Luli and the Language of Tea

Luli and the Language of Tea by Andrea Wang 082344614X 9780823446148
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Though they may speak different languages, kids from all over the world come together to enjoy the shared pastime of tea in this delicious book for young readers.

When five-year-old Luli joins her new English as a Second Language class, the playroom is quiet. Luli cant speak English, neither can anyone else. Thats when she has a brilliant idea to host a tea party and bring them all together.

Luli removes her teapot, thermos, and teacups from her bag and calls out "Ch!" in her native Chinese. One by one, her classmates pipe up in recognition: in Russian, Hindi, Turkish, Persian, Arabic, and Spanish, Portuguese, and Swahili. Tea is a tasty language they all know well, and it gives them a chance to share and enjoy each others company. When all the tea is gone and its time for dessert, Luli gets to use her favorite English word, cookie! After that, the playroom isnt so quiet.

Informed by her own experience as the child of Chinese immigrant parents, Andrea Wang makes the point that when youre looking to communicate with people, you look for a common bond. The word for "tea" is similar in many languages, and tea becomes the unifying metaphor that brings a diverse group of children together. Additional material at the back of the book explores the rich and ancient history of tea drinking across cultures all around the world and contains maps, statistics, and fascinating details that will delight young readers.

Author: Andrea Wang

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 40

Publisher: Neal Porter Books

Publication Date: 2022-05-24

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