The basket was almost full of small
budding sprigs of tea, and Tashi knew right away that it was unusual. The
leaves were the color of emeralds and spangled with tiny droplets of water
so that the basket seemed full of green light and a rich sweet scent.
Tashi lives in a small village somewhere in the mountains. Every day Tashi
and her mother walk down to the tea plantation where her mother works. While
Tashiís mother works, Tashi hangs out with a group of monkeys in their stone
hide-a-way. Then Tashiís mother falls ill. Tashi decides she will go and try
to pick tea for her mother. But the person who runs the plantations wonít
let her because she is too small! So Tashi decides to turn to her friends,
the monkeys, for help!!
Cloud Tea Monkeys was a very interesting book! With lots of color and
creativity, it made the perfect book to read aloud to somebody or just sit
quietly by yourself and read. There was not too much writing on each page,
and the font that it was written in made it a quick and easy read, but it
still had a great story line. The illustrator, Juan Wijngaard, drew very
cool pictures. They made the writing even more life-like and it looked like
the characters could just come alive. Iíve always wondered whether the
author writes the story first, or the illustrator draws the pictures
first!!! But for Cloud Tea Monkeys it wouldnít have mattered because
they fit each other perfectly!
The cover of Cloud Tea Monkeys was very neat. It showed three almost
ghost like monkeys coming from a cup of tea that Tashi was holding. I found
that very clever on the illustratorís part, as the title of the book is
Cloud Tea Monkeys.
I think that the moral of this story is that you can find friends in the
weirdest of people (or animals, in this case).
Four stars for Cloud Tea Monkeys!