Well, today is the day that the Royal Canadian Mint begins to phase out the penny. I honour the “lucky penny” by reviewing a book that reflects on the importance of pennies for a child.
This story is about a boys determination to save for a bicycle. While working with his mother ( Yeyo) at the local market he saves a large number of ten-cent coins, which seems like a lot of money.
Saruni, the boy, discovers the value of the coin when he is laughed at by the bicycle sales man after pouring out his pockets of coins.
“How many coins have you got there? Proudly, I told him, “Three hundred and five.” “Three hundred and …five” he muttered. “Mmh, that’s thirty shillings and fifty cents.” He exploded with laughter.
Eight shillings is equivalent to one dollar. Fortunately, each watercolour illustration is worth a thousand words (or more). E.B. Lewis has a beautiful way of interpreting the colourful market place and the expressions of the characters in the story. Please click onto his link and watch the video of E.B. reading to children, you’ll see how he is an artist for children at heart. Below are images from the book.Tololwa M. Mollel is originally from Tanzania but works and lives in Edmonton, AB (how about that, a local). This story is a reflection of his own childhood, sharing childhood disappointments and rewards. He has been kind enough to share definitions and descriptions of his home land at the end of the story.
An encouraging book, on self discipline and determination, hard work and family.
So what are you going to do with all YOUR pennies?