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Children's Nonfiction Diversity & Multicultural

Teatime Around the World

by (author) Denyse Waissbluth

illustrated by Chelsea O'Byrne

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Diversity & Multicultural, General, Cooking & Food
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 4


A celebration of diversity and deliciousness, Teatime Around the World reveals all the wonderful ways we can enjoy a cup of tea––or two!

Let’s go on an adventure to discover new cultures and friends through tea! In this fun and lyrical picture book for ages 4-8, kids will learn how tea is enjoyed in Thailand, Japan, Russia, Egypt, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Uruguay, South Sudan, India, and more countries!

Did you know that po cha, the traditional tea in Tibet, is thick and salty like soup? Or that in Iran, tea is served with a rock? (A rock candy, that is!) Or that afternoon tea was dreamed up in England by a duchess who complained of being hungry between lunch and dinner?

With vivid poetry, vibrant illustrations, and unique facts about different tea cultures, Teatime Around the World tells the delightful story of a beloved beverage.

About the authors

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CHELSEA O’BYRNE is a freelance illustrator and art instructor based in Vancouver, BC. She graduated from Emily Carr University with a BFA in illustration. She has also illustrated Hello, Crow! written by Candace Savage, and Marisa and the Mountains, written by George M. Johnson.


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Editorial Reviews

“The message is one of global unity in which tea becomes a metaphor for how people are different and alike. A charming book to be read aloud with friends, perhaps at teatime.”

“Fun... refreshing.... 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.”
School Library Journal

“Readers whose definition of ‘tea’ begins and ends with a bag and boiling water are in for a horizon-broadening read...A refreshing cuppa conviviality, brewed and served many ways.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Sip and read through this quiet book of all things tea.”
Imagination Soup

“Waissbluth’s conversational style will appeal to kids looking to learn how global cultures are similar to and different from their own. Chelsea O’Byrne’s lovely matte illustrations take children to cities, the countryside, and the seaside around the globe….Sure to spur readers to learn more about the countries featured and entice them to try their signature teas, Teatime Around the World would enhance geography, history, and multicultural lessons for school and homeschooling and is highly recommended for school and public library collections.”
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