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.
Now that was a fun surprise! At each stop along the way (Japan, India and Turkey according to the author's note) the queen encounters a different child, who gently challenges her to try something new. "Her Majesty does not dribble," said James. "Well then, it's time she tried," said Sunil. Each child then makes tea a different way, with the queen learning to be a bit less passive each time. The story ends with a newly independent queen hosting a tea party, where she declares that the secret to a perfect cup of tea is to make it yourself and then share it with others.
The illustrations are fun and whimsical, and worth a second look through the book all by themselves (would those be corgis accompanying the nameless queen, perhaps?)
You can NOT read this book without following up with your own tea party. Read through the author's note and do a little internet searching for different ways to make tea. Milk? Honey? Tea bag or loose? Try them all and decide which you like best!