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Emma Lea’s Tea With Daddy is one in a series by Babette Donaldson about the same little girl, all of which involve tea. Although I’m not into it myself, I understand there’s now an entire tea culture in America and this series helps to introduce it to children.
Even though tea isn’t my thing, I found this book about a child managing to prepare a fancy meal for her father to be delightful. In the long run, the book is more about family relationships than the beverage they share, and I’m beginning to get the impression that’s true of the tea culture as a whole. It encourages good manners, too.
The illustrations by Jerianne Van Dijk do an excellent job of expressing the warm feeling of the story and the simple recipe at the end adds to the appeal.
Some other books in the series are Emma Lea’s First Tea Party, Emma Lea’s Magic Teapot, and Emma Lea’s First Tea Ceremony.
For people who love tea and want children to learn about the tea culture the best place to buy them is in a local tea shop. The books are also available online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, but not in bookstores.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Cheryl Malandrinos tagged me! That means that I have to play tag by answering a few little interview questions! Then I have to blog tag someone else! So, here are my answers and here are the bloggers I am tagging! I guess I’m it!
1. Which words do you use too much in your writing?
Suddenly, just and the verb to be. I was just amazed when my editor suddenly asked me to remove most of them from my manuscript.
2. Which words do you consider overused in stuff you read?
To tell the truth, I seldom notice the words when I’m reading. They’re like a transparent window that lets me view the fictional universe of the story.
3. What are your other favorite blogs?
to name just a few.
4. Name a favorite word:
Acceptance. I love getting those from publishers.
5. And a word you’re not so keen on:
Rejection. Getting those proves I’m a writer, but it doesn’t make me like them.
6. What would you like to improve about your writing and/or blog?
I’d like my words to be so fascinating people would be flocking to read them.
7. What’s your writing ambition?
Seriously, I would like at least a few people to have their lives changed for the better because of reading things I write.
I now blog tag the following blogs / bloggers: