Saturday, April 24, 2010
Tea and Books Saturday #17 - "Time for Tea"
Time for Tea
By Mary Engelbreit
Andrews McMeel, 1997
I first read this book at the time it was originally published, but a recent reading of "Time for Tea" made it feel like a whole new book to me. Of course, those of us who love artist Mary Engelbreit's lovely tea-themed artwork can't help being drawn to a tea book that is all-Mary, all the time. Ever wondered why her work so often features teawares? "When I was little, my sisters and I were constantly holding tea parties," says Engelbreit. "There was always one going on somewhere around the house—in the yard, in our bedrooms. And even then we were into collecting, picking up tea sets at dime stores and garage sales. The magic of tea is still very much alive for me, and the subject certainly has a way of popping up again and again in my illustrations." And aren't we glad it does!
This small gift book is a fast read and would also make a great introductory tea book for a friend just learning the pleasures of teatime since it includes a handy primer on some of the most popular teas. There are lots of ideas for helping children enjoy teatime—such as a Nursery Tea for the dolls and teddy bears and a children's dress-up tea party—but there are also ideas for adults, such as a Wedding Tea and taking tea in the garden.
There are lots of Engelbreit illustrations featuring tea, which is reason enough to enjoy this book, but there are also some lovely photos of teawares and tea collectibles. I also learned a tip I don't remember ever reading before: knitters (and crocheters, I would add) can place a ball of yarn in a teapot and pull it out through the spout in order to keep the yarn tidy! Now that's a fun idea! So this book was like a brief teatime chat with a friend: It was short, sweet and utterly enjoyable!