22 July 2010

Thursday Tea: Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

I finished listening to Cynthia Kadohata's Weedflower (read by Kimberly Farr) sometime last week. This was my first exposure to Kadohata's work, and I am now a fan. I hope to have a full review of the book next week, but here's a quick synopsis.

The central character is twelve-year-old Sumiko, a California native whose parents were born in Japan. The family has a small, but successful flower farm, and Sumiko is the only Japanese student in her class at school. The bulk of the story takes place after Pearl Harbor and focuses on the dramatic changes in Sumiko's life, including the family's relocation to internment camps. The contrast of life before and during the war as told by a young girl makes for a powerful historical novel.

The Tea. As everywhere in North America, it's been a hot, hot summer in central Pennsylvania, so I've turned to iced tea. This week I've been drinking Adagio Tea's Decaf Strawberry tea. As with most of the fruit-flavored teas, I find that I like them better iced than hot. Strawberry has been a nice afternoon treat. Here's how the company describes the tea: "Black tea from Ceylon, decaffeinated [and] flavored with summer strawberries." As always, I drink it black and unsweetened.

The Assessment. Sumiko's family is Japanese and they are most definitely tea drinkers. Even though Sumiko is a California girl, I'm not quite sure what she'd think of adding strawberries to her brew. But then again, she's fairly modern, so she just might enjoy it. As for me, iced tea is always a good choice when reading about (and living in) summer heat.

What about you? Let me know what you're reading or listening to this week. And I'm always curious about what's in that your mug or glass.

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Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.

FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.


Julie P. 7/22/10, 8:24 AM  

Sounds terrific and I think you're right. Booking Daughter might really like this one! Hopefully, you can link to Kid Konnection this weekend!

Sandy Nawrot 7/22/10, 10:12 AM  

I'm almost salivating over the strawberry iced tea! It all sounds good.

bermudaonion 7/22/10, 11:31 AM  

This sounds like something I'd like, so I'll be watching for your review.

Eva 7/22/10, 12:30 PM  

I love Ceylon tea, so I might try to get my hands on that strawberry version! I prefer fruit teas iced too; my favourite is Apricot. :)

Anonymous,  7/22/10, 2:59 PM  

I had a mug of Carmelized Pear tea this morning (from Art of Tea), because it was a cold and dreary morning and I was out of my decaf Good Earth spicy goodness.

Shelley 7/22/10, 6:39 PM  

Sigh.It doesn't matter what tea I'm drinking, because I have to put some kind of fake sugar in it, so it tastes bad. Does nothing taste like sugar??

Carrie K. 7/22/10, 11:00 PM  

I listened to Kira-Kira by Kadohata based on my daughter's recommendation - I have Weedflower lined up to listen to soon. Oh, and I'm listening to Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman right now - read by Kimberly Farr! She's great.

Margot 7/23/10, 2:46 PM  

Strawberry tea is new to me but it sounds delicious.

Dorte H 7/24/10, 3:59 PM  

I like the sound of "Weedflower". A culture clash often makes for an excellent story.

I am not reading, but writing, this weekend, and what is in my mug? Mostly coffee, but I am sure my husband has a good beer of some kind for me tonight. No ordinary Carlsberg pilsner though, they are dreadfully boring :D

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