How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

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.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2017-03-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.3
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV068000, JUV034000, JUV050000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 580
ATOS Reading Level 3.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 187939
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Kate Hosford

Kate Hosford is the author of several picture books, including Infinity and Me which won the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award and was named an ALA Notable Children's Book. She lives in Brooklyn.

Illustrator: Gabi Swiatkowska

Gabi Swiatkowska likes looking at the moon surrounded by seemingly infinite stars from her home in France. Find more of her books and illustrations at


School Library Journal

“[A] delightful multicultural experience. . . . Beautiful and charming, this addition will entice a variety of readers and could be useful during lesson planning.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Swiatkowska’s delicious . . . details give Hosford’s round-the-world tale offbeat charm, and readers will smile as they watch the Queen shed her haughtiness and embrace her own capabilities.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Droll entertainment that calls out for an international tea party.”—Kirkus Reviews