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Sam and the lucky money
Chinn, Karen, 1959-
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Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Weston Woods, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog + 1 paperback book (1 volumes (unpaged) : illustrations ; 26 cm)
Sam must decide how to spend the lucky money he's received for Chinese New Year.
General Note:
The book of the same title was published in 1995 by Lee & Low Books.

Book illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu.
Reading Level:
AD 660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 17734.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 2 Quiz: 09960 Guided reading level: P.

Format :
Sound Cassette


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& Ying-Hwa Hu Sam can hardly wait to go shopping with his mum. It's the chinese New Year and his grandparents have given him the traditional gift of lucky money. But when he realises the money is not enough to buy the things he wants, his joy turns to disappointment. Even though his moth tells him that he should appreciate the gift, Sam is not convinced - until a surprise encounter with a stranger. Illustrated in colour. Ages 3 - 9.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A Chinese American boy gives his New Years' gift money to a homeless man. Subtle, sunny watercolors accurately render the boy's emotions and the Chinatown setting. Ages 3-9.(Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Sam receives four bright red envelopes decorated with shiny gold emblems as part of the traditional Chinese New Year celebration, each containing a dollar. As he accompanies his mother through Chinatown, his anticipation of how to spend it diminishes when he realizes that the ``lucky money'' won't buy as much as he had hoped. His mood is further sobered after an encounter with a man he stumbles upon in the street. He nobly, though not surprisingly, concludes that his four dollars would be best spent on the barefoot stranger. Though the traditional message that it is better to give than to receive will be apparent to adults immediately, it is handled in a genuine, thoughtful manner that will be realistic to children. Detailed descriptions of the sights and sounds of the New Year celebration build in contrast to Sam's growing introspection, becoming even more dramatic and adding to the depth of the story. The illustrators masterfully combine Chinatown's exotic setting with the universal emotions of childhood through expressive portraits of the characters.-Starr LaTronica, Four County Library System, Vestal, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.