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Friday, December 10, 2010

Listen to the Wind

Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg &Three Cups of Tea
     written by Greg Mortenson and Susan L Roth

This is the picture book version of the story "Three Cups of Tea", also written by Greg Mortenson. It's the true story of the author's life altering experience after getting lost climbing the second tallest mountain in the world located in the Baltistan region of Pakistan, the people who rescued him and nursed him back to health, and the children who need his help.

He learned of the desperate situation the community was in.  He vowed to help build a school for the students who used sticks to write their lessons with in the sand. He was advised by a village elder that he should "Listen to the Wind." He even helped the village build a bridge so that the equipment and building material for the new school could actually be moved into the area.

This story is the picture book re-telling of Greg Mortensen's "Three Cups of Tea."  Included at the end of the "Listen to the Wind" is a "scrapbook" of real photos and details from the original experience to help the reader better understand the experience.

The artwork in this book are colorful collages artfully created from torn paper, fabric, even computer chip pieces formed into collages and photographed by the illustrator Susan L Roth. She was inspired after viewing village artifacts.

Teens and parents will want to read the original story we also have in the library, a world-wide best seller "Three Cups of Tea" and the new addition "Stones into Schools." Since the first school, Greg has overseen the construction of fifty-seven additional schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with more than 24,000 students now attending those schools at the time of the printing of this book. I was fortunate to attend one of his book signings recently and heard from families whose relatives are there how much of an impact one person can make. The profits of his books and appearances go directly into building additional schools. One person can make a difference!

ISBN 978-0-545-28940-5

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