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The Luckiest Penny
by deborah weed   

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Category: 

Children

Publisher:  The Art of Bliss, LLC Type: 
Pages: 

36

Copyright:  Jan, 2009 ISBN-13:  9780615289151
Fiction


The Luckiest Penny is the story of two rare 1943 pennies. One penny remains out of circulation, full of himself and selfish, caring only about how much money he is worth. The other penny decides to experience living and along the way discovers what really matters in life.
 

The Luckiest Penny

The Luckiest Penny 

How do children react when parents lose their discretionary income and can no longer buy them a Guitar Hero, Ipod or Xbox? South Beach author, Deborah Weed addresses these issues in her beautifully illustrated book, The Luckiest Penny.

 

The Luckiest Penny is the story of two rare 1943 pennies. One penny remains out of circulation, full of himself and selfish, caring only about how much money he is worth. The other penny decides to experience living and along the way discovers what really matters in life.

 

Weed has organized dozens of intergenerational focus groups where The Luckiest Penny was read and discussed. A theme emerged—children today seem to value themselves by how many possessions they have. When asked if the kids had to earn an allowance, one little boy quipped “I don’t need an allowance because Mommy has a credit card.” These innocents, Weed believes can still be reeducated to understand that money is not what makes us valuable. To that end, in the focus groups parents and grandparents shared stories about their lives. What emerged were conversations about what was more important than money: relationships, courage, and love.

 

The musical production of The Luckiest Penny, is now being staged and will include all original songs.  The illustrator, Ernest Socolov, is an octogenarian who has worked for Columbia Records, Esquire Magazine and American Broadcasting Company as an artist and designer.

 

Weed ends The Luckiest Penny with a list of thought provoking questions to facilitate a dialogue between the children and adults. 


Excerpt

Allister, was still all shiny because he had lived in a plastic case his whole life, where no one could ever touch him.

On the other hand, Henry wasn't afraid to get dirty!

Allister said, "Everybody wants to be like me."

"No they don't!" Henry said. He flipped himself closer to Allister. "You probably don't even know how to have fun!"

"Fun? Humph. . .Wait until you find out how much money I am worth," Allister said. . .




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