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"A boy travels across the sea in a rowboat in search of a new home, making a journey that is long and difficult--but also filled with beauty and hope"--
Published: New York, NY :, Dial Books for Young Readers,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780735227774
Branch Call Number: E YOU
Characteristics: 34 unnumbered pages :,color illustrations ;,30 cm
Additional Contributors: Ottley, Matt - Illustrator


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Illustrations cannot get much more beautiful than the exquisite oil paintings in this book.
"Teacup" tells the story of a boy who had to leave home and sail across the ocean to find another. This surreal journey is full of wonders and uncertainty, and I never knew what was going to hap... Read More »

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LiztheLibrarian Feb 09, 2018

This book is both beautiful and timely. Simply it is a book about a boy leaving home and making a journey across the sea to find a new one. However, it can easily be paired with more detailed books on immigration, refugees, etc. for little ones.

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.

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.

VaughanPLAlexK Feb 01, 2017

A beautiful story with unbelievable pictures!

hypatia Jan 27, 2017



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