Bibliographic Information: Mollel, Tololwa M., and Earl B. Lewis. My Rows and Piles of Coins. New York: Clarion, 1999. Print.
Brief Annotation: This story is about a young Tanzanian boy who saves up his money with the hopes of eventually buying a bike. His dream does not go as planned but the result isn’t too bad either.
Grade Level: 1-3
Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy reading about children around their age in other countries and cultures will enjoy reading this story.
Rating/ Response: 5 – The author does a fantastic job of illustrating this story and making the young boy’s emotions seem so real, the readers will instantly be able to connect with him.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever saved your money to buy something?
Reading strategy: Mathematics
Rationale for strategy: When teaching about money it is important to make connections to other cultures, especially since their are so many forms of currency. Making the situation real in your classroom by allowing students to buy items, will make the learning come alive!
Posted by: Katie de St. Aubin