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Lots and Lots of Coins

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A coin is a piece of history you can hold in your hand!

Coins are mostly round, made of metal, and have different values. They come in many different sizes, and some have historical faces on them, or animals, or even buildings.

Lots and Lots of Coins is full of fun facts and insights about the history of coins and the money we use today. You?ll never look at your piggy bank the same way again!

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Overview

A coin is a piece of history you can hold in your hand!

Coins are mostly round, made of metal, and have different values. They come in many different sizes, and some have historical faces on them, or animals, or even buildings.

Lots and Lots of Coins is full of fun facts and insights about the history of coins and the money we use today. You’ll never look at your piggy bank the same way again!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Local author Margarette Reid has been collecting coins since she was eight years old and shares intriguing facts about pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters in this colorful compendium. Coins can provide "treats" in addition to their monetary value for they "are like a piece of history you can hold in your hand." Many commemorate important American animals such as the buffalo and historical figures such as Native American guide Sacagawea, suffragette Susan B. Anthony and various United States presidents. A charming subtext, carried in True Kelley's engaging illustrations, is a boy's plans to buy a hamster. The cheery rodent pops up on various pages, including one on which it is labeled "a deal" at Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—In this superb introduction to the hobby, a boy explains that he and his dad have a coin collection and describes all the ways he likes to sort and arrange it. One page depicts interesting currency that has been used in the past, such as tobacco leaves, fishhooks, and dried fish, and another shows odd-shaped coins from around the world. Readers learn interesting tidbits about the value of coins, such as those that were double-stamped or the three-legged buffalo nickel, and they learn about coin equivalencies. In little asides, the boy and father share their enthusiasm while the youngster continues to relate interesting facts about the history of coins and their usage. The illustrations are clear, richly detailed, and brightly colored. This book would serve as a fine introduction for budding numismatists.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID
Kirkus Reviews

Reid's introduction to U.S. coins and coin collecting is comfy and encouraging though somewhat short on the history of our national coins, despite its talk of "a coin is a piece of history you can hold in your hand." The book's strongest suit is introducing coin collecting as a family activity. Through a narrative in which a boy and his father enjoy coins together, each of our everyday nickels and cents are introduced, and the personages, design motifs and symbolism explained. Kelly's light-handed yet vibrant and busy artwork keeps readers' attention on the page, even when the author veers into coin mathematics (which this story may well have skirted altogether or taken care of in one page rather than the half dozen it gets). Since this is a book primarily concerned with U.S. coinage, those pages could have been given over to their fascinating past, including state coins, gold coins, Indian Head pennies and the like. Fortunately, Reid devotes a whole page to the Fugio cent—Ben Franklin's penny—which is such a piece of whimsical delight, it might have kept the whole notion of money in some sensible perspective, if it had been left in circulation.(Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525478799
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/31/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,424,507
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Margarette S. Reid lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

True Kelley lives in Warner, New Hampshire.

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