My Rows and Piles of Coins

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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"I emptied my secret money box, arranged the coins in piles and the piles in rows . . ." The market is full of wonderful things, but Saruni is saving his precious coins for a red and blue bicycle. How happy he will be when he can help his mother carry heavy loads to market on his very own bicycle--and how disappointed he is to discover that he hasn't saved nearly enough! Determination and generosity are at the heart of this satisfying tale, set in Tanzania and illustrated with glowing watercolors that capture the warmth of Saruni's family and the excitement of market day.
 

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User Review  - MsBigfoot - LibraryThing

This picture book seems to be geared towards older beginning readers. This story has longer sentences and paragraphs than some of the other picture books in my list. Good lesson-teaching story. Read full review

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User Review  - manich01 - LibraryThing

Saruni has saved for months to buy a bicycle to carry goods to sell at market, but still doens't have enough money! Will he ever realize his dream? This beautifully illustrated story is sure to warm hearts and start conversations about self-sacrifice, family, and the Tanzanian way of life. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

E.B. Lewis's watercolor paintings appear in BIG BOY and many other picture books. The recipient of a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration, he lives in Folsom, New Jersey. Tololwa M. Mollel, an Arusha Maasai from Tanzania, grew up on his grandfather's coffee farm, an hour's drive from Mount Kilimanjaro. After receiving his B.A. in Literature and Theatre at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Mr. Mollel went to Canada in 1966 to complete his master's degree at the University of Alberta. In the late 1970s he returned to Tanzania where he was Senior Lecturer and Head of the Theatre Department at the University of Dar es Salaam. At that time he was also co-director of a children's theatre and arts group. Mr. Mollel has written many books for Clarion. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota..

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