Product: Sam and the Lucky Money
Category: Chinese New Year
Age: toddler, preschool, kindergarten, elementary
Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn, Cornelius Van
Wright (Illustrator), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
Sam receives four bright red envelopes decorated with shiny gold emblems
as part of the traditional Chinese New Year celebration, each
containing a dollar. He accompanies his mother through Chinatown - and
realizes that the "lucky
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.
Detailed descriptions of the
sights and sounds of the Chinese New Year celebration build in contrast
to Sam's growing introspection, becoming even more dramatic and adding
to the depth of the story.