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Adventure of a Lifetime

Three Cups of Tea a thrill of a read says Kid Reporter Alexis Wiseman

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<i>Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World, One Child At A Time</i> By Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin Adapted By Sarah Thomson and Foreward By Dr. Jane Goodall Includes an interview with Amira Mortenson, daughter of Greg Mortenson. Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Pub. Date: January 2009 Age Range: 8 to 12 240pp
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World, One Child At A Time By Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin Adapted By Sarah Thomson and Foreward By Dr. Jane Goodall Includes an interview with Amira Mortenson, daughter of Greg Mortenson. Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Pub. Date: January 2009 Age Range: 8 to 12 240pp

If you love books, then Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Journey to Change the World, One Child At A Time will be one of your favorites. This book will take you on a remarkable adventure to one of the highest mountains in the world. You will learn how the people and children who live there survive and how author Greg Mortenson helped build an education system. Three Cups of Tea is loaded with adventure and thrills. There are absolutely no dull moments in this book!

I read the young adult version of the book, which was published this year. The original version, Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time, was published in 2006. There is also a Children’s Version (picture book) called Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea.

How the Books Began

While climbing K2 in Pakistan, one of the world's most difficult mountain peaks, author Greg Mortenson became ill and got lost. He found aid in a tiny village named Korphe.

The people of the village took good care of him, feeding him and letting him sleep in the village chief’s house. They also gave him one of their most rare treats: sweet tea.

As Mortenson recovered from his illness, he noticed that the children of the village worked and went to school out doors. Their teacher only came three times a week and they didn't have chalkboards. They used sticks to write their lessons in the dirt. Reading that shocked me. It also made me realize how lucky kids in America are to go to school five days a week. As I read the book, I started to feel like Mortenson was MY teacher—going to Korphe and coming back and telling me about the incredible and interesting things that he discovered.

The day he left the village he promised to come back and build a school. His school would permit both boys and girls to attend. He kept his promises and helped provide a teacher five days a week. And, he help found a school with a building and supplies so the kids could learn inside with real writing utensils.

That was in 1993. Today Mortenson is responsible for building 80 schools in Central Asia. He started a foundation called the Central Asia Institute (CAI) to raise money for these schools. Because of the CAI, he has helped more than 18,000 girls receive an education so far.

I loved Three Cups of Tea because of the suspense and excitement, as well as the story it tells. Three Cups of Tea is an adventure book, but even if you don’t like adventure books, read Three Cups of Tea because it's not an everyday story—it’s a once in a lifetime story.

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Alexis Wiseman is a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.

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