PENNIES IN A JAR by Dori Chaconas

PENNIES IN A JAR

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Age Range: 5 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

Parallels to current events, including parents with military duty and gasoline availability, make this story of a boy growing up during World War II extra-accessible. In a time when horse-drawn conveyances share suburban streets with automobiles, a young boy painstakingly puts aside pennies in a green glass jar, saving to buy his serviceman dad a special birthday gift. Dad isn’t the boy’s only worry: He is painfully afraid of the enormous, stinky street horses that pull the milk cart, the garbage wagon and the rag-and-newspaper-collector’s cart. If he can’t face this fear, how can he possibly take care of things until dad gets home? A photographer’s pony is a problem of more manageable size, and the boy gathers all his courage and most of his hard-won 56 cents to make an important present of proof of his bravery for dad. Text and art are well-matched here. Chaconas’s narrative hits the right notes, and Lewin’s shimmering watercolors are sun-splashed and copper-kissed, with studies in scale allowing the reader to get a real sense of the child’s perspective. A fine, illustrated author’s note explains how those who stayed at home during World War II worked together to support their loved ones overseas. (Picture book. 5-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-56145-422-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Peachtree
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2007




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