Teacup by Rebecca YoungTeacup by Rebecca Young

Teacup

byRebecca YoungIllustratorMatt Ottley

Hardcover | October 4, 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”
 
Kirkus Reviews [STARRED REVIEW!] 
“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.
Rebecca Young grew up in suburban Sydney with two brothers, a swing set, and the scent of gardenias. Her days were filled with chalk drawings on driveways, backyard battles, journal ramblings, and a whole lot of picture books. These days Rebecca enjoys working with words and pictures as both a children’s book author and publisher.   M...
Title:TeacupFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 11.38 × 10.19 × 0.4 inPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0735227772

ISBN - 13:9780735227774

Customer Reviews of Teacup

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Teacup This is a beautifully illustrated and written book. A big message in a little book!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful A true work of art. The illustrations are breath-taking and the story subtle.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gentle story with sweeping illustrations A gorgeous story bringing the hardship of change and how we can endure and learn and grow and survive. A touching tale of weathering the journey of leaving home and starting new. Such a gentle touch to a massive challenge. Truly a beautiful book.
Date published: 2016-11-23

Editorial Reviews

* "Enchanting, beautiful, and full of hope."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "While the journey and its inherent uncertainty is naturally a fitting metaphor for growing up, connections to actual sea travel and subtle hints about turmoil in the boy’s homeland suggest connections to immigration stories as well...This pleasantly minimalist and contemplative story is quietly thought-provoking and arrestingly beautiful."—Booklist, starred review* "A beautifully crafted story that’s perfect for sharing aloud and discussing with a small group."—School Library Journal, starred review"Ottley’s ravishing paintings of ocean and sky distinguish this story."—Publishers Weekly