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Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea

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Greg Mortenson stumbled, lost and delirious, into a remote Himalayan village after a failed climb up K2. The villagers saved his life, and he vowed to return and build them a school. The remarkable story of his promise kept is now perfect for reading aloud. Told in the voice of Korphe’s children, this story illuminates the humanity and culture of a relevant and distant par ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 22nd 2009 by Dial Books
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Cindy Benabderrahman
Apr 19, 2009 Cindy Benabderrahman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who has a grandma who loves them so much
This is the picture book version of the story based on the true adventure of Dr. Greg Mortenson, who was injured on a mountain in Pakistan, and who was helped to recover by the people of a poor village in the mountains. When he was well enough to leave, he asked how he could repay the people, and was told to “listen to the wind” to find his answer. He did, and he was inspired to go back to the village and build a school. He has built many schools now all over Pakistan for children who live in vi ...more
Mar 04, 2009 Chrissy rated it it was amazing
The adult version of this book Three Cups of Tea One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time is on the book lists of many a friend. Eventually I will get to this book, but recently I found this in the children's room of the library we usually visit. On a whim, I checked it to get a glimpse of this popular story. I know this is the ultra watered down version but for now it made for a quick read that captivated all three of my children. The artwork is also very cool. The illustra ...more
Mar 13, 2009 Jane rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Picturebook based on the Story of Greg Mortenson's school building project in Pakistan. While this book tells the essential story of the task of getting a school built in the mountain village of Korphe, it does not convey the personal struggle and commitment of Dr. Greg. The book doesn't convey to American children the significance and life changing effect a school and a teacher would have on the village and its children. The illustrator chose collage art to illustrate the story as an imitation ...more
Feb 17, 2009 Malissa rated it it was amazing
a wonderful adaptation of Three cups of Tea for children to understand. I think no American child will understand the amazing gift of education that is so readily available in our country, at least my kids don't get it yet, and the obstacles that everyone had to overcome. It is hard to put your mind around poverty and stifling religious rule like these children deal with everyday, but it was so beautiful to see it all come together. The mosaics are Stunning in this book and I LOVE the scrapbook ...more
May 02, 2009 Anne rated it liked it
Absolutely love the collage style of illustration. It makes for beautiful pictures and works well with the story - especially with the extra tidbits given at the end of the book that talk more about the culture of the village of Korphe, Pakistan. It is a true story based on Dr. Greg Mortenson and "Three Cups of Tea" where he builds schools in rural war-torn countries. I want to rate it higher because of the art, but the story itself lacks something in the writing, it's not as compelling as I wou ...more
Apr 02, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Okay, this book is beautiful. The illustrations are compelling, colorful, creative--made of absolutely stunning collages of fabric and other materials, photographed and set. And the story... I read it to my preschoolers, fighting back tears as I read (both times they asked me to read it!). And then we talked about what it would be like to really build your own school from the ground up. I think it deserves a couple more readings with them to see what we can do about having it grab their imaginat ...more
Mar 15, 2009 Angie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
To be fair I found it more memorable for the art ... not that I don't think the story is amazing. But this is one of the COOLEST examples of collage I've ever seen. Loved it. Hope the art will attract kids and they will learn something about caring for others as they read it.
Nov 18, 2009 Alicia rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of Greg Mortenson's journey to Korphe, a village in Pakistan. The story is told from the perspective of the children that live there. Prior to Mortenson's visit to Korphe, the village did not have a school building. Children were taught outside. Without school supplies, the children wrote in the dirt with sticks. Mortenson helps the people of Korphe to build a schoolhouse, and Julia Bergman, a librarian, helps to supply the school with books. Now the children of Korphe ...more
Nancy O'Toole
Listen to the Wind retells the story of Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time for younger readers in the form of a picture book. In this story, an American nurse becomes lost on a mountain and wanders into a village in Pakistan. The villagers find him and nurse him back to health. In return, he helps out at the people with his skills, and helps to make a school for the children. The story translates surprisingly well to a picture book format. Making the de ...more
Disappointing. The folks who put together this book missed a real opportunity. Bleh storytelling. The writing does nothing to convey to kids the conditions under which Korphe children tried to go to school, or the isolation in which they lived. The amount of effort the entire community put in to make the school happen does not come through. They also completely left out the efforts of American schoolchildren to raise funds for this and other Pakistan school projects, and contact information for ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Katina rated it it was amazing
This story is told by the children from the small town of Korphe, Pakistan. The children share a story about a man named Greg Mortenson who was hiking in the mountains near by the town. He became lost and a man from the village brought him back to health. He spent days talking and learning from everyone in the village. The children showed him where they have school: outside, three days a week from a teacher use travels from village to village to teach the children. But the students still studied ...more
Over the summer the school where I teach took on a “One Book, One School” reading project. All children, family, faculty, and staff were asked to read the ability-appropriate version of Greg Mortenson’s book Three Cups of Tea. Listen to the Wind is the version my kindergarten students read. It is not the most compelling storytelling I’ve ever read, but my students responded very positively to the book. The language was age appropriate so they could understand what was happening, and the illustr ...more
Bismarck Public Library
"Listen to the Wind" is based on the experiences of Dr. Gregory Mortensen who is widely known for his efforts in building schools for children living in poor villages in Pakistan. The illustrations are from collages created by Susan L. Roth.

Dr. Mortenson also wrote a book about his experiences for adult readers, titled "Three Cups of Tea."

CLICK HERE to find "Listen to the Wind" in Bismarck Public Library's online catalog.

CLICK HERE to find "Three Cups of Tea" in Bismarck Public Library's onli
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is the picture book version of the author's Three Cups of Tea. I must read that book now, because the picture book left me with questions: How did he come to be in Pakistan in the first place? How did he get the materials together? And I want to know more about the librarian. I'd give the picture book 5 stars except that I found Susan Roth's illustrations to be unclear in spots, so that I couldn't tell what was going on. The photos at the end helped. This was an inspiring story that I enjoy ...more
Feb 23, 2009 Lori rated it liked it
After reading Three cups of Tea and feeling inspired, I got this from the library to read to my kids. My 6 year old wasn't that interested in it, and he usually loves books I read to him. However, I still think it is a story that inspires and I'm glad it's in children's form.
Feb 06, 2016 Christine rated it liked it
This book is a children’s version of “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. Greg Mortenson was hiking in the mountains of Pakistan and lost his way. He was taken in by the Korphe people who live in a very secluded village in the mountains of Pakistan. He becomes friends with the Korphe people and wants to thank them for their generosity and decides to build a school. This book is told through the voice of the Korphe children. The reader learns of the hard life of the Korphe people living in the ...more
Feb 09, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it
Mia read the first page, and I read her the rest. Mia had a lot to say about the book, and was able to connect the story to the Peace Project her Girlscout troop has been involved in for a few years. We talked about what it must be like to study outside, writing your lessons in the mud, without books. We will look at the Pennies for Peace website together tonight.
Leanne Ellis
Mar 13, 2014 Leanne Ellis rated it liked it
3 and a half stars. This is an excellent introduction for students running a Pennies for Peace program. I am so glad they created this book, which just came out on January 22, 2009. It is appropriate for all children as an intro, and the photos with captions at the end are very helpful. The illustrations throughout are truly breathtaking. The kids loved it, too.
Faith Bevitz
Mar 31, 2009 Faith Bevitz rated it liked it
I read this book to my god son since I love the adult version. The artwork in the book was beautiful. I wish that the photos were dispersed through out the book instead of at the end. Also, I think the book was a little too deep and gladly unrealistic to my six year old god son. He acted like he had ants in his pants and couldn't wait for the book to be over.
Mary Etta
Feb 26, 2009 Mary Etta rated it liked it
I'd like to have liked the book more than I did. I'm looking forward to sharing it with children to see if they appreciate the collage illustrations better than I have at this point and also to see what they understand of the story. I loved reading "Three Cups of Tea" and admire Greg Mortenson, but for whatever reason this just doesn't click.
Feb 16, 2009 Allison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
As a Greg Mortenson fan and a librarian, I was thrilled to add this picture book to my collection. I was already sold on Mortenson's inspiring story and am so pleased to make it accessible to my younger readers. The paper cut illustrations are incredible. This is my favorite book of the year.
Apr 24, 2014 Allison rated it it was amazing
I love this story due to its flawless illustrations. They are beautifully textured and embedded with cultural significance. The Korphe children wear unique garments that are wonderfully depicted through the use of cloth like illustrations. The story the author tells is his own. This adds a certain depth and meaning because he experienced the wonderful events that took place. I love how there is a Korphe scrapbook at the end of the book. There are pictures of the real children in Pakistan and cap ...more
Oct 16, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Dr. Greg Mortenson, brings alive his adventures in Pakistan after getting lost. This true story is a children's version of Mortenson's book Three Cups of Tea, and the importance message he shares with adults transfers into this book. After a village heals him back to health he wants to repay them, but how can he? They tell him to listen to the wind, and when he does he is given orders in how to help the village. The illustrations are beautiful for this warm-hearted book about giving back to thos ...more
Mariah Marie
I read this book in my social studies class to get an idea of what the young-readers addition would be like ( :
Feb 28, 2014 Kelsi rated it really liked it
Shelves: february
Overall I really enjoyed reading this book. I was amazed at the level of information it was able to give us in such a short picture book. I think that this book is very helpful in teaching children and informing them about the events that took place in Pakistan with Greg Mortenson without having to read Three Cups of Tea. The artwork that was in this book was amazing and I really feel that it added to the overall quality of the book. I loved the colors that were used and I would highly suggest f ...more
Britt Guild
This story is about the real life adventures of the author of Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson, and how he brought a school to the remote village of Korphe in Pakistan. While the story is powerful as it is about a community coming together to achieve a goal, I would have liked to see more of the feelings of the people and Mr. Mortenson come through in the story. I wanted the story to tell more of the friendship between the community and Mr. Mortenson and how building a school together changed b ...more
Aug 23, 2014 Amelia rated it really liked it
Listen to the Wind: Collage and Life Lessons!
A Review By: Amelia

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I’m a very empathetic soul. I am, in fact, so empathetic that sometimes all it takes for me to get all choked up and teary eyed is a touching commercial. Now, you’d think someone stuffed full of as much empathy as me would avoid sappy things like the plague, but you’d be wrong. Sometimes I actively seek out things that I kno
Mar 22, 2016 Meltha rated it really liked it
I fell a bit in love with the collage artwork used in this book. It's charming, childlike, colorful, and imaginative. My only suggestion on it would have been that some of the images needed to be a bit larger on the page. The story, focusing around the building of a school by the author in Pakistan, is fairly basic, but it shows the kindness of the people around him and the fierce pride the children take in their ability to go to school. The notes section includes photographs of the actual schoo ...more
I haven't read Three Cups of Tea yet, but this children's book has encouraged me to read it. This is a great true story that will teach kids about other cultures and the disparity between their education and others. Would be fun for older readers to compare the two "Three Cups of Tea" books. Would also be a good way to encourage kids to any small thing they can to help others.

From School Library Journal:
Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 4—Holding true to the original title for adults
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Oct 17, 2009 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, children, poverty
I read the adult version of this book, Three Cups of Tea. I loved the story, but thought the book was poorly written. Perhaps it should have been a magazine article rather than a story. Or perhaps a stronger writer should have taken it on. But the grownup version was a disappointment.

Like Three Cups of Tea, I really wanted to like this book. The story is a powerful one. An American climber is unable to carry on and comes upon a village where the people nurse him back to health. He wants to find
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Greg Mortenson is the co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute, Pennies For Peace, and co-author of New York Times bestseller ‘Three Cups of Tea’ ( which has sold 3 million copies, been published in 39 countries, and a New York Times bestseller for three years since its January 2007 release, and Time Magazine Asia Book of The Year.

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