Cloud Tea Monkeys

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Cloud Tea Monkeys

By Mal Peet; Elspeth Graham; Juan Wijngaard (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763644536, 56pp.

Publication Date: February 23, 2010

Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet and his wife, Elspeth Graham, team up for a captivating, lushly illustrated tale evoking a Chinese legend.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Tashi lives in a tiny village at the foot of the mountains, below the tea plantations where her mother works. When her mother falls ill, Tashi goes alone to the plantation, hoping to earn money for the doctor. But she is far too small to harvest the tender shoots, and her clumsy efforts anger the cruel Overseer. She is desolate, until chack-chack-chack something extraordinary happens. Inspired by a centuries-old legend of tea-picking monkeys, here is a richly told tale full of vivid characters: the heartless Overseer, the enigmatic Royal Tea Taster, and far away an empress with a penchant for tea.

About the Author
Husband and wife team Mal Peet (1947 2015) and Elspeth Graham wrote three books together: "Cloud Tea Monkeys, Mysterious Traveler, "and "Night Sky Dragons. "Mal Peet also authored several YA novels, including the Carnegie Medal winning novel "Tamar, "the "Boston Globe Horn Book" Honor Book" Life: An Exploded Diagram" and three Paul Faustino novels: "Keeper, The Penalty, " and "Exposure."

Juan Wijngaard has illustrated more than thirty books for children, including SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE: AN INTERACTICE POP-UP THEATRE and the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning SIR GAWAIN AND THE LOATHLY LADY. He lives in New Mexico."