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The Tea Dragon Tapestry: 04/08/22
The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O'Neill is the third and final volume in the Tea Dragon series. Greta has been caring for Ginseng for just over a year. The poor tea dragon is still in deep mourning for her previous owner. Greta feels like she's running out of options.
Meanwhile, a master blacksmith has arrived and Greta has a chance to apprentice with him if she can pass his test. She has until winter to create one item that best represents her skills and passion for the art. She just needs to figure out what that one thing will be, and of course, craft it.
Finally Minette is still struggling to understand and remember her past. She's having dreams that might be a clue but she's worried they mean she's strayed from her life's destiny. Can she find a balance between her old and new life?
All of these books are very quiet and contemplative. They're about the ebb and flow of daily life, not the big moments. Sure, Greta's chance to apprentice with a master has the potential to be a big moment in her life, but how she gets there is still made of small steps.
Kay O'Neill's illustrations are gorgeous and a do much of the narrative's heavy lifting. As this one is set in fall, the color palette is rich in warm colors. This book just calls out for being read by a cozy fire with a mug of something hot.