she tells more stories and the days pass in the Village of Clear Sky, Rendi begins to realize that perhaps it is his own story that holds the answers to all those questions.-Goodreads

Review: This is a book of Chinese mythology told using stories within stories. My 9 year old self with have loved this. My 39 year old self (omg I'm old!) found this cute but boring. I found myself skimming quite a bit. 

Overall, a good choice for your child in grades 3-5. 

Grade: 2.5/5

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