How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea

Tea, anyone? Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday book features a persnickety queen, a tour through several cultures with a tea tradition, and some great themes for kids.

Title: How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea PerfectCup_Cover
Written by: Kate Hosford
Illustrated by: Gabi Swiatkowska
Carolrhoda Books, 2017
Suitable for ages: 4-8 years
Lexile: AD580L
Themes/topics: service, tea, attitude

Every morning when the Queen woke up, two maids dressed her, two more styled her hair, and the butler made her tea. Each day, she sipped her tea alone. And each day, her tea started to taste a bit worse. Finally, she could stand it no longer.

Brief synopsis (from
Each day when the Queen wakes up, three maids dress her, two more style her hair, and her butler James makes her tea. But when she grows dissatisfied with her brew, the Queen and James set out in search of the perfect cup. With each stop on their hot-air balloon journey, the Queen encounters new friends who expand her horizons—in the kitchen and beyond.

Activities and Resources:
-Have tea, of course! Try the methods detailed in the book.
-Have a tea party. Create a menu and invitations.
-Kids Gardening: Grow Your Own Herbal Tea lesson plan 
-Read Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine by Gloria Whelan. Compare and contrast the two queen characters.

Why I like this book:
This is a wonderful story about attitude – the queen gradually discovers that helping, service to others, and the company you keep brings happiness and makes everything “taste” better. It’s also about the joy in being capable and self-sufficient. What great themes for kids! The book also introduces several different cultural traditions and their methods of brewing tea. With such a universal as tea, it’s a great opportunity to explore teas from around the world.

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5 thoughts on “How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea

  1. It’s no fun being queen if you have no friends. And when you’re queen, it feels so good to share the benefits with others. Effective way to get this message across without being didactic. Thanks for highlighting!

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  2. I was drawn to this book when I heard about it and snapped it up when I saw it at our local bookshop in Australia. Our local bookshop has very good taste. It’s a book that totally stands up to re-reading. And when the queen’s crown wobbles, these are lovely touches that kids would love.

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