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Three Cups of Tea by Sarah L. Thomson
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May 29, 2010

liked it

I had to read the Young Reader's edition for a book discussion (and I didn't really have time to read the original version either). I thought it was fascinating to learn about the hugely different culture of Islam (something I was already interested in) and I really respected what Greg Mortenson was doing. I liked that he is trying to educate children, especially girls, in order to make necessary changes in the culture itself. Schools would ultimately make a real change in Pakistan and Afghanistan, whereas certain material things don't last or change anything long-term.

However, the Young Reader's edition, rather than making the story more interesting or easier to read, made it dull and almost boring. I don't even know if I would recommend it to a younger kid. It wasn't special, it was just dumbed down. (The only really different part, as far as I could tell, was the interview with Greg's daughter, Amira.)

I definitely plan on reading the adult version of the book. I imagine that, told in his own words, Greg Mortenson's story is much more interesting.

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