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Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and 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 part of the world in gorgeous collage, while sharing a riveting example of how one person can change thousands ...

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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 part of the world in gorgeous collage, while sharing a riveting example of how one person can change thousands of lives.

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What a brilliant idea: Greg Mortenson has adapted his humanitarian memoir Three Cups of Tea for young readers! As an adult book, Mortenson's first-person account of his work setting up schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan became a surprise bestseller. This edition has been updated and thoughtfully reshaped for the needs and interests of children: In addition to new photographs and illustrations, this paperback version contains an interview by Mortenson's 12-year-old daughter, Amira, who, as an industrious Pennies for Peace Program volunteer, qualifies as a bona fide activist herself.
Krystyna Poray Goddu
Listen to the Wind tells Mortenson's story in the clear, succinct voices of the children of Korphe. Leaving out background and history, the picture-book version is nevertheless true to the spirit of Mortenson's experience and mission. The minimal text is splendidly paired with Susan L. Roth's textural, earth-toned collages, which evoke the roughness of the terrain and the primitive quality of life there.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

In 1993, while climbing one of the world's most difficult peaks, Mortenson became lost and ill, and eventually found aid in the tiny Pakistani village of Korphe. He vowed to repay his generous hosts by building a school; his efforts have grown into the Central Asia Institute, which has since provided education for 25,000 children. Retold for middle readers, the story remains inspirational and compelling. Solid pacing and the authors' skill at giving very personal identities to people of a different country, religion and culture help Mortenson deliver his message without sounding preachy; he encourages readers to put aside prejudice and politics, and to remember that the majority of people are good. An interview with Mortenson's 12-year-old daughter, who has traveled with her father to Pakistan, offers another accessible window onto this far-away and underlines Mortenson's sacrifice and courage. Illustrated throughout with b&w photos, it also contains two eight-page insets of color photos.

The picture book, while close in content to the longer books, is written in the voice of Korphe's children rather than providing Mortenson's view, making it easier for American kids to enter the story. Roth (Leon's Story) pairs the words with her signature mixed-media collage work, this time using scraps of cloth along with a variety of papers. Her work has a welcoming, tactile dimension-readers would want to touch the fabric headscarves, for example. A detailed scrapbook featuring photos from Three Cups of Tea and an artist's note firmly ground the book in fact. A portion of the authors' royalties will benefit the Central Asia Institute. (Jan.)

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 4

Holding true to the original title for adults, Three Cups of Tea (Viking, 2006), this moving story will amaze and inspire young readers. After getting lost while climbing the world's second tallest mountain, the K2 in the Baltistan region of Pakistan, Mortenson, a nurse, stumbled into a small village and learned of the dire circumstances in which local people lived. While recovering, Dr. Greg met the children of Korphe, who were eager to learn but were forced to write their lessons with sticks on the ground. Wanting to do something special for the village, he was encouraged by wise man Haji Ali to "listen to the wind." Dr. Greg listened, heard the eager voices of students at their lessons, and promised to return to build a school. The remarkable account of this quest, which involved constructing a bridge and manually carrying supplies to the building site, is magnificently enhanced by Roth's colorful collages. As explained in an artist's note, she incorporated fabric, bits of paper, and other fibers into the scenery in appreciation of the Balti people's aesthetic use of scraps. "A Korphe Scrapbook" follows the story, displaying photographs of the events, the village's inhabitants, and the librarian who helped to fill this school and the 57 more schools that have since been built in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Readers are informed that it is easy to make a difference by donating pennies to support education in impoverished countries. This truly exceptional and moving title should not be missed.-Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

Kirkus Reviews
In this distilled version of the inspirational adult bestseller-at least its first part-the children of a Pakistani mountain village describe in a collective voice how their lessons had been outside, written with sticks on the ground, until they sheltered a lost American stranger who returned later to build both a bridge and a school. Using a wide variety of patterned papers and fabrics, Roth creates collages crowded with color and detail, casting groups of smiling, dark-eyed villagers and their welcome guest against steep, stony mountains. Closing with a scrapbook of captioned color location photos and an artist's note, this makes an effective discussion-starter for new and prereaders about waging peace. For middle readers, the adult title is also available in a version adapted by Sarah Thomson (Three Cups of Tea, $16.99, 978-0-8037-3392-3), which sometimes takes a patronizing tone (Mortenson, commenting on his hate mail: "'I expected something like this from an ignorant village mullah . . . .'") but also features both an update and a long interview with Mortenson's 12-year-old activist daughter, Amira. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803730588
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 264,198
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    A new book every time I read this.

    My mom bought this for my daughter. It is a truly lovely book to read. I'm not usually interested in 'new' kid lit, most of it is hack trash, lowest denominator, or way over kids heads and targeted actually to adults. This book reaches children not by speaking over them or at them but through its visuals and its language. You don't have to be a fan of Eric Carle's illustrations to enjoy these felt creations. These are, IMO, a cut above. Thankfully, the story of "Dr. Greg" is greatly abbreviated for children. Each page is brimming with colorful collage images of the villagers, the children, and the wholly different culture that exists on the other side of this planet. I did wish that I came away with more of a respect for the culture from this book, as opposed to the overall feeling of 'pity' that kids can come away with from these types of books - people who mean well, helping others 'less fortunate'. I love this book because of its direct language, its lovely collages, and I aim to respect how they live. I read it every couple of months to my kids. They always love it. The back of the book also features photos of the kids, the villagers, Dr. Greg, and some others who made this school and the book possible.
    Enjoy!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    Excellent Educational Book / Teaching Charity

    This book is a good way to tell your children about Greg Mortenson's story about building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan for children to improve their situations and consequently, promote peace.

    I have read the adult book, Three Cups of Tea, so it was easier to help my 7 year old's understand the story since I had read the adult version. I shared it with a group of girls and asked them questions.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Amazing Illustrations! Great story about how one man can make a big difference...

    I was delighted to find that the Three Cups of Tea has been adapted for small to young grade-school children! The illustrations are mesmerizing. The story is very age-appropriate. MUCH is left unsaid. There is nothing that could be viewed as offensive or inappropriate. Well done! The book really tells the story through pictures. The text is limited and not engrossing, but tells the story in a manner that will allow it to be read to the youngest children without having to explain how things are different in different parts of the world (but leaves plenty of room to fill in some details for children who are ready to explore such topics).

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2010

    Try to Learn with a Stick in the Dirt!

    Dr. Greg's "Three Cups of Tea" is now well-known to adults, but Susan Roth's colorful, realistic yet imaginative collages help elementary school children from the Western world understand how much youngsters, especially girls, in Pakistan want schools and what Dr. Greg has done to help them get such schools. I'd recommend taking a child outside to a dirt yard, have him find a stick to write with, and ask him to try out an arithmetic problem with the pencil in the dirt. Then read this book with him. The actual photographs that follow the main story are also helpful.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Teaching children about giving & how others live in other countries

    This book is so filled with color & mosaics, and just overflowing with love & giving. The true story of Greg Mortenson, who landed in a village of Pakistan, quite by mistake...or was it? More like divine intervention. He was taken care of by the villagers, then noticed all that was needed in this poor place, although they lived their lives without complaint. He vowed to return with what was needed; indeed he did, and overcoming many problems, a school was built, from stones. It is inspirational, and this childrens' version will enable kids to see that faith can do miracles. The colors in this book are just beautiful & the story rich in words & meaning. It will be meaninful to adults too, so much so that they will want to read the adult books of this man & his wonderful act. You will want to give this version to kids which will be treasured; a wonderful addition to a church library as well as to school libraries.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Wonderful

    They did a good job of telling this story in a manner that young children can understand. The illustrations were terrific.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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