Three Cups Of Tea (Young Readers Edition) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-23 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings

"ok, so, i can tell the story is wrapping up. Greg is moving on to Afghanistan and has finished making his school in Pakistan,the school, i think, turned out well, except, sadly, terrorists had taken over, in the event 9/11. This event interests me deeply, it was held in New York, by many different cultures together, one of the cultures was Pakistan's. So U.S armies where killing innocent children back in Pakistan with Landmines. It tears Greg apart, but its true, apparently the bombs look like plane food packets.... the book was good, i mean its not over, but the story was moving and the people inspiring and the title is so nice. Even though there was death, which was depressing, such as Haj Ali's death, and miracles, such as Greg getting his check for materials. so.... i would describe this book as.... moving. " said.

"I finally read this short book on my daughter's recommendation. It is the "Young Reader's Edition," so while not a gripping or challenging read, it was inspirational nonetheless. It is a biographical account of philanthropist Greg Mortenson's extraordinary life spent helping others, specifically children in Pakistan. He has done so much to better the lives of so many by raising money, literally building schools, promoting education for girls, and providing other services such as clean water and medical clinics to areas that sorely need it. Equally as important, he has spread awareness of the need that exists today in a part of the world that is most often feared and vilified by us here at home in America. I admire Greg Mortenson greatly and Madisen and I intend to check and see if his young daughter's foundation Pennies for Pencils is still up and running -- if so, we may try to organize a drive at one of our schools!" said.

"I have such conflicting feelings about this book! I was 1/4 of the way into it (and connecting) when my 6th grade daughter said, "Oh, my class talked about how sad it is that the book is not true." I was devastated. I felt emotionally gyped. I hopped online to fact check. I found the 60 Minutes story and attendent backlash. I was sad/mad at the author. However, I decided to continue reading it for the general principles, if not the actual details. I skimmed some, but read the majority. At the conclusion I decided that if even a few of the stories approach a version of truth, the book has merit. I applaud Greg for any goodness he delivered to our aching world. I believe in the cure and healing power of education. My recent election to School Board is a setting that this topic is meaningful. I never tire of success stories where education is the catalyst. I admire Greg for being man enough to even begin the journey from empathy to action- more than the majority ever do." said.

Age Level: 10-18

This is such a great story about Greg Mortenson and his interest in building schools in Afghanistan. I read this book with a student I was tutoring over the summer. There is an adult version, a young adult version and a children's version. All these books tell the story of how this man fought many hardships to get these schools built. I thought it was interesting that once he knew what he wanted to do and tried to start raising funds, no one would help him. He had become desperate until he finally almost lost all faith and suddenly someone believed in his work and pulled through. He even contacted some very well known people who, at first, were not interested, but as his work became more well know all of a sudden they threw their hats and money into the ring!

This book has a wonderful message for people of all ages and that is why there are so many version out there for people to read and share with their families!
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"I really enjoyed this. A while ago I tried to read the "adult" version, and just didn't make it through. This book would be great to read and discuss with a group of kids learning about the middle east, or even about current events. Mortenson's passion and his honest account (even about his own stupidity or poor planning) make for an earnest and informative book. It definitely makes the point that there is truly nothing like a good education, and that somewhere, priorities have gotten out of whack.
This might be a difficult read for elementary schoolers, but I could see reading sections aloud and there is a Q&A in the back of the book with Mortenson's daughter which would make for some great discussion. The topic and the reading level seem more appropriate for middle schoolers, and I would think that the content would be widely appealing - mountain climbing, helping others, kidnapping and danger, and kids in school.
Terrorism and 9/11 do come up. Some criticism of U.S. decisions.
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"This story is about a man named Greg Mortenson who wants to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain, in the Karakoram range of northern Pakistan, to lay his dead sister's necklace on the summit. However, when Greg got lost while trying to save another climber, he came across Korphe, a small village built on a shelf jutting out from a canyon. He was taken in by the chief elder of Korphe, Haji Ali. To repay the community for its hospitality, Mortenson promised to build a school for the village. Although there were difficulties in raising money, the school was eventually built. In addition, he founded the Central Asia Institute, endowing the CAI to build schools in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson faced many challenges in his quest to raise funds for the building of more than 55 schools in Taliban territory, including death threats from Islamic mullahs, long periods of separation from his family, and being kidnapped by Taliban sympathizers.

I feel that Mortenson is a really big hero because he single handedly built several schools in places that are too poor to afford them. By educating the new generation, there will be a greater chance for the community to rise up from poverty. He didn't let anything stand in his way, not even death threats or loniness.
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"I was always somewhat interested in reading this book because I've heard a lot about it and that is was an inspiring story. The writing, however, leaves something to be desired. I know there is some controversy about the facts of the story - but I didn't really care about that. It's meant to inspire us to make changes in the world I don’t need to know if every detail is in the right setting or correct order or whatnot. I thought what this guy did was really great. I enjoyed the struggle of the journey because that is real life. I lost interest, however, once his first school was finished and he started doing more work as head of a charity. The main part of the book is the story of that first school – but I think everything else after that could have been a “after the story” segment and not part of the book. One BIG disappointment, as I read the YA version, is that he tells about meeting with some village leaders, where he drank and smoked. He then says that “smoking” was the right thing to do as a guest. WHAT! As an adult I understand that part of other cultures and manners, but I think it was totally inappropriate for a YA read. It was two lines that should have been left out – they did nothing for the story. " said.

"So I have had this book in the back of my mind for a while now, but haven't really come across it when checking out books. I was looking through the YA/kid section of the e-library with my youngest son the other day and stumbled upon the young reader's edition and decided it would be good summer reading for all three of us (myself and my two boys).

Besides chronicling his work building bridges and schools and the CAI foundation, Three Cups of Tea seeks to bridge cultural gaps. Mortenson makes several comments about the importance of education and points out that "although there were many things the Balti did not have, they did have a none complicated happiness that was becoming very rare in the world." He also repeatedly observes that Haji Ali was teaching him more than Greg's school would teach the children of the village.

The book makes a good case for education as a tool for peace.

I was not crazy about Amira's interview at the end. I think it helps make the book a bit more approachable for kids, to hear from his daughter but I was rather bored reading through her often-repetitive responses.

Overall it is quick and interesting. Mortenson has done some remarkable work and this version of his story is accessible to kids. There is a bit of repetition and explanation of some obvious things, but this is an edition specifically marketed as educational and for children.
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