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AUGUST 28, 2017

Cloud Tea Monkeys

By Linda Staenberg

Author: Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham, Illustrated by Juan Wijngaard
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: February 23, 2010
Genre: Asian

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“Tashi knew that if her mother could not work, there would be no money. With no money to pay the doctor, her mother would not get well. If her mother did not get well, she could not work and there would be no money. The problem went around and around. It was like a snake with its tail in its mouth, and Tashi was frighted by it.”

Inspired by ancient tales of tea-picking monkeys from the Himalayan mountains, Cloud Tea Monkeys is the sumptuous story of Tashi, her ailing mother and the magical intervention of a troop of monkeys who change both their lives forever. An evil overseer, a far-away empress and a royal tea-taster round out the colorful cast of characters sure to enchant any fairy tale enthusiast. Richly detailed illustrations from award-winning illustrator Juan Wijngaard (Emma Bean, Thunderstorm!) perfectly complement text that engages all the senses.

Appealing to all age levels, the lyrical quality makes this a particularly good choice for read-alouds for ages 5-10.