Saturday, January 24, 2009

Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World... by Greg Mortenson. Mortenson besting selling Three Cups of Tea has adapted for middle grade readers. In 1993 Mortenson attemped to climb K2 to leave a necklace in honor of his sister. He never made it to the top of the mountain. He was lost in the mountains of Pakistan. The people in Korphe, a small village not even be enough to warrant a spot on a map, save his life. Mortenson promises to pay them back by building a school. This would be the first of many schools. This book bridges a gap, making the people in a another nation not seem so foreign, every child wants and deserves the same thing an education and a chance. This book teaches many lessons without being preachy like not to fear differences and embrace other peoples customs. Though it's a young readers edition, the book does not underestimate its intended audience ability to understand its message. The interview with Mortenson's 12 yr old daughter Amira will go across very well with young readers. There's a helpful glossary in the back, including the words- infidel, Dari and hostel. Just like the original Three Cups of Tea this would make an excellent book club selection.
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Its was an incredible speech, Greg said. And by the time Syed Abbas had finished, he had the entire crowd in tears. I wish all Americans who think Muslim is just another way of saying terrorist could have been there that day. The true core tenets of Islam are justice, tolerance and charity.


teacherninja said...

Sounds great! I hadn't heard of this. Thanks so much for the post.

Doret said...

It just came out last week. I was very happy to see it was for middle grade readers and not young adults because they can just read the original.

Lenore Appelhans said...

Such a nice idea to adapt to middle grade readers.