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.
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.
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.
A beautiful story with unbelievable pictures!
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