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LISTEN TO THE WIND by Greg Mortenson

LISTEN TO THE WIND

The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea

By Greg Mortenson (Author) , Susan L. Roth (Author) , Susan L. Roth (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3058-8
Publisher: Dial

In this distilled version of the inspirational adult bestseller—at least its first part—the children of a Pakistani mountain village describe in a collective voice how their lessons had been outside, written with sticks on the ground, until they sheltered a lost American stranger who returned later to build both a bridge and a school. Using a wide variety of patterned papers and fabrics, Roth creates collages crowded with color and detail, casting groups of smiling, dark-eyed villagers and their welcome guest against steep, stony mountains. Closing with a scrapbook of captioned color location photos and an artist’s note, this makes an effective discussion-starter for new and prereaders about waging peace. For middle readers, the adult title is also available in a version adapted by Sarah Thomson (Three Cups of Tea, $16.99, 978-0-8037-3392-3), which sometimes takes a patronizing tone (Mortenson, commenting on his hate mail: “’I expected something like this from an ignorant village mullah….’”) but also features both an update and a long interview with Mortenson’s 12-year-old activist daughter, Amira. (Picture book. 6-8)