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Three Cups of Tea

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  10,594 ratings  ·  1,525 reviews
This young readers edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been specially adapted for younger readers and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism up to date for the present. Includes new photos and illustrations, as well as a special interview by Greg’s twelve-year-old daughter, Amira, who has traveled with her father as ...more
Paperback, Young Reader's Edition, 240 pages
Published January 22nd 2009 by Puffin Books (first published 2006)
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Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiographies

I decided to put it in my bag unmolested for a few days before I mustered up enough desire to finish it. As a matter of fact, its edition is intended for young readers. However, I swerved off after having watched the report of 60 Minutes by CBS News about the author’s credibility on Youtube in 2011. According to the news, the book contained fabrications and he mismanaged Central Asia Institute, the charity he co-founded. In an interview with author John Krauker, he said that it is a beautiful st
May 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I'm not really a fan of true stories. Fiction is the section of the library that I'm always poking around in. But THREE CUPS OF TEA, even the Young Reader's Edition, by Greg Mortenson, totally enveloped me in its adventure. Who knew that one mountain climber could experience so much, and help so many people? Well, apparently the Chief of this village knew.
I could not believe how sad this story was, while at the same time enlightening. While children all over the U.S. sit in classrooms with desks
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Greg Mortenson quotes Mother Teresa and lives by her devotion to help others, "What we are trying to do may be a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of the missing drop". Providing an education to kids and more importantly girls, in Afghanistan and Pakistan is Greg's way to enhance peace and provide people with a reason to live over die.

I thought the story was great. I have true admiration for a man that cherishes education and others as much as he does. It is an inspiring st
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Recommended to Forgetfulone by: Social Studies Department
Shelves: nonfiction, 2011
I'm having a difficult time getting through this one. I'm about 1/4 through. Everyone says, "Oh that is such a good book!" I'm just not feeling it, though.

Update - I'm finally finished, and I didn't think it was a great book. I have mixed feelings about the work Mortenson is doing in the middle east, and I believe there is a lot of self-promotion on his part. He has another book out. After looking at it, particularly the pictures included, I believe it shows just how much of a "personality" he'
Yumi Learner
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Today I would love to write the review of "Three Coups of Tea". A couple of days ago, I read the book in English. It was very inspiring and motivating. Have you heard about the name, "Greg Mortenson"? To tell you the truth, before I read the book, I didn't know about him at all.

He is kind of an American hero. I think most of people know about Mother Teresa because of her great activities. I can tell you that Greg Mortenson looks like her because of his great activities. He is still struggling to
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
Three cups of tea is a book about Greg Mortenson who tried to climb K2 the second highest mountain in the world. Greg fails and then meets a group of Afghan people who are in a tribe. Greg gets offered tea and realizes they keep asking him he wants more. Greg finds out later on that, if you get one cup of tea you are a stranger, two cups of tea you are a friend, three cups of tea and you become family. This would explain the title, Three Cups of Tea. Greg then begins to think of ways to give bac ...more
Dec 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 10-spring-uncw
Pedantic in the extreme and an indulgently self-congratulatory book (self-observation that he [Greg:] deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. But, I suppose, if a school can be built because someone is inept at mountain-climbing, then it's a Good Thing.

The Intent of this work is decent, the Reason seems quite shallow.

I've compared some chapters between the "adult" and "young readers" versions, and find Mortenson is no less pedantic towards his "adult" readers, although the glossary seems to
Sharupa Azmal
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin is a very touching book that describes the struggles of the children of Pakistan and Afghanistan who can’t get an education like American children. An American man who is Greg Mortenson tries to climb the second highest mountain in honor of his younger sister but instead gets stuck in a village where he witnesses small children getting their education. After seeing this he can’t bear to see them in pain so as a result he decides to build ...more
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Okay, my reviews for this book are 99% negative, for many reasons.

-Reason one:
I was bored OUT OF MY MIND. By that I mean I don't care. Don't get me wrong, I sympathize the children in Afghanistan and Pakistan that go without the necessities that I don't think about, but I really don't care. I don't know why but I just don't.
-Reason two:
This was for school. All books chosen by schools (my school at least) are so unbearable that I want to die because they follow stupid guidelines. One of the guide
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it
I read "The Young Reader's Edition" of this book, and that turned out to be a good thing. #1. It was abridged. #2. It included simple definitions for words and terms that "young readers" might not know.

This guy goes to Pakistan to climb a mountain, gets lost and ends up in a very small village, where the people nurse him back to health. One day he sees the village children all sitting together outside, quietly working, and without any adults. He asks, and is told that they are in "school". They
Michelle Hankes
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know what to expect at first, but it really enthralled me and I wanted to know more.

I ended up with the Young Reader's Edition from the library (not realizing it at first and I would also like to make note that in the book itself, the Young Reader's version is actually called the Young Adult version - there's a difference!). I found that this version moved everything along quickly, sometimes too quickly, but I got the most out of it because it really focused
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought three cups of tea was a decent book having read ti with my geography teacher and my entire 7th grade class i believe this book truly shows the true side of pakistan citizens and tribes this book was a good read and kept me busy for about a week i cant imagine how long the adult version is. i wish people however would stop stereotyping people as terrorists just because they are from the middle east or and stereotypes for that matter. But this book was one of the best i have ever read an ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I'd actually give it 3.5 stars... I read this book in one day, an easy read. I found it enjoyable enough and it also hit a lot on equality for women which I appreciated
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Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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This heart throbbing story that pulls at your heart strings was amazing. I do have to say though, this book was very well written, but seemed almost too well written. It had so many details that I wouldn't even be able to remember. It seemed like this book was looked over carefully and was written very...neatly. And with all the controversy of what is true and what is not, Greg is a liar, he did this and didnt do that, the whole nine yards, made it hard to concentrate on the re
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it
"You can hand out condoms, drop bombs, build roads, or put in electricity, but until the girls are educated a society won’t change." — Greg Mortenson . This book was about a man named Greg who loves to hike and decides to try to hike one the tallest mountains in Pakinstan. While he is on this adventure he gets throwned off of the trail he is suppose to be following with the other people he is hiking with and doesnt know where is he is. While he is lost wihtout no food or water he trys to find hi ...more
Sep 02, 2010 rated it liked it
The book begins with Greg Mortenson coming down from the near peak of K2 (The second tallest mountain after Everest). He gets lost from his other climbers and stumbles into a village in remote Pakistan where he is able to get his health back. After seeing the poverty and lack of a school, he vows to build a school for the people.

Greg runs into several snags along the way, but is moved by the people he meets to finish the school and then eventually work full time for an organization whose goal it
Ann McKee
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Greg Mortenson stumbled upon his life's work by accident. A nurse by training, he was attempting to climb K2 to honor the memory of his youngest sister, Christa. Christa had died of an epileptic seizure on her 23rd birthday. Greg failed to reach the summit of K2 and on the way down, he became separated from his climbing party. He had no food and no warm clothing until he wandered into the village of Korphe. The people welcomed him, gave him food, shelter and warm clothing, and nursed him back t ...more
Zayn Singh
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

"With the first cup of tea, you are a stranger, with the second cup of tea you are a friend, and with the third cup of tea you are family." - Haji Ali

In the inspiring book of Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, is about one man's journey to making a difference one child at a time. Greg Mortenson is a mountain climber and works as an emergency room nurse. Greg was climbing the second tallest mountain in the world, K2 in Pakistan in honor of his sister Christa
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
So I have had this book in the back of my mind for a while now, but haven't really come across it when checking out books. I was looking through the YA/kid section of the e-library with my youngest son the other day and stumbled upon the young reader's edition and decided it would be good summer reading for all three of us (myself and my two boys).

Besides chronicling his work building bridges and schools and the CAI foundation, Three Cups of Tea seeks to bridge cultural gaps. Mortenson makes sev
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is about an American climber named Greg Mortenson. He had went to climb K2, in memory of his sister who had died of a seizure. However when he had returned from a failed climb, he had gotten lost and wandered into a poverty stricken village called Korphe. This village is in Pakistan and they have no building for education. Most the time they do not even a teacher. When Greg had saw this he had decided to make a difference and make a school. However making this school had a great deal ...more
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Greg Mortenson is a man that started out to climb the worlds toughest and second highest mountain K-2 he didn't accomplish it, but other men have said he is trying to climb an even harder mountain: building school for children. He is a really great man. Sometimes celebreties are over-pestered with their fans. When they are home with their family, it is family time. It was amazing how the villages would try to bribe him to get schools. He later decided it was best to start the CAI (Central Asia I ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was about Greg Mortenson who was a mountain climber. He was climbing K2 when they couldn't make it to the summit because they had to bring a sick friend down. Climbing back up was exhausting because the air was thinner the higher they went. Greg found himself coming down the side of the mountain and ended up getting lost. He did this twice and ended up in the wrong village on the bottom of the mountain. The village took him in and helped him get his strength back and after he was ready ...more
Aug 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 12th-grade
This story is about a man named Greg Mortenson who wants to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain, in the Karakoram range of northern Pakistan, to lay his dead sister's necklace on the summit. However, when Greg got lost while trying to save another climber, he came across Korphe, a small village built on a shelf jutting out from a canyon. He was taken in by the chief elder of Korphe, Haji Ali. To repay the community for its hospitality, Mortenson promised to build a school for the villa ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I was always somewhat interested in reading this book because I've heard a lot about it and that is was an inspiring story. The writing, however, leaves something to be desired. I know there is some controversy about the facts of the story - but I didn't really care about that. It's meant to inspire us to make changes in the world I don’t need to know if every detail is in the right setting or correct order or whatnot. I thought what this guy did was really great. I enjoyed the struggle of the j ...more
I really enjoyed this. A while ago I tried to read the "adult" version, and just didn't make it through. This book would be great to read and discuss with a group of kids learning about the middle east, or even about current events. Mortenson's passion and his honest account (even about his own stupidity or poor planning) make for an earnest and informative book. It definitely makes the point that there is truly nothing like a good education, and that somewhere, priorities have gotten out of wha ...more
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Age Level: 10-18

This is such a great story about Greg Mortenson and his interest in building schools in Afghanistan. I read this book with a student I was tutoring over the summer. There is an adult version, a young adult version and a children's version. All these books tell the story of how this man fought many hardships to get these schools built. I thought it was interesting that once he knew what he wanted to do and tried to start raising funds, no one would help him. He had becom
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I finally read this short book on my daughter's recommendation. It is the "Young Reader's Edition," so while not a gripping or challenging read, it was inspirational nonetheless. It is a biographical account of philanthropist Greg Mortenson's extraordinary life spent helping others, specifically children in Pakistan. He has done so much to better the lives of so many by raising money, literally building schools, promoting education for girls, and providing other services such as clean water and ...more
Kathrine Holyoak
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I have such conflicting feelings about this book! I was 1/4 of the way into it (and connecting) when my 6th grade daughter said, "Oh, my class talked about how sad it is that the book is not true." I was devastated. I felt emotionally gyped. I hopped online to fact check. I found the 60 Minutes story and attendent backlash. I was sad/mad at the author. However, I decided to continue reading it for the general principles, if not the actual details. I skimmed some, but read the majority. At the co ...more
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
ok, so, i can tell the story is wrapping up. Greg is moving on to Afghanistan and has finished making his school in Pakistan,the school, i think, turned out well, except, sadly, terrorists had taken over, in the event 9/11. This event interests me deeply, it was held in New York, by many different cultures together, one of the cultures was Pakistan's. So U.S armies where killing innocent children back in Pakistan with Landmines. It tears Greg apart, but its true, apparently the bombs look like p ...more
Margo Jantzi
May 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Love this easier chapter book version for student at our school in upper elementary.
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“Greg has never been on time in his life," his mother said. "Ever he was a boy, Greg has always operated on African time." In Africa, many people have a more relaxed attitude towards time than is common in the United States. What an African would consider on time, an American would probably think of as late.” 0 likes
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