Three Cups of Tea, Young Reader's Edition: One Man's Journey to Change the World...One Child at a Time

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This young readers? edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been specially adapted and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism up-to-date. It includes brand-new photos, maps, and illustrations, as well as a special afterword by Greg's twelve-year-old daughter, Amira, who has traveled with her father as an advocate for the Pennies for Peace program for children.

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This young readers? edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been specially adapted and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism up-to-date. It includes brand-new photos, maps, and illustrations, as well as a special afterword by Greg's twelve-year-old daughter, Amira, who has traveled with her father as an advocate for the Pennies for Peace program for children.

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On the afternoon of September 2, 1993, Greg Mortenson realized that he had failed in his attempt to climb K2, the world's second-highest mountain. But disappointment was the least of his problems. Emaciated, exhausted, thoroughly disoriented, and suffering from edema, his grip on life was loosening. He was taken in and nursed back to health by the impoverished populace of a remote Pakistani village. Grateful, he promised to return someday to build them a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and the story of how one man changed the world, one school at a time.
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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Publishers Weekly
Some failures lead to phenomenal successes, and this American nurse's unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, the world's second tallest mountain, is one of them. Dangerously ill when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe; in return, he promised to build the impoverished town's first school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Coauthor Relin recounts Mortenson's efforts in fascinating detail, presenting compelling portraits of the village elders, con artists, philanthropists, mujahideen, Taliban officials, ambitious school girls and upright Muslims Mortenson met along the way. As the book moves into the post-9/11 world, Mortenson and Relin argue that the United States must fight Islamic extremism in the region through collaborative efforts to alleviate poverty and improve access to education, especially for girls. Captivating and suspenseful, with engrossing accounts of both hostilities and unlikely friendships, this book will win many readers' hearts. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jody J. Little
This memoir by Greg Mortenson begins in 1993 with his failure to reach the summit of K2, the world's second tallest mountain. Disoriented from the high altitude and discouraged by his failure, Greg gets lost and stumbles into the remote Pakistani village of Korphe. It is in Korphe, through the friendships he develops with the locals, that Greg discovers his next calling in life. He wants to build a school for the children of Korphe. He returns to the U.S. to raise money but realizes that he has no idea how to do this. Some good fortune brings him a benefactor, a man named Jean Hoerni, who is intrigued by Greg's idea and offers him the money to build a school. Thrilled, Greg returns to Korphe with money and supplies only to learn that the villagers have a more immediate need—a bridge. Greg helps build their bridge and then three years later, in 1996, the Korphe School is finally finished. Greg next turns his attention to other villages needing schools. With the help of his friend and benefactor, Hoerni, a foundation called Central Asia Institute (CAI) is formed to help Greg continue his work. During the next 12 years, Greg helps build more than 60 schools for the children of Pakistan and Afghanistan despite many frightening moments including a kidnapping, illness and even death threats. To assist teachers and parents, this young reader's edition includes a question and answer chapter with Greg's daughter, Amira, a glossary of terms, a timeline and a reader's guide. Reviewer: Jody J. Little
VOYA - Sophie Brookover
This young readers' version of the wildly successful book about Greg Mortenson, founder of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute, is good for what it is-a younger adaptation of a successful book for adults. The subject matter-Mortenson's serendipitous discovery of his calling to build schools for children in impoverished, remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan-should certainly be of interest, and Thompson does a serviceable job of keeping the story appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students. Thomson addresses potentially disturbing issues like Mortenson's kidnapping and various near-death experiences with sensitivity and clearly depicts the people Mortenson works with and for as fully human, in just a few deft strokes. Overall, though, the narrative here is best characterized as medicinal reading, colored by the occasional inspiring flash, which is the opposite of the style and effect of the book written for adults. By far the most engaging part of the book is the interview with Mortenson's twelve-year-old daughter Amira, whose enthusiastic, earnest, and warmly expressed views on the privilege of education and its power to lift people of every race and creed out of poverty and hopelessness is the clarion call the book as a whole wants but fails to be. Maps, photos, a time line, and the glossary round out this title's usefulness and classroom readiness. Thomson deserves an A+ for effort and a B- for execution and youthful appeal. Reviewer: Sophie Brookover
Melanie Hundley
"Greg Mortenson was lost. He didn't know it yet." So begins Greg Mortenson's inspirational story. He attempted to climb K2, the world's second tallest mountain, but he never made it to the top and ended up lost in Pakistan. The people of Korphe took him in and helped him. He was so moved by their generosity that he vowed to build a school for the children. He spent several years raising money to build over 60 schools. Over the course of his work in Pakistan, he has had to deal with soldiers, Taliban officials, village leaders, politicians, and the mujahideen. "With the first cup of tea, you are a stranger," a villager tells Greg. "With the second cup, you are an honored guest. With the third, you become family." The generosity of the Pakistani people with whom Greg becomes family contrasts sharply with the image that many Americans have. Reviewer: Melanie Hundley
Library Journal
Rescued by Pakistani villagers after a failed attempt at climbing K2, Mortenson vowed to build them a school. Twelve years later, his Central Asia Institute has built 55 schools (some serving girls) despite fatwas and worse. With a six-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal

Gr 6-8

Hiking in the mountains of Pakistan in 1993, Mortenson got lost. He found his way to a small village where the locals helped him recover from his ordeal. While there, he noticed that the students had no building and did all of their schooling out of doors. Motivated to repay the kindness he had received, he vowed to return to the village and help build a school. Thus began his real life's journey. Mortenson's story recounts the troubles he faced in the U.S. trying to raise the money and then in Pakistan, trying to get the actual supplies to a remote mountain location. His eventual success led to another, and yet another, until he established a foundation and built a string of schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson manages to give the story an insider's feel despite being an outsider himself. His love of the region and the people is evident throughout and his dedication to them stalwart. The writing is lively, if simplistic, and for the most part the story moves along at a fairly quick clip. In this specially adapted edition for young people, new photographs and an interview with Mortenson's young daughter, who often travels with him, have been added.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Kirkus Reviews
An unlikely diplomat scores points for America in a corner of the world hostile to all things American-and not without reason. Mortenson first came to Pakistan to climb K2, the world's second-tallest peak, seeking to honor his deceased sister by leaving a necklace of hers atop the summit. The attempt failed, and Mortenson, emaciated and exhausted, was taken in by villagers below and nursed back to health. He vowed to build a school in exchange for their kindness, a goal that would come to seem as insurmountable as the mountain, thanks to corrupt officials and hostility on the part of some locals. Yet, writes Parade magazine contributor Relin, Mortenson had reserves of stubbornness, patience and charm, and, nearly penniless himself, was able to piece together dollars enough to do the job; remarks one donor after writing a hefty check, "You know, some of my ex-wives could spend more than that in a weekend," adding the proviso that Mortenson build the school as quickly as possible, since said donor wasn't getting any younger. Just as he had caught the mountaineering bug, Mortenson discovered that he had a knack for building schools and making friends in the glacial heights of Karakoram and the remote deserts of Waziristan; under the auspices of the Central Asia Institute, he has built some 55 schools in places whose leaders had long memories of unfulfilled American promises of such help in exchange for their services during the war against Russia in Afghanistan. Comments Mortenson to Relin, who is a clear and enthusiastic champion of his subject, "We had no problem flying in bags of cash to pay the warlords to fight against the Taliban. I wondered why we couldn't do the same thing to buildroads, and sewers, and schools."Answering by delivering what his country will not, Mortenson is "fighting the war on terror the way I think it should be conducted," Relin writes. This inspiring, adventure-filled book makes that case admirably.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803733923
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Edition description: Young Reader's Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,364,378
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Mortenson

Greg Mortenson is the director of the Central Asia Institute. A resident of Montana, he spends several months of the year in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

David Oliver Relin is a contributing editor for Parade magazine and Skiing magazine. He has won more than forty national awards for his work as a writer and editor.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    Easier to read than the original by Greg Mortenson

    The addition of Greg Mortenson's daughter makes this book sing. Young adults and any reader will also enjoy the interview with Jane Goodall, who has made so many contributions to society. Ms Goodall is a name readers will recognize and feel comfortable reading. I have recommended this book to so many adults and young adult librarians because I feel the essence of Greg Mortenson's endeavors to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan is best explained in this young adult version. We will discuss both books at my Book Club soon.
    Every young reader from age 10-18 should read this book. I recommend it as a title for gifts for the young and old alike on your gift list!
    Sarah Thomson was exceptional at adapting this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

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    Great Window into Modern Afghan Culture

    In Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson embarks on a decade-long odyssey to build schools in Afghanistan. In the most literal sense, his fight is against poverty and ignorance, but Mortenson's self-identified goal is to "wage war with the root causes of terrorism."

    His quest, of course, is inspiring. His desire to do good is contagious and refreshing. No matter how cynical you are, this book is bound to make you feel a little better about the world. But even more importantly, in the periphery of Mortenson's struggles lies a complex and largely unexplored culture -- that of the country of Afghanistan. (I say unexplored, of course, thinking from a US perspective.)

    What's great about Three Cups of Tea, I think, is that it isn't only about his one personal struggle. The book is also about modern Afghan culture. I, for one, know that that is a culture I would like to know more about. But apart from this book, from The Kite Runner (to a much lesser extent), and from the recent documentary Afghan Star -- which explores Afghanistan's struggle to modernize in a similarly peripheral and similarly complete way -- there isn't enough out there.

    Read this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

    Three Cups of Tea

    The book three Cups of Tea is a great book. It tells the story of Greg Mortenson and what one wrong turn on his K2 journey did to his life. He ended up in the city of Korphe where he then realized how many towns do not have schools and the children there don't receive education. The rest of the book continues on about how Greg and the CAI build schools and bring hope to the children of Central Asia.
    I would recommend this book to people of all ages. It tells a story and makes people realize in a more literal sense what it is like over there. We don't have to worry everyday if we will have food to eat and water to drink. We are required to go to school and they are lucky to go to school. This book does a terrific job of portraying the message, "Education means hope."

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

    Three Cups of Tea

    By just looking at the novel, Three Cups of Tea, I didn't think that it would have been that great of a book. After reading just a few chapters in the book, I thought, "This isn't that bad of a book, I'm learning some things, and also enjoying some if it." I thought that it was a fantastic idea that someone should build a women's school in Afghanistan, because they didn't have anywhere to learn except for outside the men's school. And then a guy named Greg Mortenson goes over to Afghanistan and earns money to build a school for these girls. He started a great program called "Pennies for Peace", whick is a very good program because it helps to build these schools for young girls.

    Greg Mortenson has changed so many people's lives in this book. Every Spring he goes over to Afghanistan with the pennies that "Pennies for Peace" made, and builds more and more schools for these kids that have nowhere to learn. Even with many difficulties to get to the different citie, he still manages to get there. Kids over in Africa needed someone to help them, and they finally got someone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2008

    Important as well as engaging reading

    Those leading our government should read this one. I agree with the prior review that Greg should get the Nobel Peace Prize! I've also given numerous copies as gifts.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    Three Cups of Tea Review

    The summary would be one man changing the lives for many children. This is because a man goes over to Pakistan, Afganistan, etc. To build schools for the children who have no education. Three Cups of Tea was a well written book. I thought it was really good. I learned a few things from this book. One, about different cultures. Second, the sacrafices people give to help other people. I think that no matter who you are you should be able to have an education.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about other cultures. Also, sacrafices some people make. I thought this book wasn't going to be as good as it turned out to be.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

    Three Cups of Tea

    Greg Mortenson tried to climb the mountain k2. He couldn't make it all the way up and had to come down the mountain. He ended up getting lost and ends up in Korpe. He ends up putting up schools for girls and poor villages. Greg ended up being president of the CAI.
    I thought this book was pretty good. I thought it was awesome that he built schools for poor villages. I didn't like when he got kidnapped even though he came out alive. I would recommend this book to all my friends because it gave great details.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    This is an inspiring book that needs to be shared with friends and family, young and old.

    If you read this book and don't want to send money to the author's foundation, I would be amazed. Now that I am older, I find that true stories like this stay with me more than most of the fiction I read. I hope there is a follow-on book about building (and maintaining) schools in northern Pakinstan for girls, given the current political upheaval there now.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2008

    The difference one person can make

    This is an amazing story and so good that I'm buying it for gifts for everyone I know. It is a true testament to the fact that one person CAN make a difference in this world. Don't miss this one. Everybody should read it. Great for book clubs too. Humbling to realize how many people are living in this 21st century. Greg Mortenson should get the Noble Peace Prize.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    This book is very nice! I am doing this for a report and it was

    This book is very nice! I am doing this for a report and it was a nice book to do, unlike some other books ive done for reports! It is also very touching!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Three cups of tea review:

    I love this book! I had to read it for school but i think its a very good book for children. I really recomend this book to all who love to read. After a while you can start to predict what will happen but i really still recomend it. I am telling you to click that sign up there that says BUY!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Read this Book

    I had to read this book and this was the only good book this year we have read. I learned so much in such a fun way. It had some culture in it, but it also told you about how poor people are. It made the saying one person can make a difference so real. It gave you something to think about and in a good way. I hope many people can pass on this meaningful message this great and fantastic book carries

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2009

    Three Cups of Tea - Children's

    I read Three Cups of Tea (adult version) first. The adaptation or children's edition is wonderful. The definitions, vocabulary, and pictures are marvelous. It would be a wonderful teaching tool in the classroom. Many life lessons

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    Thought Provoking

    My wife and I recieved this book so we could participate in the Book Club discussions on our recent cruise on the Queen Mary 2. It is not a book we would otherwise have been prompted to purchase--but are glad we did.

    The book tells the story of a life that is touched by an act of kindness that saved his life. That redemptive act changed the direction of his life and caused him to devote his life to helping a forgotten people. I was challenged to consider what a moment of devine intervention looks like. It is an inspiring example of how we can create a meaningful life through devotion to service.

    The book is strangly secular and vividly illustrates some ugly aspects of fundamentalist fervour. In our Book Club meeting the discussion was animated and intense.

    As good as the story is the structure of the book can be frustrating. The timeline is hard to follow and there are unexplained jumps in the continuity of the story. I found I had to make a concerted effort to get past this flaw to continue to appreciate the significance of what was been revealed.

    I think anyone who reads the book will gain a deeped sense of how much difference we can make when devoted to a cause of service.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Great Book

    I purchased this book for a grand daughter and she loved it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    Inspiring

    This was a good read for me. I liked the book because it showed that one man, with the help of friends, can do great things. It is good for people who like to read about people who do great things.

    Something I didn't like about this book was that with the Middle-Eastern names, it was hard to follow who was who. Sometimes, too, it got a little boring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Three Cups of Tea

    This is a great book. If you enjoyed the adult version of "Three Cups of Tea", you should not miss the opportunity to read this youth version to your child. My son is in fourth grade and his teacher has decided to have the children read it in class during their "Reading Club".
    The children that I know that have read it, have enjoyed it a lot, especially knowing that it is a true story. They have also enjoyed the pictures of the "real people" of the story.
    A book that I strongly reccommend.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

    Wonderful story - Wonderful book!

    I read "Three Cups of Tea" a few years ago and was immensely moved by Mortenson's story. It broke my heart to know that here we take simple objects like a pencil and paper for granted, while in other parts of the world children must do their lessons using a stick writing in the dirt. The love and appreciation shown Mortenson by the people was heartwarming. I loved this book so much that I purchased the new young reader's edition for my ten year old granddaughter.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Omg

    This book sucks dicks he is horrible and a lier

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Its not a true story!!!!! The author says it was until recently

    Its not a true story!!!!! The author says it was until recently the truth came out.  

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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