Thursday, February 23, 2017

How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea - a bookwrap

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"How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea"

Authored by Kate Hosford
Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska 

Ages 5-9

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About the book...

Having to get up, be dressed by your maids, have your hair stylist work their magic on you, and every day order your butler to bring you tea can become quite boring and tedious when you are a Queen.  Her majesty becomes discontented and very grumpy.  She decides she dislikes the taste of her tea.  She and James her butler fly off on a world-wide hot air ballon tour in search of the perfect brew to satisfy her disgruntled taste buds.

She visits a child in Japan, one in India and also in Turkey.   Each child entices her to engage in the fun activities of their every day life.  She snuggles a kitty ("That was rather strenuous"), dribbles a basketball ("Her Majesty does not dribble," James informs the child. "Well then, it's time she tried.")  She even takes part in some vigorous energetic dance moves.  After each performance the Queen finds herself parched and asks for a cup of tea. The children wholeheartedly respond and lead the fatigued Monarch into their respective kitchens.  They then teach her how to make the perfect cup of tea according to their culture.  

The Queen learns that the three secrets to making the best cup of tea possible are:

*make the tea yourself   
*milk and sugar are optional
  * but the most important thing is to share your tea with friends

This simple act of kindness can be enough to start a lifelong friendship and a guarantee that many more cups will be shared together in the future.  Happiness is truly a hug in a teacup! 

The vintage style illustrations are amusing and humorous.  They are coloured-pencil and depict perfectly the evolution of the Queen from an uptight elite to a free-spirited, open-minded, fun-loving aristocrat.  I really enjoyed this book, especially the illustrations.  It was a very fun read indeed. 

Storywraps rating.... 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author...

Kate Hosford grew up in Waitsfield, Vermont. Before becoming a children’s author, Kate worked as an elementary school teacher, a social worker and an illustrator.

Kate has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has written three  picture books and one poetry collection. INFINITY AND ME (Carolrhoda, 2012) was an ALA Notable Book, A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, a Cook Prize Finalist honoring a STEM picture book, and the recipient of a Kirkus starred review.
Her poetry collection, FEEDING THE FLYING FANELLIS AND OTHER POEMS FROM A CIRCUS CHEF (Carolrhoda, 2015), was a Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Book and Independent Publisher Book Awards bronze medalist. Her books have sold in China and Korea.
She has two upcoming picture books: HOW THE QUEEN FOUND THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA (Carolrhoda, 2017), and MAMA’S BELLY (Abrams, 2018). Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two sons.

About the illustrator...

Gabi Swiatkowska, a winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, has illustrated many beautiful books for children, including My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits . She lives in France.

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