Emma Lea's First Tea Ceremony (Emma Lea Books) (Emma Lea Books)

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Emma Lea attends a traditional English tea party at her friend Janelle's home. Janelle's family has just returned from their vacation in London where they learned the history and etiquette of afternoon tea.

On the walk home from the party, Emma Lea tries to tell her friend Sam about manners and the proper way to drink tea. Sam isn't as interested as she thought he might be.

She begins to understand when Sam invites her to his house for a Japanese tea, Chanoyu. This way of tea is like nothing Emma Lea has experienced before. Sam and his mother demonstrate the way of tea that has been an important part of Japanese culture for hundreds of years.

Emma Lea's First Tea Ceremony is the third storybook in the Emma Lea Series which includes Emma Lea's First Tea Party Emma Lea's Magic Teapot As Emma Lea compares the two experiences, she comes to the conclusion that their is no proper way of tea. She can learn about exciting places around the world and find her own way to share a cup of tea with family and friends.

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What Is Family Tea Time?

Tea is a plant. Tea is a beverage. Tea is the time of day you decide to take a break with a 'cuppa'. In many countries around the world, taking tea is an important part of family life. Ancient customs are kept as they have been for generations. As different as tea traditions may be around the world, there are common elements.

We create a setting for conversation and relaxation. We behave with respect and courtesy. We listen. We pay attention to the small details. In so doing, everyone who joins us at the table feels important. We can make it easy. We make it fun. In doing so, we make it memorable.

We turn of the TV, abandon the electronics, don't answer phones and shift our focus to the people in our lives. Small talk is critical. Laughter sweets in the cup. For a few minutes we put aside our worries and share a bit of joy.

As I write this, I imagine being able to share tea with each of you. Not in the same physical room, perhaps, but by offering this little booklet as the beginning of a conversation. Take time to brew a favorite and let these offerings inspire a special time with your family.

Your friend in tea,
Babette Donaldson
Author, The Emma Lea Books

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