Teatime Around the World

Greystone. Oct. 2020. 48p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781771646017.
Gr 3-5–This nonfiction title provides insight into teas enjoyed around the world. A fun poem accompanies the refreshing, informational bits. Filled with rich artwork to complement each new scene, readers will not only engage with the fascinating information but will also enjoy the singsong poem that is unveiled one or two words at a time. As the narrative moves from scenes set in Chile to Hong Kong, many different people are depicted. The artwork is clearly presented and touches on nuances in various cultures without using stereotypes. An author’s note reveals the inspiration for writing the book. While this text is not meant to cover the entire history of tea, it is a tribute to the drink.
VERDICT This colorful book is filled with refreshingly diverse scenes depicting how tea is enjoyed around the world. A great purchase for elementary nonfiction picture book collections, especially where more cultural appreciation texts are needed.

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