Tea for Me, Tea for You

Tea for Me, Tea for You

by Laura Rader
     
 

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What begins as a very simple tea for one little pig in elegant Swinings Tea Room quickly becomes a party of two ... then three ... and more and more!

With her bouncy rhymes and bright, energetic illustrations, Laura Rader invites readers on a hilarious romp of a tea party that will have children squealing with delight!

Overview

What begins as a very simple tea for one little pig in elegant Swinings Tea Room quickly becomes a party of two ... then three ... and more and more!

With her bouncy rhymes and bright, energetic illustrations, Laura Rader invites readers on a hilarious romp of a tea party that will have children squealing with delight!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rader's (A Book of Hugs; Santa's New Suit) rhyming counting book unfolds through a series of speech bubbles above her porcine characters' heads. "One for tea?" asks the supercilious waiter of Swinings Tea Room. "Yes, just me," says a small pig in a green dress with matching handbag, until she spies a friend coming through the door and announces there will be another ("No, wait a minute-two for tea!"), and then another. The beleaguered waiter becomes more and more exasperated until the 10 assembled friends order everything on the menu, which brings a smile as he jots down the order. Each character wears distinctive clothing, one in a top hat and gray pinstriped suit, another with red cateye glasses. Rader's line and watercolor drawings capture facial expressions and body movement especially well. The goofy joie de vivre of the cavorting pigs and the snooty jowls of the waiter enliven each spread. The waiter and his assistants roll in carts of food, but the patrons refuse to eat until the waiter joins them ("We can't have tea... without... you!!!"). While the counting concept grows somewhat muddied by the inclusion of several other uncounted waiters and waitresses, youngsters will enjoy the sign at the end of the book that announces. "You might think this is the end, but here comes another [pig] around the bend." Ages 4-8. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Another pig tale! This one uses every available space to help tell the story, from the front end papers to the back. Our unnamed heroine enters Swinings Tea Room for afternoon tea and is joined by nine friends, one at a time, frustrating the waiter as he searches repeatedly for a bigger table. At the end, the ten pigs decide they must have him join them, and the shop is closed. The final line says "You might think this is the end, but here comes another around the bend!" on the right hand side of the back cover, which will be covered if the back flap is glued down. The colors are bright and cheerful, and the sense of merriment is contagious. Is this a counting book? Why not! But it is a great storybook, too. Will the audience be surprised that one pig wants beans on toast and another sardines on a cracker? Not important. This is fun! 2003, HarperCollins Children's Books,
— Candace Deisley
School Library Journal
PreS-One little pig goes to tea and is soon joined by a second. More piglets come along, exasperating the poor waiter. Finally, 10 pigs are sitting at the table, and they decide to order one of everything. When the exhausted waiter brings out a cart loaded with food and drinks, the diners declare: "This is nice, but/it just won't do!/We can't/have tea-/without-/YOU!!!" So he closes Swinings Tea Room and pulls up a chair for a private party. The cartoon illustrations are colorful and full of energy. The pigs are adorably dressed in various costumes, and one of them arrives on a red scooter. Children will enjoy this simple counting book.-Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Pigs at tea are the subject of a rollicking, rhyming, counting read-aloud. A little pig in a bright green dress comes to cleverly punned Swinings Tea Room and tells the maitre d� that it�s one for tea--"No, wait a minute," as a piggy friend walks in the door. As the maitre d� walks them to the table, another buddy in a pin-striped suit turns up, and then a fourth, fifth, and sixth, and so on. The maitre d� gets increasingly agitated ("What next?! I am so very tired and vexed!") By the time there are ten, he�s quite cheered because they order one of everything, and then invite him to join them. The piggies, who are varying pig colors and sport a variety of spiffy outfits, are drawn in bright crayon colors and strong black outlines, as are the tea ware, sweets, and savories. At the end, Swinings� sign says, "CLOSED for a Private Party" and all are clearly having a good time. (Picture book. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060086336
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Rader has illustrated many popular books for children, including A Book of Hugs, A Book of Friends, and A Book of Kisses, all by Dave Ross. She is also the author and illustrator of Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight? and Santa's New Suit, which Publishers Weekly called, in a starred review, a "holiday outing [with] plenty of panache." Ms. Rader lives in Southern California.

Laura Rader has illustrated many popular books for children, including A Book of Hugs, A Book of Friends, and A Book of Kisses, all by Dave Ross. She is also the author and illustrator of Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight? and Santa's New Suit, which Publishers Weekly called, in a starred review, a "holiday outing [with] plenty of panache." Ms. Rader lives in Southern California.

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