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Cloud Tea Monkeys Hardcover – February 23, 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 102 ratings

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—Tashi's mother labors on a tea plantation in the shadow of the Himalayas. One day she is too ill to get out of bed. Tashi knows that without her day's wages, they won't have money for a doctor, but without medical care her mother won't get well enough to work. "The problem went around and around. It was like a snake with its tail in its mouth, and Tashi was frightened by it." The child tries to pick tea herself, but she is too small to reach the tops of the plants where the tender new leaves grow. She retreats in tears, only to be comforted by a troop of monkeys she has befriended. And then the magical element of the story emerges: the monkeys climb into the mountains and pick the rarest and most sought-after tea leaves in the world. The Royal Tea Taster samples the leaves in Tashi's basket and pays her a handsome sum, with the promise of more in the future. This story, inspired by tales of tea-picking monkeys of the Himalayas, would be merely pleasant were it not for Wijngaard's expressive, richly detailed ink-and-gouache illustrations. Tashi's solemn face as she comforts her bedridden mother, the dynamic depictions of the Tea Taster swishing tea and spitting out a mouthful, the play of light through the branches under which the monkeys eat fruit, and even the delicate tracery of a decorative pattern on the bottom of each page all contribute to the thoughtful bookmaking.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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Taking cues from Chinese legend, husband-and-wife team of Peet and Graham create a unique story set in an unspecified past. Tashi, a young girl, walks with her mother every morning to the tea plantation. While her mother and other women pick tea leaves under the scrutiny of a slimy overseer, Tashi heads off to share fruit with a group of feisty monkeys. When her mother becomes too ill to work, Tashi attempts to fill her shoes, but gets laughed off the field by the overseer. Distraught and worried there will be no money to pay for a doctor, she retreats to her secret spot. The monkeys snatch up her tea basket and disappear up into the mountain mists, returning with a basketful of nearly glowing tea. When the Royal Tea Taster appears, he nearly swoons over the rare tea in Tashi’s basket and pays her handsomely for the bounty. The tale has the feel of a time-honed fable—simple, elegant, and moving—which is especially well complemented by Wijngaard’s sumptuous illustrations. Grades 2-4. --Ian Chipman

Product details

  • Publisher : Candlewick; 0 edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 56 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0763644536
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0763644536
  • Reading age : 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile measure : 850L
  • Grade level : Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
  • Dimensions : 7.87 x 0.42 x 9.5 inches
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This book featured on The Book Club Show on Inspire FM where I interviewed a group of young readers aged between 9 - 13 years, they loved the book, as did I! There is something magical in the way the story is told and the beautiful illustrations bring the book to life - highly recommend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars My 8 year old (who loves monkeys) really enjoyed this story
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