Thursday, November 30, 2017

How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea

How The Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea. Kate Hosford. Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Every morning when the Queen woke up, two maids dressed her, two more styled her hair, and the butler made her tea. Each day, she sipped her tea, alone. And each day, her tea started to taste a bit worse. Finally, she could stand it no longer.

Premise/plot: The Queen sets out on an adventure in this picture book. She travels by hot air balloon to three different countries: Japan, India, and Turkey. She meets a local child in each place; the child invites her to have a cup of tea, and shows her how to make it. The Queen becomes used to company while drinking her tea, and it is this human companionship and warmth that help make her cup of tea perfect. The book concludes with the Queen having a tea party and inviting all her new friends.

My thoughts: I liked this one. I did. I'm not sure I loved, loved, loved it. But I found it charming in many ways.

Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 7 out of 10

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comment:

Suz Korb said...

This sounds way cute. I must get it for my kids this Christmas.