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 to come but not being able to reach the tender shoots and is sent away by the cruel overseer.
Cloud Tea Monkeys is a thought provoking read and children could discuss the issues faced by Tashi as she attempts to take care of her sick mother. The relationship between humans and animals is an important theme as well as the way workers are treated. The tale is brought to life by the sumptuous illustrations which support the reader’s understanding of events and characters. A wonderful read aloud but with plenty of scope for guided reading to explore aspects of characterisation and the themes of the story.
- Free discussion notes available on this website
- 56 pages
- traditional storytelling
- some challenging language
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