Cloud Tea Monkeys

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Cloud Tea Monkeys is a simple, beautifully illustrated story. Somewhere between a  picture book and chapter book/early reader in terms of the text length, the tale is set in colonial  India  (references to the Empress of all Known Lands) but  based on a Chinese tale of monkeys trained to pick tea for a monastery. The setting, in the Himalayan foothills, is beautifully depicted as is the impoverished and precarious existence of the people. It’s rare and lovely to see a child of colour as protagonist in a book published for the UK market and Tashi is an endearingly cute heroine.

About g.r.del

reading, writing and the rest. @storyvilled on twitter.
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