Monday, July 12, 2010
Three Cups of Tea- Young Reader's Edition by Greg Mortenson
I have not read the adult version, so I don't have much to compare. However, the map, photos, and interview with Greg's daughter are great additions to the book. These will make the story easier to read for younger readers. I chose the young reader's edition because my friend, Heather, told me a couple years ago that the adult version told a good story but was very political with a lot of Bush-hating. Like I said, I haven't read it, so I can't vouch for that review, but I can say that the young reader's edition did not fit that bill.
This book kept the focus on what Greg Mortenson is doing in Pakistan and Afghanistan. That being building schools in poor villages to promote learning for the impoverished children, specifically the girls. It is an inspiring story about how much difference one man can make. It is also a great story of adventure because it chronicles Greg's real experiences such as getting lost on a mountain and escaping fighting drug lords.
It's a great story for American middle schoolers. I hope after reading it they gain an appreciation for their American school buildings, education, and opportunities for college. I did!