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Three Cups of Tea: Young Readers Edition: One Man's Journey to Change the World... One Child at a Time Hardcover – January 22, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; Reprint edition (January 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803733925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803733923
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Viking Press
In regards to the 60 Minutes episode that aired April 17, 2011: "Greg Mortenson’s work as a humanitarian in Afghanistan and Pakistan has provided tens of thousands of children with an education. 60 Minutes is a serious news organization and in the wake of their report, Viking plans to carefully review the materials with the author." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

In 1993, while climbing one of the world's most difficult peaks, Mortenson became lost and ill, and eventually found aid in the tiny Pakistani village of Korphe. He vowed to repay his generous hosts by building a school; his efforts have grown into the Central Asia Institute, which has since provided education for 25,000 children. Retold for middle readers, the story remains inspirational and compelling. Solid pacing and the authors' skill at giving very personal identities to people of a different country, religion and culture help Mortenson deliver his message without sounding preachy; he encourages readers to put aside prejudice and politics, and to remember that the majority of people are good. An interview with Mortenson's 12-year-old daughter, who has traveled with her father to Pakistan, offers another accessible window onto this far-away and underlines Mortenson's sacrifice and courage. Illustrated throughout with b&w photos, it also contains two eight-page insets of color photos.The picture book, while close in content to the longer books, is written in the voice of Korphe's children rather than providing Mortenson's view, making it easier for American kids to enter the story. Roth (Leon's Story) pairs the words with her signature mixed-media collage work, this time using scraps of cloth along with a variety of papers. Her work has a welcoming, tactile dimension—readers would want to touch the fabric headscarves, for example. A detailed scrapbook featuring photos from Three Cups of Tea and an artist's note firmly ground the book in fact. A portion of the authors' royalties will benefit the Central Asia Institute. (Jan.)
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Very inspiring to read.
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A very motivating and inspiring book...that demonstrate how a single person can make a huge difference in many people's lives.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Written for kids 8 and up, this young reader's edition of Three Cups of Tea tells the inspirational story of Greg Mortenson and his selfless mission to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson's original book, Three Cups of Tea, has become a worldwide bestseller. Since the goal is about building schools and educating kids, this book and the newly published picture book Listen to the Wind are naturals.

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.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Joy Cohen on January 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Three Cups of Tea is a fabulous book. I could not put it down until I finished reading it from cover to cover (see below for a summary of the book). The Young Readers edition, tells a similar story to the original version and it has been adapted for young readers by Sarah Thompson, and involves Greg's 12 year old daughter Amira. Any "complex" words are highlighted and described in a glossary. There are beautiful photos of Greg's adventures and his daughter's travels. Amira is interviewed about her personal life and her relationship with her Dad, and her travels. A timeline of his travels, who's who section and readers group guide are also included. There is a great forward by Jane Goodhall.

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.
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Format: Library Binding
If you encourage a child to read only one book this year, I strongly urge you to select this one.

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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