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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (178 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mal Peet Narrator: Tania Rodrigues Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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Monkeys come to the rescue of a struggling family in this traditional tale from a Carnegie Medal winner. Tashi lives in a village below the tea plantations where her mother earns a living. One day her mother falls ill, and Tashi must pick tea to earn the money for a doctor. But she is too small to reach the tender shoots and the cruel Overseer sends her away empty-handed. Then, on the mountains high above the plantation where only monkeys live, something extraordinary happens that will change her life forever...

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathee | 2/19/2014

    " I am reading this book to my 4th and 5th grade classes and I find it to be beautiful in both words and illustrations. For the kids, it starts slow as the story and characters are set up, but I find it riveting. I have only read half and will finish it next week and I can't wait for the fable to unfold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/15/2014

    " This wonderful folk tale is about a young girl named Tashi who lives at the foot of the mountains. Her mother works on the plantations nearby picking tea leaves. One day her mother falls ill so Tashi decides to take her place and drags the basket to the plantations. The Overseer belittles Tashi and discourages her as she is too young so Tashi goes to rest amoung the shadows of the Cloud Mountains. Then a miracle takes place. Monkeys come to her aid, climb up in to the clouds and fill Tashi's basket with the rarest most precious tea in the world- cloud tea. This tea earns her lots of money as it impresses the royal tea taster. Tashi is now able to pay for a doctor to heal her mother. Tashi and her mother never have to work again as one day each year the monkeys pick a basket full of cloud tea which then earns money for Tashi and her mother to live on. This lovely story highlights the differences in people, culture, ideas and lifestyles. I absolutely loved this story and would recommend it to a ks2 class. The beautiful illustrations by Alan Marks really stood out for me and made the story come to life. There are also many cross curricular links that can be explored from reading this beautiful picture book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/28/2014

    " Great story, now I want to buy, "Monkey -picked tea". I am pretty sure I can at this great shop on Manchester just up the street from me. I Love where I Live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 1/20/2014

    " Excellent story, with very good illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phoebe | 1/20/2014

    " Tashi and her mother are tea pickers in the Himalayas, but when her mother is too sick to work, Tashi can't afford a doctor and the overseer makes fun of her for thinking she can keep up with the women. Tashi's friends the monkeys come to the rescue. This is a lovely, timeless tale with an interesting historical note to share with children, about the fact that commonplace things like spices, chocolate, and tea were once precious and difficult to obtain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 12/28/2013

    " This was a short, easy read. I expected a little more conflict but it was a beautiful story--style based on a folktale. Main character is a girl whose mother gets sick and can't pick tea and earn $ for the 2 of them, so the little girl goes to the tea plantation to try to pick tea. She's too small to pick the best tea, so she stops for a little while and tells her story to the monkeys who she shares her lunch with each day. They take her mother's tea basket away, and she thinks they've stolen it, but they haven't--they've taken it into the mountains and picked the best tea in the world--cloud tea. That same day, the royal tea taster comes to taste the tea and discovers the tea in the little girl's basket. This leads to riches, and once a year he comes back to get more cloud tea from the girl. And she and her mother never work again. A nice morality tale about kindness leading to kindness but not much more than that. And beautiful illustrations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianna | 12/14/2013

    " Beautifully illustrated story of Tashi and her special relationship with a band of monekys who help her help her sick mother. A new folk tale based on existing tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 11/27/2013

    " What a lovely book. Tashi tries to pick tea in her sick mother's stead but it too small but her previous kindness to the local monkeys who come down from the mountain has unexpected dividends. Shortlisted for the 2011 Kate Greenaway Medal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lea | 9/1/2013

    " My son found this story of a young girl who tries to fill in for her mother picking tea to be emotionally gripping. Good for older preschoolers and young grade school students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Osborn-bensaada | 8/10/2012

    " Part social commentary, part myth, Mal Peet's Cloud Tea Monkey is a version of a legend for high quality Himalayan tea. But before the the cloud monkey's enter one gets a sense of the difficult plight of agricultural workers in the tea industry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/23/2012

    " Once again the main character showed such determination and motivation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/28/2012

    " I really like the story, but I think the pictures are even more amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 4/19/2011

    " What a lovely book. Tashi tries to pick tea in her sick mother's stead but it too small but her previous kindness to the local monkeys who come down from the mountain has unexpected dividends. Shortlisted for the 2011 Kate Greenaway Medal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 2/15/2011

    " This inspiring stores correlates nicely to The Golden Rule. It sends a message children of ALL ages. The illustrations complement the narrative too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/16/2010

    " I really like the story, but I think the pictures are even more amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/1/2010

    " Quiet descriptive tale with illustrations that are finely detailed and completely absorbing. "

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About the Author
Author Mal Peet

Mal Peet (1947–2015) was the much-acclaimed author of the Carnegie Medal–winning novel Tamar, as well as three Paul Faustino novels: Keeper, The Penalty, and Exposure, winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

About the Narrator

Tania Rodrigues is a London-based actor and voice artist. She brings a unique cultural perspective to her work, coming from a family with roots in India, Portugal, and Britain. She grew up in Hong Kong and has since lived in both the UK and US. She trained at the Drama Studio in London and completed a BA degree with Honors in English and drama. She has always had a passion for reading and has narrated many award-winning audiobooks, including the Booker Prize winner The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai.