Sam y el Dinero de la Suerte: Sam and the Lucky Monet

Sam y el Dinero de la Suerte: Sam and the Lucky Monet

by Karen Chinn, Cornelius Van Wright
     
 

Sam can hardly wait to go shopping with his mom. It's Chinese New Year's day and his grandparents have given him the traditional gift of lucky money–red envelopes called leisees (lay-sees). This year Sam is finally old enough to spend it any way he chooses. Best of all, he gets to spend his lucky money in his favorite place — Chinatown!But when Sam realizes…  See more details below

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Sam can hardly wait to go shopping with his mom. It's Chinese New Year's day and his grandparents have given him the traditional gift of lucky money–red envelopes called leisees (lay-sees). This year Sam is finally old enough to spend it any way he chooses. Best of all, he gets to spend his lucky money in his favorite place — Chinatown!But when Sam realizes that his grandparents' gift is not enough to get the things he wants, his excitement turns to disappointment. Even though his mother reminds him that he should appreciate the gift, Sam is not convinced — until a surprise encounter with a stranger.

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Children's Literature
When Sam leaves with his family for the New Years celebration in Chinatown, he has with him four whole dollars, compliments of his grandparents, and this year he has permission to spend the money in any way he wants. Upon reaching the crowded shopping area, he accidentally kicks the bare feet of an old man seated by a door. Moving on, Sam decides to spend his money in a candy store, but he can't shake the image of the old man's bare feet. The passing of the large, colorful lion through the streets temporarily distracts him as the festivities come to a climax. However, once the crowd begins to disperse Sam sees a toy store. In the store, Sam decides that the object most worthy of the four dollars is a basketball; however, when Sam looks at the price of it and all items in the store, he decides that the money his grandparents gave him is utterly worthless. As his mother chides the young boy and pulls him from the store, they come across the old man again. His mother pulls twenty—five cents from her pocket and apologizes that she doesn't have more. Sam is astounded at the profound gratitude the man shows as he receives this small amount of money, and the man's reaction prompts the youngster to hand over his own four dollars. Set in a multicultural context, this tale allows readers to ponder the ideas of poverty, benevolence, and thankfulness. 2003 (orig. 1995), Lee & Low Books Inc,
— Ramirose Attebury Wendt

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584301684
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Edition description:
Spanish Language Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

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