About the book: When Tashi’s mother falls ill she is no longer able to earn a living by picking tea. Tashi is faced with the impossible situation of needing to earn money for the doctor. However, she is not very successful at picking tea, being too short to reach the tender shoots, which grow at the top of the camellia bushes. However, she is very kind and shares her lunch with a troop of Langur monkeys. Later they repay her kindness by picking the valuable cloud tea leaves which grow in the high mountains, out of reach of the tea pickers. When the Royal Tea Taster visits the plantation, Tashi is rewarded, and her life is changed forever.
Reasons for selection: Cloud Tea Monkeys is a short text which divides neatly into narrative segments. The story is straightforward and accessible but the language is literary and includes many interesting figurative expressions. Cloud Tea Monkeys is a thought provoking read The relationship between humans and animals is an important theme and there’s an opportunity to study employment conditions and fairtrade. Juan Wingaard’s sumptuous, almost photorealistic illustrations are perfect for developing visual literacy, particularly with regard to body language, gesture and gaze.
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org
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