The Hundred Penny Box

The Hundred Penny Box

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by Sharon Bell Mathis, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
     
 

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Michael loves his great-great-aunt Dew, even if she can't always remember his name. He especially loves to spend time with her and her beloved hundred penny box, listening to stories about each of the hundred years of her life. Michael's mother wants to throw out the battered old box that holds the pennies, but Michael understands that the box itself is as

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Michael loves his great-great-aunt Dew, even if she can't always remember his name. He especially loves to spend time with her and her beloved hundred penny box, listening to stories about each of the hundred years of her life. Michael's mother wants to throw out the battered old box that holds the pennies, but Michael understands that the box itself is as important to Aunt Dew as the memories it contains. Winner of a Newbery Honor, this beautiful story will be available in a collector's edition featuring heavy interior stock embossing and silver ink on the cover, and a thread-sewn binding for added durability. A timeless story of the relationship between a boy and his elderly relative, this new edition is one that families young and old will treasure for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142407028
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/05/2006
Series:
Picture Puffin Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
147,911
Product dimensions:
7.85(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Hundred Penny Box 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Michael¿s great-great-Aunt Dew, who raised his father Big John when his parents died has a hundred penny box. It has a penny in it to represent each year that she lived. Aunt Dew said, ¿when I lose my hundred penny box, I lose me.¿ Michael is worried because his mother wants to get rid of Aunt Dew¿s old hundred penny box. Aunt Dew doesn¿t seem worried but Michael wants to hide it, but Aunt Dew says ¿leave my hundred penny box right alone.¿ Aunt Dew is making it hard on Michael to save her hundred penny box and all of the memories in the pennies. Sharon Bell Mathis grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Morgan State College in Baltimore. She was a special education teacher, writes a monthly column for Ebony, Jr. She writes books for young children and received awards from the Council on Interracial Books and ALA Notable Book. She has written Sidewalk Story, Teacup Full of Roses, Listen for the Fig Tree. Leo & Diane Dillon illustrated this book. They met at Parsons School of Design and married shortly after. They quit their jobs to do free-lance illustrating. Then years later they began to illustrate children¿s books together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A hundred pennies for a hundred years of life, with a beautiful memory for each and every year. In this beautiful story, the young boy, Michael¿s, Great-Aunt Dew has came to live with them. His favorite thing to do with his Great-Aunt Dew is to sit with her and count the hundred pennies in her hundred penny box. As the young boy counts each penny Great-Aunt Dew tells him another memory about that year in her life, for she has a penny in that box for every year that she has been alive. Michael loves hearing all the old stories, however, his mother hates that old box. She believes that the old box is rotten and ugly and should just be thrown away. Michael, however, knowing the importance of that old box to his great-aunt decides to go head-to-head with his mother to keep her from taking it while his aunt is asleep and throwing it in the furnace. Read this wonderful story to see if Michael or his mother wins out, and find out what ends up happening to the old, but important, hundred penny box. The author of this book Sharon Bell Mathis was born in New Jersey. She has a degree in library science and as well has spent several years as a special education teacher. Mrs. Mathis won the Newberry Medal for her work on this book along with this she has written several other books. For these other books she has won awards from the Council for Interracial Books for children, as well as, two books that are ALA Notable books. Mrs. Mathis is a very talented author, and is very deserving of the awards she has been presented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel this book should be rated one star for the following reasons. The book was hard to understand because the way the sentences were writen in a diferent slang. The characters were very boring there was no action in the book.the setting of the book was in a house. the hundred penny box had one hundred pennies in it and they counted the pennies for fun.the great aunt told stories throught the book.this is why i rated it one stare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A boy's 100 year old aunt keeps a penny for every year she's been alive.The boy's mom wants to throw out the old torn up box that she keeps the pennys in.The boy helps defend to keep the box with his aunt and they win.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As my own mother grows older, I realize the importance of memories. The stories she tells my children express the values of our family as well as our family history. Aunt Dew and John Michael do a great job introducing (or reinforcing) this. The book made me stop and think whether 'things' or memories are important.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm in first grade and I read The Hundred Penny Box. I liked this book because at every birthday, the great-great aunt adds another penny to her box but the little boy, Michael wants to hide the box because his mom is going to burn it up. What will happen to the box? Read the book to find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a little boy named Micheal who has to help protect his grandma's precious penny box. But will he succeed? Find out by reading The Hundred Penny Box.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, I read it in grade five. It was very touching and heart-warming. It also made you think of what you are gonna' do when you're old and the stories you'll tell you're grand-children