Monday, February 2, 2009

Three Cups of Tea Reaches New Audiences

Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, has been a consistent bestseller at Broadway Books. This great book tells Mortenson's story of becoming lost and ill while climbing one of the world's most difficult peaks. He is taken in by the villagers in a small Pakistani village, and -- to thank and repay his generous hosts -- he helps them to build a school for their village. Mortenson's efforts grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since provided education for 25,000 students.

Now, younger readers can also learn about this great story in two new versions of the original story. Three Cups of Tea Young Reader's Edition, is designed for ages eight to twelve. Adapted for younger readers by Sarah Tomson, it includes new photos and illustrations, a glossary, a reader's guide, and an interview with Mortenson's twelve-year-old daughter Amira, who has traveled with her father as an advocate for the Pennies for Peace program for children. This paperback version is available for only $8.99.

For even younger readers there is Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea. This hardcover picture book ($16.99), adapted by Susan L. Roth, incorporates Roth's signature mixed-media collage work to illustrate a compressed version of the story, using colorful fabric, cut-paper, and even computer-chip collages to portray the dramatic landscape and incredible undertaking. The title of this version comes from the advice Mortenson received from one of the village elders to "listen to the wind" to know what do do.

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