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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World... One Child at a Time (Young Reader's Edition) Paperback – January 22, 2009
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When mountaineer Mortenson got lost in the Pakistani mountains after a failed attempt at climbing K2, he was rescued by the villagers in impoverished Korphe. As he was nursed back to health, Mortenson was shocked to learn that Korphe's children had no school, with lessons taught outdoors just three days a week. Kids learned to write using sticks in the dirt. To repay the village's kindness, Mortenson promised to return, and help build a school.
Mortenson did come back to Korphe, and has indeed helped build not just one but fifty-five schools -- many for girls -- in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The idea of "three cups of tea" comes from Korphe's village chief, Haji Ali. "With the first cup of tea you are a stranger, with the second you become a friend, and with the third, you join our family."
Many parts of Mortenson's story are thrilling as he describes his adventures in such a dangerous part of the world. A trip to Afghanistan, for example, comes complete with red rocks that signal land mines: "There are millions of land mines buried all over Afghanistan, left there by armies after years and years of war.Read more ›
Three Cups of Tea is the story of Greg Mortenson, a nurse from the US, who at the beginning of the book is forced to abort a climb of K2. He meets a community in remote Pakistan and promises to build them a school at their request. The book details how despite huge obstacles he builds a school for them successfully and goes on to build a series of schools for children and centers for women in remote mountain towns in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Along the way he experiences personal danger, hostility, adventure and financial strain. He persists and builds a non-profit (in his own way) to fund the schools for girls. There are endearing stories between Greg and the villagers, and the lessons he learned along the way.
This book is not be missed. It is extremely inspiring- watch how one determined man (or is he a saint) can change the world. I loved it! It is a great gift, a great text for older elementary and middle school ( aimed at 9-12 year olds) even some high school students. All libraries should also carry this book!!!!! Kids are in need of this type of inspiration.Read more ›
Children need heroes who reach out to them and serve as life-long role models. Greg Mortenson is the kind of hero that any parent would be proud for her or his children to emulate. His work is aimed at helping children in poor countries (especially Pakistan and Afghanistan) get an education, his first encouraging financial support came from school children in the United States, and he has established a charitable giving program, Pennies for Peace, that children participate in. Did you know that a penny will buy a pencil (something few poor children have) in Pakistan and Afghanistan?
This book is a superb adaption and updating of the original volume by Sarah Thomson to appeal to those in about the 8-13 year-old group. She has added photographs, information, and a Q & A from Greg Mortenson's daughter, Amira, that make the book positively sing from a young person's perspective. The book also features a new foreword by Jane Goodall and some photographs of her with the Mortensons.
The adaptation keeps the drama and excitement of the original while slimming down the stories in ways that make them more iconic. At the same time, the perspective is shifted from adults thinking about children to how the children see and experience Mr. Mortenson's work.
Do you like to read heroic tales of overcoming daunting odds to achieve great things? Do you believe that we are past the age of heroes? If you answered yes to either question, you need to read Three Cups of Tea immediately!
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Excellent product, very happy with this vendor. I would use again. Thank you.Published 25 days ago by vallo Riberto
A beautifully written and emotionally charged book. Greg clearly understands what is needed to bring peace to one of the world's most war decimated regions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I initially ordered and returned this book because after reading the adult version I really enjoyed it and was very much impressed with Greg Mortensen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marie Clark
I love the book a lot. I am reading it for third time this year. That is why I ordered the copy I have now. First two times reading were through my library on my kindle. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shelby Lindsey
Much of the information in this book -- the exploits of Greg Mortenson and the accomplishments of his organization -- were reportedly fabricated. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Scott Argetsinger
I bought several books for an orphanage in Ethiopia - the kids speak 3 languages, including English and are ravenous readers. They loved this book and all the others I sent!Published 6 months ago by DaisyH