Teacup

Teacup

Book - 2016
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A stunning picture book that addresses life's big journeys with hope, beauty, and reassurance

School Library Journal [STARRED REVIEW!]  
"[A] moving, allegorical tale... inspiring reflection and empathy"
 
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"A potent discussion starter... Enchanting, beautiful, and full of hope. "
 
Booklist [STARRED REVIEW!]  
"A lyrical tale of leaving home and finding a new one...Thought-provoking and arrestingly beautiful."

A boy must leave his home and find another. He brings with him a teacup full of earth from the place where he grew up, and sets off to sea. Some days, the journey is peaceful, and the skies are cloudless and bright. Some days, storms threaten to overturn his boat. And some days, the smallest amount of hope grows into something glorious. At last, the boy finds land, but it doesn't feel complete . . . until another traveler joins him, bearing the seed to build a new home.
 
With lyrical text and gorgeous artwork, this poignant picture book is perfect for discussing all of life's toughest challenges--a big move, a divorce, long-distance separation, or even the current refugee crisis--in a way that's reassuring and inspiring for children and adults alike.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780735227774
Branch Call Number: JP Young
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Ottley, Matt - Illustrator

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VaughanPLAlex Feb 01, 2017

A beautiful story with unbelievable pictures!


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forbesrachel Mar 10, 2017

Exquisite and timely! Taken at face value, Teacup is simply the story of a young boy crossing the ocean in search of a new home. However, underlying it are empathetic and compassionate statements in regards to immigration, diversity, and cultural identity. These aspects are made apparent through the symbolic acts and items, such as the earth-holding teacup, found throughout. When read in such a way, one can see the parallels between the fictional journey, and that of real world immigrants; the boy sets out with something from home, makes a lonely journey, faces some trials, sees wondrous new sights, and finely settles down, planting the seeds of his culture. Undoubtedly it isn't this simple, but that is beside the point in the case of this idealistic narrative. For immigrant children, it gives hope, and for native children, it advocates empathy and acceptance. As for the quality of the book, Young's writing has a soothing lilt and conciseness to it, and the art is wonderful to behold. Ottley's oil-painted illustrations, with their breathtaking vistas and emotive palette, enhances Young's story with an element of the surreal and spiritual. In word, art, and message, Teacup is one of the most beautiful picture books available today.

JCLBeckyC Feb 17, 2017

A beautiful story of a lonely boy who is forced to leave on a boat with nothing but a teacup filled with earth from his home. You might need a kleenex for the sweet happy ending.

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skyekilaen
Feb 11, 2017

Welp, I'll be checking out every other book Matt Ottley has illustrated now. This is flippin' gorgeous, and Rebecca Young's sweet, spare story was a perfect bedtime read. When we were done, my 9 year old son sighed and said dreamily "Such a happy ending." Loved it.

VaughanPLAlex Feb 01, 2017

A beautiful story with unbelievable pictures!

hypatia Jan 27, 2017

Beautiful!

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