Author: Kate Hosford
Illustrator: Gabi Swiatkowska
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Theme: Friendship, adventure, and learning to do things for yourself
Opening: Every morning when the Queen woke up, two maids dressed her, two more styled her hair, and the butler made her tea. Every day, she sipped her tea alone. And each day, her tea started to taste a bit worse. Finally, she could stand it no longer.
Synopsis: (from Amazon) Each day when the Queen wakes up, three maids dress her, two more style her hair, and her butler James makes her tea. But when she grows dissatisfied with her brew, the Queen and James set out in search of the perfect cup. With each stop on their hot-air balloon journey, the Queen encounters new friends who expand her horizons—in the kitchen and beyond.
Why I like this book: Well I’m British so tea is very important to me: milk, no sugar please! But I also like it for the beautiful illustrations, the interesting back matter about tea, and the message that friendship and learning to do things for yourself makes for a better life (or cup of tea).
Resources/activities: Learn how to make the perfect cup of tea (supervised by a grown-up, of course). Or have a royal tea party and make fancy invitations for all your friends or dolls.
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