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How The Queen Found The Perfect Cup Of Tea

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By Kate Hosford
Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

ISBN: 9781467739047
Imprint: Lerner PG – Carolrhoda Books
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS

April 1, 2017
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99

Life as the Queen is pretty luxurious. There are maids to help one get dressed each day and footmen to serve delicious beverages and food. Still, this particular Queen grows very dissatisfied especially with her daily cup of tea. To find out what is wrong with her brew she commands her butler to accompany her to find the perfect cup of tea. A whirlwind journey to Japan, India and back to England by hot air balloon leads the Queen to children of various cultures who invite her to make and share tea with them. The text includes step-by-step recipes for each brew which is quite lovely.

When the Queen returns to her palace she realises what is missing from her own cup of tea – friendship. The book finishes with a Queen who is not so dependent on her flunkies and a wonderful tea party for all her new friends. Ahhhhh, the perfect cup of tea at last!

A very different way to examine some self growth, this is beautifully illustrated and a delight to read.

Recommended for children from about 7 years upwards.

Coming of Age: growing up Muslim in Australia – Amra Pajalic & Demet Divaroren [Edit.]

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ISBN: 9781743312926
Australian Pub.: January 2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: A & U Children
Subject: Young adult non fiction

RRP $18.99

As many in our nation continue to fear and abuse any of the Muslim faith and while even the global media whips this anti-Islam feeling into frenzy, this is an important book for young Australian adults.

This is a collection of memoirs of growing up in Australia in the Muslim faith contributed by both well-known and unknown young Australian Muslims. From funny to touching to sombre, these experiences recount the challenges encountered growing up in our multicultural society provide a real insight to the diversity of the Muslim experience and the influence of culture, family and gender in shaping identity.

With Harmony Day just a matter of weeks away, this book is prominent in our library’s display to celebrate this event and would be a valuable resource for any secondary library or curriculum study.

Pajalic and Divaroren, both experienced and successful writers, are also the co-authors of another volume What a Muslim Woman Looks Like.

While even young adult readers will be aware of the beard, the hijab, the front page news; through this collection, they will be able to dig deeper to a greater understanding of Muslim life in Australia.

….dispelling myths and stereotypes, and above all celebrating diversity, achievement, courage and determination… [Publisher] this volume, IMO, should be on offer in every high school particularly with reference to the ACARA general capability of Intercultural Understanding.

Highly recommended for readers from around Year 7 and upwards. Find extensive teaching notes here at Allen & Unwin.