Fifteen Dollars and Thirty-five Cents: A Story About Choices.
Fifteen Dollars and Thirty-five Cents: A Story About Choices
Kathryn Cole, author
Qin Leng, illustrator
Second Story Press
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9781927583821, $15.95, www.secondstorypress.ca
From the educational series called I'm a Great Little Kid, "Fifteen Dollars and Thirty-five Cents" is about making wise choices. A multi-national cast of kids explore the meaning of the Golden Rule, when Joseph and Devon find money in the schoolyard. Is the proper response "Finders keepers, losers weepers," as Joseph tries to tell Devon? Devon is terribly tempted especially when Joseph offers to share the found money with him. Later the friends discover two girls, one in tears, because she had lost the, $15.35 for a gift for her mother. There are some doubtful moments, but Devon listens to his helpful teacher and arrives at a good solution when he thinks of the answer to his teacher's question, "What would you want someone to do if it was your money that was lost?" Helpful suggestions for exploring the lessons in "Fifteen Dollars and Thirty-Five Cents" are included at the end of this delightfully illustrated story about doing the right thing.