Penny: The Forgotten Coin

Penny: The Forgotten Coin

by Denise Brennan-Nelson, Michael Glenn Monroe
     
 

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Found by a young boy and placed into his pocket for safekeeping, Penny feels useless compared to the exciting Superball, the shiny Marble, the adventuresome Rock and the colorful Bubblegum.

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Found by a young boy and placed into his pocket for safekeeping, Penny feels useless compared to the exciting Superball, the shiny Marble, the adventuresome Rock and the colorful Bubblegum.

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Children's Literature
This clever story traces the history and folklore of the common copper penny. It begins when two young boys on a bike ride spot a bright penny. One feels it is not worth stopping for but the other stops and picks it up when an old saying comes to mind, "find a penny, pick it up; all day long, have good luck." He drops it in his pocket where it comes to life along side the other unwelcoming junk the boy has collected. The bubblegum, ball, rock, Superball, string and feather all challenge penny's usefulness and tell her to get lost. Penny begins to dream of greater days when pennies were quite useful in daily life—they actually inspired many sayings on thrift, were used for making wishes and were used by most baby boomers for their first purchase at the candy store. Historical facts surrounding the creation and use of the penny are in small print at the bottom of most pages as penny reminisces about her past glory days. Colorful illustrations featuring penny personified add to this stroll down memory lane. Penny is abruptly awakened from her daydream by the two boys arguing over who is going first. Penny wisely smiles at her critics as the boy takes her from his pocket to flip, of course, to determine who is going first. This look back at America's use of this lowly coin will bring smiles to parents and keep alive the lore surrounding the lowly penny for youngsters. 2003, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 5 to 8.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-A young boy finds a penny and puts it in his pocket, much to the irritation of the other "treasures" that reside there. Then, the perspective shifts to Penny's point of view. After being told that she is worthless by the other objects, the coin reminisces about "happier days," being tossed in a fountain, paying for candy or a pony ride, and being collected in a jar for the Red Cross. Beneath these rhyming verses, background information about the creation and use of pennies throughout United States history is presented in an extremely small font. Writing in the first person and using an enthusiastic tone ("I like pennies!"), the author asks readers to question their family members about the long-ago uses of this coin. The large, brightly colored paintings help to move the action along. Penny is depicted as a 1934 beauty with blue eyes and stick limbs. Similar in style to Loreen Leedy's Follow the Money! (Holiday, 2002), Brennan-Nelson's offering has a denser text and less appealing artwork. References in the story portion of the text will only be understood if the factual part is read or explained to children, and the tale itself is contrived. Stuck somewhere between a picture book and an informational account, this Penny is not worth saving.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585361281
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Sleeping Bear Picture Books
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,356,545
Product dimensions:
10.37(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

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