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Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet
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May 01, 12



Is a lovely fable about special tea. A young girl’s mother becomes very ill, as her mother is unable to work they do not have the money to pay the doctor to make her better. The little girl called Tashi, try to carry out her mum’s shift, collecting tea leaves. However, she is laughed at for being shorter than the leaves. Upset she finds a quiet place and cries, the monkeys find her and she forms a friendship with them. The monkeys then took Tashi’s basket. They later return with it having collected the special tea leaves for her. She turns back to find the kings people searching for the best tea in the county. They found her basket contained the best tea leaves in the county. She got paid for the leaves and could afford to pay the doctor to make her mother better. The book had beautiful illustrations to compliment and portray the story, bringing the book to life.

I think this book is good for KS2, it could be used to address topics such friendships, good deeds, precious items, fair trade and different cultures. Empathy can also be created by comparing Tashi’s life to the children’s own life. I think this book offers a cross curricular aspect through history, Geography, PHSE and English.

The illustrations are lovely and portraying the story and add to the message of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

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