Three Cups of Tea, Young Reader's Edition: One Man's Journey to Change the World...One Child at a Time

Three Cups of Tea, Young Reader's Edition: One Man's Journey to Change the World...One Child at a Time

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This young readers edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been specially adapted for younger readers and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism up to date for the present. Includes new photos and illustrations, as well as a special interview by Greg’s twelve-year-old daughter, Amira, who has traveled with her father as an advocate for the Pennies for Peace program for children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142414125
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/22/2009
Edition description: Young Reader's Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 121,079
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 11 Years

About the Author

Greg Mortenson is the director of the Central Asia Institute. A resident of Montana, he spends several months of the year in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

David Oliver Relin is a contributing editor for Parade magazine and Skiing magazine. He has won more than forty national awards for his work as a writer and editor.

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Three Cups of Tea: Young Readers Edition: One Man's Journey to Change the World... One Child at a Time 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 226 reviews.
Librarianloveskidsbooks More than 1 year ago
The addition of Greg Mortenson's daughter makes this book sing. Young adults and any reader will also enjoy the interview with Jane Goodall, who has made so many contributions to society. Ms Goodall is a name readers will recognize and feel comfortable reading. I have recommended this book to so many adults and young adult librarians because I feel the essence of Greg Mortenson's endeavors to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan is best explained in this young adult version. We will discuss both books at my Book Club soon. Every young reader from age 10-18 should read this book. I recommend it as a title for gifts for the young and old alike on your gift list! Sarah Thomson was exceptional at adapting this book.
Ethan_W More than 1 year ago
In Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson embarks on a decade-long odyssey to build schools in Afghanistan. In the most literal sense, his fight is against poverty and ignorance, but Mortenson's self-identified goal is to "wage war with the root causes of terrorism." His quest, of course, is inspiring. His desire to do good is contagious and refreshing. No matter how cynical you are, this book is bound to make you feel a little better about the world. But even more importantly, in the periphery of Mortenson's struggles lies a complex and largely unexplored culture -- that of the country of Afghanistan. (I say unexplored, of course, thinking from a US perspective.) What's great about Three Cups of Tea, I think, is that it isn't only about his one personal struggle. The book is also about modern Afghan culture. I, for one, know that that is a culture I would like to know more about. But apart from this book, from The Kite Runner (to a much lesser extent), and from the recent documentary Afghan Star -- which explores Afghanistan's struggle to modernize in a similarly peripheral and similarly complete way -- there isn't enough out there. Read this book!
liz56 More than 1 year ago
By just looking at the novel, Three Cups of Tea, I didn't think that it would have been that great of a book. After reading just a few chapters in the book, I thought, "This isn't that bad of a book, I'm learning some things, and also enjoying some if it." I thought that it was a fantastic idea that someone should build a women's school in Afghanistan, because they didn't have anywhere to learn except for outside the men's school. And then a guy named Greg Mortenson goes over to Afghanistan and earns money to build a school for these girls. He started a great program called "Pennies for Peace", whick is a very good program because it helps to build these schools for young girls. Greg Mortenson has changed so many people's lives in this book. Every Spring he goes over to Afghanistan with the pennies that "Pennies for Peace" made, and builds more and more schools for these kids that have nowhere to learn. Even with many difficulties to get to the different citie, he still manages to get there. Kids over in Africa needed someone to help them, and they finally got someone.
SallySmith More than 1 year ago
The book three Cups of Tea is a great book. It tells the story of Greg Mortenson and what one wrong turn on his K2 journey did to his life. He ended up in the city of Korphe where he then realized how many towns do not have schools and the children there don't receive education. The rest of the book continues on about how Greg and the CAI build schools and bring hope to the children of Central Asia. I would recommend this book to people of all ages. It tells a story and makes people realize in a more literal sense what it is like over there. We don't have to worry everyday if we will have food to eat and water to drink. We are required to go to school and they are lucky to go to school. This book does a terrific job of portraying the message, "Education means hope."
Anonymous13 More than 1 year ago
The summary would be one man changing the lives for many children. This is because a man goes over to Pakistan, Afganistan, etc. To build schools for the children who have no education. Three Cups of Tea was a well written book. I thought it was really good. I learned a few things from this book. One, about different cultures. Second, the sacrafices people give to help other people. I think that no matter who you are you should be able to have an education. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about other cultures. Also, sacrafices some people make. I thought this book wasn't going to be as good as it turned out to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those leading our government should read this one. I agree with the prior review that Greg should get the Nobel Peace Prize! I've also given numerous copies as gifts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very nice! I am doing this for a report and it was a nice book to do, unlike some other books ive done for reports! It is also very touching!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I had to read it for school but i think its a very good book for children. I really recomend this book to all who love to read. After a while you can start to predict what will happen but i really still recomend it. I am telling you to click that sign up there that says BUY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Three Cups of Tea (adult version) first. The adaptation or children's edition is wonderful. The definitions, vocabulary, and pictures are marvelous. It would be a wonderful teaching tool in the classroom. Many life lessons
Stephen_Kerr More than 1 year ago
My wife and I recieved this book so we could participate in the Book Club discussions on our recent cruise on the Queen Mary 2. It is not a book we would otherwise have been prompted to purchase--but are glad we did. The book tells the story of a life that is touched by an act of kindness that saved his life. That redemptive act changed the direction of his life and caused him to devote his life to helping a forgotten people. I was challenged to consider what a moment of devine intervention looks like. It is an inspiring example of how we can create a meaningful life through devotion to service. The book is strangly secular and vividly illustrates some ugly aspects of fundamentalist fervour. In our Book Club meeting the discussion was animated and intense. As good as the story is the structure of the book can be frustrating. The timeline is hard to follow and there are unexplained jumps in the continuity of the story. I found I had to make a concerted effort to get past this flaw to continue to appreciate the significance of what was been revealed. I think anyone who reads the book will gain a deeped sense of how much difference we can make when devoted to a cause of service.
HajiAli More than 1 year ago
This was a good read for me. I liked the book because it showed that one man, with the help of friends, can do great things. It is good for people who like to read about people who do great things. Something I didn't like about this book was that with the Middle-Eastern names, it was hard to follow who was who. Sometimes, too, it got a little boring.
gross101 More than 1 year ago
Greg Mortenson tried to climb the mountain k2. He couldn't make it all the way up and had to come down the mountain. He ended up getting lost and ends up in Korpe. He ends up putting up schools for girls and poor villages. Greg ended up being president of the CAI. I thought this book was pretty good. I thought it was awesome that he built schools for poor villages. I didn't like when he got kidnapped even though he came out alive. I would recommend this book to all my friends because it gave great details.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you read this book and don't want to send money to the author's foundation, I would be amazed. Now that I am older, I find that true stories like this stay with me more than most of the fiction I read. I hope there is a follow-on book about building (and maintaining) schools in northern Pakinstan for girls, given the current political upheaval there now.
JoanneS More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story and so good that I'm buying it for gifts for everyone I know. It is a true testament to the fact that one person CAN make a difference in this world. Don't miss this one. Everybody should read it. Great for book clubs too. Humbling to realize how many people are living in this 21st century. Greg Mortenson should get the Noble Peace Prize.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors got their point across pretty well. They went to explain why and how they did what they did to help out the people of the small village. They take you into their lives of exactly what they did to help the people of the village to build new schools, clinics , and even. and even a new bridge. They talk about how it has effected them and what they had experienced while they were there and their journey on helping these people. I would recommend this book because it's a good read about people who really want to make other peoples' lives better and improving how they live. They even continue to help the people out even when they were going through a hard time but didn't give up on helping the other people who had it worse than them.
amandacb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the true story of Greg Mortenson, who was taken in by kindly Pakistanis when he got lost trying to climb a mountain. In return, he promised to build a school for them, and ended up building over sixty schools. Mortenson has to contend with land mines in Afghanistan, funding issues, the distrust of the local people. Throughout the text difficult words are highlighted and defined in a glossy. Also, there are photographs (both color and black-and-white). This is the young reader¿s edition, and may be too advanced for most elementary-age children. However, excerpts could be used during social science units or for booktalks.
kairstream on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story how Greg Mortenson built schools for students in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
pbamy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an inspiring story of selfless giving and kindness. Mortenson displays such respect and concern for poor but very proud people. The writing is engaging and well-paced. This version is adapted for young people and emphasizes photographs of children and includes an interview with Mortenson¿s 12 year old daughter, Amira, who talks about her experiences with her father¿s adventures. At the back of the book is a section called Amira¿s Photos. This all makes for a great young person¿s perspective that could help to connect students with the story.
JackieHancox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is inspirational in that it shows how one person with enough determination can really affect change in the world. Mortenson's beliefs and love for the region and people of Pakistan shines through in this adaptation for middle school readers. The inclusion of photos, a glossary of terms and an interview with his 12 yearl old daughter are great additions to this edition of the book and also compells students themselves can make a difference in the lives and education of others.
voracious on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audio of the Jr. edition because I found the adult version poorly written with excessive details. I enjoyed this version which was more clear, though it retained some of the irritants of the original book, such as calling Greg Mortenson, "Greg Mortenson" throughout the entire book. Seriously, we know who he is after the first paragraph. However, the idea that one man can bring about so much good will in Pakistan and Afghanistan can't be overlooked. Very inspirational and hopefully gets kids to understand that they can also change the world.
saniaR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a man who goes to find places where he can built school. His not only finding any places but his finding places where there is no school. His giving a lot of kids education. Which i think it really good. The meaning of this title is the first time you drink tea with someone your an stanger. the second time your a visitor and the third time your family. which is really sweet. if you really like a book about how some kidds learn and what kind of people help them and their diffecult then read this book.
kjarthur on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An insightful adaptation for young readers that makes the story accessible. A recommended read for all ages. The interview with Amira Mortenson shows her deep and mature understanding of her father's work while also knowing what sacrifices entail. She is wise beyond her years. Used to teach charitable giving, helping others, and that education changes a nation more than anything else. Useful features: maps, glossary, and timeline.
sarahpruett1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was very informative but not quite as interesting as other books I have read lately. It is a very touching story about how one man gives up everything he has to go build a school for a village of children who have no school and very little to build one with. He sets out on his journey with a very different goal in mind- to climb the K2 mountains and set his sisters necklace at the top of the mountain(his sister had recently passed away). But he ends up honoring his sister even more by redirecting his goal to helping the village of children. It show me and other readers that by helping others you can make a much greater impact than by achieving personal goals for yourself.Application in the classroom can be made through class discussion of whether there has been a time in their life when they have had to forego a personal goal in order to help others, and the benefits that came from this.Another application can be made through the discussion of the classrooms and schools we have today compared to some other societys who lack the schools and materials for class.
celiebug on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved the book!!! The way he took so much time to help these kids really touched my heart. I also liked that he never gave up even in the hardest times. I would let me kids read this in terms of showing to never give up and to also to teach this part of the country. I would also let them read this to better understand 9-11.
cjl242 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author of this book talks about how he attempts to climb a K2 mountain. The mountain was located in the Karakoram near Pakistan. He then goes into talking about how he had a desire to build a school in Pakistan for the children. He decides to build this school in memories of his sister Christa. I really enjoyed reading this book. I learned a lot about mountain climb, determination, and hard work.