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Tea Party in a Book Teaches Inclusion

Alice in Wonderland as Anti-Bullying Tea Party Kit

My girls have always loved going to High Tea at a fancy hotel or restaurant. When we lived in California, we made a point to go with their grandmother. They never drank tea but usually lemonade was an option. Sometimes the finger sandwiches were too exotic for their taste, but they always loved the sweets:  scones slathered with clotted Devonshire cream and preserves, petit fours, and chocolate dipped strawberries. Afternoon tea is a charming outing that I wish was an American habit like the English.

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When my girls received the Alice’s Pawfect Tea-Party Kit, they were delirious with excitement. I wouldn’t let them tear it open until they photographed it for my post, and it took a lot longer than they anticipated since they were not paying attention to the background of the photo at first. There is so much to love about this kit:

  • It’s based on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • It has charming and delicious chocolate treats!
  • It has a cookie!
  • There is a tiny bottle that you can fill up (just like in the story). There is also a tea bag so you can use cooled tea.
  • It’s refillable.
  • The tea party comes with a CD and Alice herself leads the tea party.

But there is another clever twist. Alice, as you know, encounters bullies in Wonderland, most notably the psycho Queen of Hearts. This kit is also a lesson in manners and not just the “curl-your-pinky-up-holding-the-tea-cup” variety. No, the lesson here is inclusion:

The Storybook Tea Kit Company is aware of the epidemic of children being bullied by their peers. Just as manners were taught to Alice, so too, our children must be taught how to be inclusive with their classmates. Exclusion is a behavior which should have zero tolerance in our schools — Bee a buddy, not a bully! When reading Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, there are numerous bullies throughout the story. Alice comes in contact with several of them at the Mad tea-party. When Alice approached the table the guests all cried out, “No Room, No Room!” This is the very essence of a bully — to exclude, and Alice’s Pawfect Tea-Party, shuns this behavior.

 Alice, in this story of Alice’s Pawfect Tea-Party lovingly explains to all tea guests, that there is plenty of room for everyone. She teaches this lesson very cleverly. She states the word mad is exactly the same word as paw. All you do is turn mad upside down, reverse the letter a, and it becomes paw. Alice goes on to explain that the letter P stands for peers or friends; A is for always; W is for welcome. Your peers, friends, classmates are always welcome; which to Alice is truly a “pawfect” tea-party. This is the moral that children learn in Alice’s Pawfect Tea-Party; a moral that Storybook Tea Kit Company embraces for each and every child.

“It saddens me when I see a child marginalized and excluded. It is so unfortunate that technology is the new tool in bullying. Blogging, Facebook and Twitter only add to the one-on-one physical bullying that is inflicted in school. Due to the inexperience of adolescence, the often bullied child, preteen and even college student believe their only escape is violence upon themselves. My hope is that we are able to teach and touch the hearts of kids around the world with Alice’s Pawfect Tea-Party, turning them into Buddies instead of Bullies,” said Joann Siegel, founder of the Storybook Tea Kit Company.

At $40, this makes for a lovely but indulgent present from a peer, grandmother, or auntie. But it’s something that not only is lovely, but a gift that keeps giving! To examine more closely, please go to the Storybook Tea Kit Company.

For the month of September, the Tea Party Kit is ON SALE for $24.99 (regular price $40).

To examine the books more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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