LISTEN TO THE WIND: THE STORY OF DR. GREG AND THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth. Illustrated by Susan L. Roth. (Dial, $16.99.) A school grows in Pakistan. (Ages 4 to 8)
This book is #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for children's books and it's co-written and illustrated by my talented friend Susan L. Roth. Susan has been doing absolutely great work for some years now, as I've been telling librarians, and now she deservedly has her "breakout book."
Based on the experience of American nurse Greg Mortenson, whose life was saved by the Himalayan villagers of Korphe, Pakistan, after his failed attempt to climb the mountain K2. He vowed to return and build a decent school for the impoverished villagers who sheltered him for 7 weeks and nursed him back to health. Not only did Mortenson return and build that school, but he has helped create an agency that has constructed some 50 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson has written this story along with Susan L. Roth.
But the best part for me is the exquisite artwork of Susan. The collages, almost assemblages really, exude charm and authenticity with a variety of cloth, yarn, metal, and imagination that weave the tale in vivid detail, texture, and color. She brought the story to life. Susan explained that the art was inspired by actual clothing and objects from the village, where no scrap of fabric goes to waste. The back of the book contains photographs of Korphe village and its people.
You're sure to enjoy Susan L. Roth's other splendid books including Hecho En Mexico, My Love for You All Year Round, and The Biggest Frog in Austrailia.