Review Blog

Jan 06 2011

Cloud tea monkeys by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham

cover image

Ill. by Juan Wijngaard. Walker Books, 2010. ISBN 9781406300925.
Recommended. Tashi lives on a tea plantation and plays with the monkeys who come out of the surrounding forests. She shares her food with them. Her mother, who picks tea, becomes very ill and can no longer pick tea to support herself and her daughter. Tashi tries to pick in her place but the cruel overseer chases her away. After she tells the monkeys her story they steal her basket and return with cloud tea.
Based on Himalayan folklore, this story tugs at the heartstrings. Tashi's generosity with the monkeys is repaid in full when they help her out by picking tea high up in the clouds. The plight of the tea pickers when disaster looms and the overseer's cruelty in ignoring his workers' needs is depicted in beautiful language. The magical resolution will be reassuring to young readers.
Beautifully illustrated by Juan Wijngaard, each full-page picture is luminous and filled with vivid detail that adds to the story and the reader's understanding of the characters and events. Additional evocative black and white illustrations are interspersed on the pages of print.
Cloud tea monkeys is a beautiful book that deserves a place on library shelves.
Pat Pledger

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CBCA Awards 2017 winners
2017 Inky Awards shortlist
Environment Award for Children's Literature 2017
Speech Pathology shortlist 2017
2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals
2017 Branford Boase Award
2017 UKLA Book Awards

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates