I have been a fan of Greek mythology, Japanese children's tales of samurai and Chinese fables. I was not disappointed by Grace Lin's "When the Sea Turned to Silver." It was a rainy day when I curled up with this book, my cat by my side. I enjoyed reading this book and actually finished it within one day.
While I enjoyed the stories, I was caught off guard by the ending (which I will NOT disclose) and that made the book all the more a surprise. The stories are delightful and there area a few colorful miniature drawings that are intriguing.
I would definitely recommend "When the Sea Turned to Silver" as light reading for a quiet or rainy afternoon.
A previous user suggested reading Grace Lin's books as good night stories and I agree.
The fairy-tale stories embedded within Lin's narrative make these very satisfying and soothing books to read and I enjoy their length and larger, spacious font.
I’ve read all three of Lin’s wonderful fantasy Chinese fairy tales—or are they more fables because they all have a moral. She writes an engaging story that even keeps an adult up reading to find out what happens to the characters in the books. In fact, Lin’s trilogy is sort of like reading Harry Potter. Although they are stand-alone books, once you reach the end, it’s worth reading over, now that you know what’s going to happen, you can think more about the stories told by the storyteller in When the Sea Turned to Silver and how they impact the story. The afterword by the author telling how she created them and the importance in certain Chinese numbers only adds to the appeal of the books.
When the Sea Turned to Silver is powerful, poetic and surprising. Grace Lin weaves Pinmei’s quest to rescue Amah, her grandmother, with Chinese folklore. Amah is a masterful storyteller and her tales become central to Pinmei’s search. Soon Pinmei finds her voice and tells the stories of her grandmother, which lead her into strange and magical places. Highly recommended! Would be a great read aloud. Ages 9-12.
I've love all the books in this series. I think they would make great bedtime stories for parents to read to their elementary age kids!
Another book of fabulous storytelling and intriguing characters from Grace Lin! The richly colored illustrations certainly enhance the text. Excellent choice as a family read-aloud. Grades 3-7
While this can be read independently of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky, I think it is most satisfying when read after those two. This is a beautifully-written testament to the power of storytelling and stories.
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